Obama: Sebelius will 'go down in history'

President Obama declared embattled Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusIs a presidential appointment worth the risk? New Dem Kansas gov reinstates protections for LGBT state employees Next Kansas governor to reinstate LGBT protections for state workers MORE would “go down in history” at a Rose Garden ceremony Friday announcing her resignation.

The president acknowledged that Sebelius had collected “bumps” and “bruises” from the botched rollout of his signature healthcare law.


But he said that Sebelius had overseen the time when “the United States of America finally declared quality affordable healthcare is not a privilege but a right.”

“Yes, we lost the first quarter of open enrollment… [but] her team at HHS turned the corner, got it fixed, got the job done and the final score speaks for itself," Obama said during a ceremony featuring much of his Cabinet and senior White House staff.

“Kathleen’s work over the past five years will benefit our families and our country for decades to come,” the president said. “I will miss her advice. I will miss her friendship. I will miss her wit.”

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