Clearly more comfortable speaking honestly about the healthcare program now that she has resigned her position, Sebelius admits that the federal exchanges would have benefited from "more time and testing" before officially going online.
Sebelius announced her resignation on April 10, following the disastrous rollout of the exchanges and the deadline to sign up for health insurance.
Fox News reported, "The departing secretary said she decided after the 2012 presidential election that she wanted to leave the administration but decided to stay through the sign-up period. Sebelius said she gave her resignation in March and that Obama did not try to convince her to stay through the end of his term."
Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press, Sebelius explained, "I thought it was fair to either commit until January of 2017 or leave with enough time that he would get a strong, competent leader. I made it pretty clear that it really wasn't an option to stay on."
President Obama had kind words for Sebelius on Friday when he addressed her resignation: "Under Kathleen's leadership, her team at HHS turned the corner, got it fixed, got the job done," he claimed in a Rose Garden ceremony Friday morning. "And the final score speaks for itself."
Critics say the president's praise of the leadership of Sebelius is believed to be a facade, however, as White House aides report that Obama blamed her for the disastrous roll-out. Sebelius remains an advocate of the healthcare law, and has even accepted blame for most of the problems. "You deserve better," she said in a press conference last October. "I apologize. I'm accountable to you for fixing these problems and I'm committed to earning your confidence back by fixing the site."
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