“Regardless of my objections to
Obama tapped Burwell in April to replace
A West Virginia native and the daughter of an optometrist, Burwell currently serves as head of the
Burwell is a veteran of the Clinton White House, where she was deputy director of the budget office.
After leaving the federal government, she worked for a decade at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, part of the time as its chief operating officer. Most recently, she headed the Walmart Foundation, the philanthropic arm of
Praised by Democrats and Republicans for her experience in and out of Washington, she was unanimously confirmed last year for the budget post.
Few believe her confirmation as health secretary will be as smooth, as Republicans continue to fight implementation of the health law four years after Obama signed it.
"Republicans want to repair the damage Obamacare has done," Alexander said.
Burwell said she would consider the suggestions, but cautioned that weakening protections in the law could hurt consumers. "Flexibility is important," she said. "Principles are important."
Burwell next faces a hearing before the