[guest post by Dana]
The Washington Post is reporting that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be stepping down from her post on Friday morning. According to a White House insider, Sebelius began having a conversation with the President in early March regarding the transition.
“At that time, Secretary Sebelius told the President that she felt confident in the trajectory for enrollment and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and that she believed that once open enrollment ended it would be the right time to transition the Department to new leadership,” the official said. Bloomberg News and the New York Times first reported Sebelius’s decision.
The move comes months after the start of a rocky period in the rollout of the federal health-care law. The Web site on which Americans tried to sign up for coverage via the newly created exchanges was plagued by technical glitches and there was uncertainty about whether the administration would meet its enrollment goals. As the health-care implementation problems started piling up last fall, Republicans called on her to step down.
President Obama defended Sebelius back in November in an NBC News interview, saying that she “doesn’t write code; yeah, she wasn’t our I.T. person.” Press Secretary Jay Carney, defending her last week, rejected any suggestion that Sebelius would be fired.
UPDATE BY PATTERICO: “Shut up,” he Voxplained:
Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won http://t.co/GYi8z0ItLj
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) April 10, 2014