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Beyond the Sebelius Resignation

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Depending on which newscast you watch, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius either was let go by President Obama, or she resigned. But the main flap concerns the troubled years during which Sebelius took the lead to implement the mandatory national health-insurance law known as Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act became law in March 2010. It took Sebelius and her department four years to implement a law that has 22,000 pages of regulations. The former Kansas governor is being lambasted today by lawmakers who charge that, on her watch, the rollout of Obamacare was a virtual disaster. Sebelius is being held largely responsible for the troubled HealthCare.gov website, which recently was plagued by breakdowns that encumbered the process of Americans signing up for Obamacare coverage. Yet, not long after the website was fixed and the worst was over, Sebelius is on her way out. And most media on Capitol Hill claim her resignation has long been anticipated, even though Obamacare enrollment numbers appear satisfactory. The Washington newspaper The Hill noted: "Sebelius's long-expected departure comes just two weeks after the end of Obamacare's first enrollment period, which culminated in the Administration exceeding its original target of enrolling 7 million people. . ." But despite this enrollment achievement, the White House mainly seems concerned that the problems of implementing Obamacare have sapped the Democratic Party's momentum. Indeed, the Obama Administration has brought the Democratic Party the following: · A mandatory health insurance law that some Americans see as guaranteed income for select insurance companies. · Enrollment delays for those who want insurance under this law, and fines for those who don't. · And new Transpacific and Transatlantic free-trade deals that are of great concern to the labor unions and fellow Democratic politicians who support President Obama. In other words, the Sebelius affair is merely the latest tremor that imperils the Democratic Party. Because of all these issues, the party could lose support in the midterm elections and possibly lose control of the Senate. But while news about the departure of Sebelius fades, Obama intends to replace her with Sylvia Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget. The White House announced Burwell's nomination Friday morning. The Senate will have to concur for Burwell to assume her new cabinet post as the next Health and Human Services Director. Accordingly, it's important to consider Burwell's pedigree. This Rhodes Scholar is a former head of the Walmart Foundation. She also served as head of the Global Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But what's especially interesting is that Burwell is still a member of the more obscure Aspen Strategy Group. The Aspen Strategy Group is a policy program of The Aspen Institute, a think tank based in Washington D.C. Due to this membership, Burwell closely collaborates with Aspen members who also are Trilateral Commission members. The more secretive Trilateral Commission, formed in 1973, has long been accused of surrendering U.S. sovereignty in order to form a global government that would ultimately scrap the U.S. Constitution. One notable Aspen Group member who's also on this commission is Harvard political scientist Joseph Nye Jr. He actually chairs the North American branch of the Trilateral Commission. Another notable Aspen member on the commission is Robert Zoellick, a former World Bank president and former U.S. trade representative. So, while Americans are hearing a lot about the sins of Sebelius, it may be more important to focus on who's been nominated to replace her. Download your free Next News "Heroes & Villains" Poster here: http://nextnewsnetwork.com/the-2013-heroes-villains-posters Donate USD: http://nnn.is/donate-dollars Donate BTC: http://nnn.is/donate-bitcoin LIVE: http://NextNewsNetwork.com Fa...