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Kathleen Sebelius Lets Proverbial Door Hit Her on the Way Out

US President Barack Obama (R) and Vice President Joe Biden (L) applaud outgoing Heath and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as Obama names Sylvia Mathews Burwell, his current budget director, to replace her in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington,DC on April 11, 2014. Sebelius resigned, paying the price for the chaotic initial rollout of the US president's signature health care law. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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At the White House, even unceremonious resignations come with ceremonies, so Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius got to say good-bye in public today after taking the fall for the fumbled heath-care rollout. “She’s got bumps, I’ve got bumps, bruises,” said President Obama, who admitted that the administration “lost the first quarter” of enrollment, but praised the end result. “Under Kathleen’s leadership, her team at HHS turned the corner, got it fixed, got the job done, and the final score speaks for itself.”

There are 7 and a half million people across country that have security of health insurance, most of them for the very first time, and that’s because of the woman standing next to me here today, and we are proud of her for that,” Obama added. “That’s a historic accomplishment.”

But when it came time for Sebelius to speak, well … “Unfortunately, a page is missing,” she said.

Kathleen Sebelius Fumbles Good-bye Speech