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Sylvia Mathews Burwell appears before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for her confirmation hearing Thursday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 8 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama’s choice as the next health secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, sailed through her first appearance before Congress today unscathed, picking up support from two Republicans in the process.

Barring any problems uncovered in a background investigation under way by Senate staff, Burwell, the current director of the Office of Management and Budget, is likely to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as the next leader of the Department of Health and Human Services. She’ll also take over as chief administrator of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the $1.4 trillion expansion of health insurance.

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