Calling her a proven manager that "knows how to deliver results." but she may also be a way to get the heat off of the democrats ahead of midterm elections, right?
Here to explain, bloomberg news national correspondent and paul howard, the director of the national center for progress.
What took so long?
Did they just want to wait until this was all said and done?
That's exactly right.
There were political and policy imperatives that led them to keep her around even the people at the white house were furious the way she botched the rollout.
The calculus was they would do more damage to the law and freak people out and keep them from enrolling if they have fired her last october, last november like she probably deserved, so i think she is fortunate she is able to stick around long enough to leave on a high point of the law now that it has exceeded enrollment goals.
Do you think she has more political support in that john mccain and paul ryan have been favorable towards her?
She was confirmed 96-0 by the senate.
You do not see that all that often.
When obama introduced her today, he touted her managerial skills, so that is sending a message.
The last hhs secretary could manage very well, and this new one will do a better job.
How much is a black -- how much of a black mark is this on kathleen sebelius?
Will she always and forever be fighting this debacle?
If there were any justice in the world, her reputation would be like michael brown, the fema chairman under george w. bush, but the fact that she did not leave in the middle of ms, she is going out under a high point, who knows?
She may wind up as a health-care lobbyist.
What does this mean now having a new head of healthcare.gov?
What does it mean for the future of health care, do you think?
The administration told them they could turn over a new leaf, so they've had a lot of turbulence.
The insurance industry has delayed major aspects of the law, allowed people to keep their old friends.
This is an opportunity for them to reset, but a new face at the top of hhs.
We are coming into the first real implementation year.
They hit -- what?
The complaint has been not everyone is actually in the program.
People have started the enrollment but are not fully enrolled.
Right, and i fully expect her to get confirmation, but that -- those are the exact things republicans are going to hit on.
As we look ahead to midterms, how big an issue is health care still going to be?
Does this soften it in any way?
I don't know that this resignation softens it much.
I don't think voters are keying on kathleen sebelius, but i do think that obamacare, a net, is probably negative for democrats, especially in a lot of these highly contested red states like arkansas and louisiana where you have a democrat trying to defend their seed.
Broadly, the overall state of the economy and jobs will be a bigger driver of votes.
This is something that has motivated economists.
Maybe poll numbers will move up a little bit now that it seems to be moving better, but i don't think that obamacare on its own is going to decide control of the senate, and i certainly do not think kathleen sebelius' resignation will have an effect one way or the other.
It's almost going to be a lose-lose situation.
Let's say premiums go up, that's not a win.
Let's say they spike -- big loss.
What would help them?
They pitched this law as all desert and, and the reality is there are no winners and losers -- they pitched this law as all desert -- dessert and no spinach, and the reality is there are winners and losers.
A lot of states have had a much more challenging time.
It is critical, is it not, that you see better enrollment right across the board from many different parts of the population if this is to succeed?
I live in maryland, very liberal state with a liberal governor, and it has been an absolute debacle.
The state exchange is so broken have basically given up on it.
This can hurt an individual state, but i think overall, attitudes toward the law are pretty much fixed into a trend.
They have been for years, and it got slightly more unpopular last fall with the rollout, and now things have kind of return.
It is not something that is going to provide a lot of wind in democratic sales.
There is also a feeling that it is here to stay, write?
That depends who you are talking to.
It is here.
It is law.
To overturn it at this point would be much more of a challenge.
Sure, on planet earth, that's the way people think, but in republican washington, a lot of republicans are still wedded to appeal.
There's reluctance to make some of the minor fixes and tweaks that could improve the law because by doing that, you are granting that it is not a socialist atrocity that must be repealed.
Republicans, even though this will help them in the fall, are somewhat stuck in the fact that they cannot really move forward from here unless they come up with an alternative that can pass a republican house and senate.
There's no sign they have anything like that.
They need that dixie dust --
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