WASHINGTON (AP) – The woman who’s been nominated to head the federal Department of Health and Human Services is telling senators that the new health care law “is making a positive difference.”
But at today’s confirmation hearing for Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Republican senators are taking issue with that assessment. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee warned Burwell that Republicans hope to retake the Senate in November, and to scale back the law in a number of ways. He says they will try to “repair the damage” from the health care law.
Despite their differing views on that issue, Republicans have been offering praise for Burwell. Alexander cited her “reputation for competence,” and Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina said he plans to vote to confirm her. He says she’s a “tremendous asset.”
Burwell is President Barack Obama’s choice to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She resigned last month after presiding over the passage of the health law and the disastrous rollout of the federal enrollment website.
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