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Senate panel OKs Sylvia Mathews Burwell as health secretary
Senate panel OKs Sylvia Mathews Burwell as health secretary

A Senate panel Wednesday recommended approval of President Obama’s pick to oversee implementation of the Affordable Care Act, all but assuring Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s confirmation as the next secretary of Health and Human Services. Eight Republicans joined all 13 Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee in endorsing Burwell, who is expected to easily be confirmed when her nomination is considered by the full Senate, likely next month. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the senior Republican on the committee, praised her Wednesday as an “excellent choice.” Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) noted that although he does not support the healthcare law, he was confident that...

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