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Sylvia Mathews Burwell confirmed as secretary of Health and Human Services

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the new secretary of Department of Health and Human Services by a vote of 78 to 17.

As President Obama’s new health secretary, Burwell will be mainly responsible for overseeing the implementation of The Affordable Care Act. Her predecessor, Kathleen Sebelius, resigned in April after a “disastrous” launch of HealthCare.gov last year.

Burwell has been the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget since April 2013.

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