Press Release

AFT President Randi Weingarten on Resignation of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

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Friday, April 11, 2014


Scott Stephens

 WASHINGTON— Statement from AFT President Randi Weingarten on the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

"Secretary Sebelius took on one of the toughest jobs in the administration, and she faced challenge after challenge with courage and grace. Because of her tireless efforts, millions of Americans for the first time have access to affordable healthcare—an essential building block to restoring the middle class and economic security for all. The Affordable Care Act is saving families money, keeping our communities healthier, and ensuring that Americans can get the treatment they need, when they need it, without battling big insurance companies. We are confident Sylvia Mathews Burwell will build on Secretary Sebelius' work to ensure that high-quality healthcare is not a luxury for a few, but a promise to all."

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.