Senator Tim Scott’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold confirmation hearings on Sylvia Burwell, the nominee to replace former federal Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius stepped down suddenly last week.
The South Carolina Republican voted for Burwell when she was named to head the U.S. Office of Management and budget, but he told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, “No doubt she was a good choice for OBM, but that doesn’t make her a good choice for HHS.”
This time’s vetting of Burwell will include scrutiny of the program she’ll be taking on:
“But the questions that we have to get to, however, is whether or not Director Burwell will be serving for the president of the United States with his agenda as the primary objective or will she get into the details of the numbers and she’s obviously strong on the numbers and figure out whether 7 million people actually signed up and paid, or whether it’s other independent sources suggest, that we’ve had fewer than 5 million sign up and pay, as well as looking at the fact that when you have 6 million cancellations and 7 million signed up by the president’s suggestion, that what is the actual number of those who have signed up and paid?
“So, we’re going to have an opportunity to discuss with Director Burwell her approach to making sure that American people are the primary objective and not politics.” Scott said.”