Health secretary’s resignation leads to divergent interpretation

The timing of the Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ departure, less than two weeks after the end of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, has Washington spinning frantically.

Here are the facts: The White House will formally announce the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sometime Friday.

The announcement comes 11 days after the end of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, the implementation of which has had a few bumps along the way. Even so, President Obama’s administration exceeded its enrollment goal of 7 million during the six-month period.

As could be expected, the interpretations of just what Sebelius’ resignation means vary wildly. For example, here’s a portion of the statement from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky):

Regardless of the administration’s public explanation for the Secretary’s exit, Obamacare has been a rolling disaster and her resignation is cold comfort to the millions of Americans who were deceived about what it would mean for them and their families.

To contrast, here’s part of what Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said:

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