Pelosi Statement on the Resignation of Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Apr 10, 2014
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after it was announced that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius would resign:

“From day one, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has remained laser-focused on a single purpose: to make health care a right, not a privilege, for all Americans.  Her leadership has been forceful, effective, and essential. 

“Secretary Sebelius was a leader in the long effort to make history for our country with passage of the Affordable Care Act.  She has been the key figure in the day-to-day work of implementing the law and securing new protections for patients.  Her legacy will be found in the 7.5 million Americans signed up on the marketplaces so far, the 3.1 million people covered on their parents' plans, and the millions more gaining coverage through the expansion of Medicaid.  Beyond the law, her lasting impact will be felt in her work to expand mental health services, decrease disparities across communities, and promote women's health.

“Whether it was during her time as Governor of Kansas or as a member of the President’s Cabinet, it has always been a special source of pride to share an alma mater with Secretary Sebelius – Trinity University in Washington.  When the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, she and I were proud to stand together as 'Trinity sisters,' who brought our shared education and values to the fight for reform.  I know that Secretary Sebelius will carry those same ideals into her future endeavors; I thank her for her extraordinary service; and I wish her all the best.”

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