2014-05-14T050136Z_1_CBREA4D0DZ000_RTROPTP_2_USA-HEALTHCARE-OBAMA

Burwell takes Obamacare hot seat before Senate finance panel

U.S. President Obama listens after nominating Director of the Office of Management and Budget Burwell to replace outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White HouseBy David Morgan and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Republicans get their last chance to grill President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. health secretary on Wednesday, but seem likely to take a harder line on the alleged failings of Obamacare than the job qualifications of Sylvia Mathews Burwell. The widely respected White House budget director, who got a cordial reception from both Republicans and Democrats at her first hearing last week, will appear before the Senate Finance Committee for a final hearing at which she is again likely to find support on both sides of the aisle. Finance Committee members could take a harder line with Burwell, since they are responsible for deciding whether to move her nomination to the Senate floor for a final vote, aides said. Democrats who control the Senate still hope to have her confirmation wrapped up before the May 26 Memorial Day holiday.

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