Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

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Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 10, 2014, before the Senate Finance Committee to discuss the HHS Department's fiscal 2015 budget. Sebelius said 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. That's a 400,000 increase from the 7.1 million that Obama announced last week at the end of the law's open enrollment period. The figure exceeded expectations, a surprise election-year success for the law after a disastrous roll-out. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius listens as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 10, 2014, before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the HHS Department's fiscal Year 2015 budget. Sebelius said 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. That's a 400,000 increase from the 7.1 million that Obama announced last week at the end of the law's open enrollment period. The figure exceeded expectations, a surprise election-year success for the law after a disastrous roll-out. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius defends President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, as she answers questions from Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee during its review of President Obama’s budget requests, Wednesday, March 12, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks with guests as she waits for President Barack Obama to speak about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on April 1, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Americans rushed to buy Obama's new health insurance plans on March 31, prompting a victory lap from a White House that paid a steep political price for its greatest achievement. The scramble to sign up under Obama's health care law at the end of a six-month enrollment window caused website glitches and long lines at on-the-spot enrollment centersAFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 29: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius waits to speak to the media during an event where people were signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act at the Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church on March 29, 2014 in Miami, Florida. In two days, March 31st, the enrollment period for people wanting to get health care coverage this year comes to an end. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius speaks during an event in the East Room of the White House February 27, 2014 in Washington, DC. Michele Obama was joined by US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and others to introduce a new proposed nutrition facts labeling for food in DC. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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 enrollment period for President Barack Obama's health care law. Website failures marred the opening weeks of the six-month enrollment 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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