Sylvia Burwell will have a lot on her plate as the next leader of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
If she’s confirmed, the outgoing White House budget director will head up one of Washington’s largest and most unwieldy bureaucracies.
She will preside over the next phase of ObamaCare’s implementation, including the second enrollment period that is just seven months away.
And she’ll enter amid high political stakes, as Democrats seek to neutralize criticism of the healthcare law and maintain control of the Senate.
Burwell’s tenure will not be as challenging as that of her predecessor, departing Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
The new HHS chief will take control at a time when much of the heavy lifting on ObamaCare has been done already.
But that does not take away from the learning curve and pressures that Burwell will confront.