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Sebelius Likely To Stay Put In Obama Second Term

Politico Pro: Sebelius Looks Likely To Stay If Obama Wins
If President Barack Obama wins reelection, there are two very good reasons to bet on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to stay for a second term. The health care law's biggest changes don't kick in until 2014, so it makes no sense for her to leave now. And, it could be a lot easier for Obama to keep her on than to get someone else confirmed. Sebelius indicated last week that she wants to be around for the law’s big 2014 programs: the insurance exchanges, the tax subsidies and the individual mandate. And even if she wanted to leave, the White House could avoid a big confirmation battle on Capitol Hill by asking her to stick around Washington (Haberkorn, 9/12).

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