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Senate confirms Burwell as next health secretary

Senate confirms Burwell as next health secretary

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES:Sylvia Mathews Burwell, seen here with President Barack Obama. Photo: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Thursday confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as President Barack Obama’s new health secretary, a post that makes her chiefly responsible for implementing the controversial healthcare law known as Obamacare.

Lawmakers approved Burwell as the replacement for U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who spearheaded implementation through five stormy years that included last year’s botched rollout of the federal website, HealthCare.gov.

(Reporting by Emily Stephenson; Editing by Bill Trott)