Big job ahead for Hinton native Burwell

An editorial from The Register-Herald

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Hinton native Sylvia Mathews Burwell was confirmed by the Senate last week as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

She’s got her work cut out for her.

Burwell succeeds Kathleen Sebelius, the former Kansas governor who became the face of the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

For that, Sebelius took the fall for the Obama administration.

The good news for Burwell is she has a clean slate to tackle the Affordable Care Act and try to straighten it up prior to the next signup season, which starts Nov. 15.

The bad news for her is that the problems that eventually drowned Sebelius are still there.

The confirmation vote was 78-17, showing bipartisan support and no doubt a little sympathy for Burwell and the job she faces…

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