WASHINGTON, D.C. — West Virginia native Sylvia Mathews Burwell will be nominated for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, various reports said Thursday evening, with the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius expected Friday.

News of the Sebelius resignation was called long overdue by critics who blamed her Sebelius for the roll-out problems with Obamacare.

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Hinton native Sylvia Matthews Burwell believes ACA will help West Virginians.

Burwell, a native of Hinton, was appointed by the President Obama last year to lead the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Burwell was recently one of the administration’s lead spokespersons as the deadline for open enrollment in Obamacare came to a close March 31.

She told MetroNews affiliate WKLP in Keyser the Affordable Care Act would help West Virginia.

“There are number of issues in our state and people having the kind of health care that they need and deserve I think is going to make a big difference to the health and the happiness and productivity overall in the state,” she said.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin applauded Burwell’s pending nomination Thursday night with a statement released by his office:

“Sylvia’s experience in both the public and private sector, matched with the bipartisan relationships she has built over the years, shows that she is a public servant ready to take on this country’s challenges. I am confident that her leadership will ensure that we enact commonsense fixes to the Affordable Care Act to help improve the lives of millions of Americans.”

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  • Dusty Evans

    Anyone who is promoted by the Kenyan President is bad for the United States of America. A liberal democrat from WV is the lowest form of sewer slime/scum. Call Congress and tell them to vote No on her confirmation.

  • Jonus Grumby

    My confidence has now been restored (eyes rolling).

  • Shadow

    Anyone who would take on the job of managing Obamacare seems to be lacking something. It is a little like jumping out of a airplane without a parachute.

  • DWL

    Trading one incompetent for another incompetent to serve the m0r0n's ideology , only this one is a hillbilly leftist.

    • Hop'sHip

      That was definitely worth repeating twice. So much thought must have gone in it.

  • DWL

    Trading one incompetent for another incompetent, only this one is a hillbilly leftist.

  • Hop'sHip

    Uh.... Jeff Jenkins. If that is the biggest mistake you made today, you had a better day than most of us. Not all of us have achieved perfection, but that's alright because perfection is apparently accompanied by insufferable smugness.

  • Hop'sHip

    Congratulations Ms. Burwell! Some of us take pride in the success of a native daughter. You seem to have all the right critics, who have made judgments on your intelligence and competence based on your not sharing their perspective on the world. There are some from your home state that applaud your accomplishments. You just won't find them here.

  • PMQ

    Uh...Jeff Jenkins...it is "Mathews" NOT "Matthews"...nice try again MetroNusiance. Are you allowed to use Google to do any research?

  • Joe Schmoe

    We are screwed

  • Voter

    Sebelius should have been fired months ago along with Eric Holder.

  • Ragweed

    Here we go. Another unqualified obama shill set up to fall. She will bear the brunt of this monumental disaster.

  • 2XLPatriot

    Let's look at this.....Obama appointed her to lead the U.S.Office of Management and Budget.....We all know how well that went. Now Obama appoints her to head up the DHHS AND, Joe Manchin applaudes the decision. Not including the ACA, this whole cirlce has "Fail" written all over it! I don't care where she's from, if she's in Obamas cabinet and has the support of liberals, that's enough to tell me she has no clue. The blind leading the blind.

  • Tim C

    She was head of the White House budget office. You know....the ones who spend like drunken sailors? God help us all.....by the way, I apologize to all the drunken sailors. You don't deserve to be lumped in with the likes of them.

  • In da stickes

    This message board is proof positive that international powers are gleefully exploiting everyone's pocketbook while the American public bicker over the shell game called liberals versus conservative and Dems versus Repubs. Wake up sheep.

  • Mister G!

    Sylvia is a role model for all young West Virginians. With her in charge now, the Affordable Care Act just got cemented into America culture like Social Security ...

    • Aaron

      From a recent CBO report...

      CBO projects that under current law, the DI trust fund will be exhausted in fiscal year 2017, and the OASI trust fund will be exhausted in 2033. If a trust fund’s balance fell to zero and current revenues were insufficient to cover the benefits specified in law, the Social Security Administration would no longer have legal authority to pay full benefits when they were due.