WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) released the following statement tonight on the departure of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the next Secretary:
"Secretary Sebelius has served with great distinction over the past five years, overseeing the complex implementation of the Affordable Care Act and working day-in and day-out to ensure that more Americans can lead healthier lives. Thanks, in large part, to her efforts and leadership, 7.5 million Americans now have coverage through the state and federal health insurance marketplaces, no one faces discrimination because of a pre-existing condition, and Medicare beneficiaries have access to a range of preventive care services for free. I have known Kathleen and her family for many years, and she epitomizes service and love of country. I join in thanking her for all the work she has done and wishing her well on her future endeavors.
"I also want to congratulate Sylvia Burwell on her selection as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. I have had the opportunity to work with Sylvia in many capacities over the years, including in her current role as the head of the Office of Management and Budget. I have deep respect for her knowledge of the issues and passion for service. She is an extraordinarily able individual with extensive experience, who knows government and works with people in a positive way to get things done. I know that she will be a great Secretary, and I look forward to continuing to work with her."