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Obama's health secretary resigning after rocky rollout of health care law

FILE - In this Monday, March 4, 2013, file photo, Wal-Mart Foundation President Sylvia Mathews Burwell stands on stage in the East Room of the White House in Washington, as President Barack Obama announced he would nominate Burwell to head the Budget Office. In a sign that the White House is seeking to avoid a nomination fight, an official said Obama was tapping Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace Kathleen Sebelius, who has resigned as Health and Human Services Secretary. Burwell was unanimously confirmed by the Senate for her current post. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON - A White House official says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration.

The move comes just a week after the close of the rocky enrolment period for President Barack Obama's health care law. Website failures marred the opening weeks of the six-month enrolment period, but the administration rebounded strongly by enrolling more than 7 million people in health insurance plans.

Sebelius' resignation could set the stage for a contentious election-year confirmation hearing for whomever Obama nominates to replace her. Sebelius has served as HHS secretary since the start of the Obama administration.

The official was not authorized to discuss Sebelius' resignation ahead of the formal announcement and requested anonymity.

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