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Obama names budget chief as new health secretary
Obama names budget chief as new health secretary

By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli WASHINGTON — President Obama named White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, saying there was "no manager as experienced and as competent" to oversee the next phase of his signature healthcare law. "Sylvia was a rock, a steady hand on the wheel" as the administration dealt with the government shutdown last year, Obama told a crowd gathered in the White House Rose Garden. Burwell, he said, helped reach a two-year budget deal that "put an end to these manufactured crises that we had seen here in Washington." Burwell's nomination...

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