A Democratic senator said Sunday that it's "probably a good thing" that Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusSebelius on GOP healthcare plan: 'I'm not sure what the goal is here' Obama's health secretary to be first female president of American University Leaked email: Podesta pushed Tom Steyer for Obama’s Cabinet MORE is on her way out.
"She gave a lot of good service to the president and to the country," Whitehouse said.
“She was there nearly six years in an extremely tough job, at a very consequential time through the whole healthcare bill, through the rollout with all its malfunctions. I think it probably is a good thing to have a new face going forward."
He added that President Obama's new HHS nominee, White House budget director Sylvia Matthews Burwell, is a "very good choice" and will bring a "strong set of credentials" to the role.