Judging by the way the left hates everything corporate, it doesn’t look like they’re going to be too big of a fan of Kathleen Sebelius’s replacement, Sylvia Matthews Burwell.
She has been appointed by Obama to head the Department of Health and Human Services and will be overseeing the rest of the implementation of Obamacare, the only problem is that she’s a former Walmart executive, and we all know how much the left loves Walmart.
She served as the president of the Walmart Foundation, which is the philanthropic wing of the mega-corporation, between mid-2011 and 2013 prior to returning to Washington to become the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget for Obama, according to The Blaze.
Having already served for the Obama administration, there shouldn’t be too much opposition to her nomination. However back in 2013 there were liberal groups that voiced their concerns over her affiliation with the retail giant who refuses to unionize.
A liberal publication called The Nation blasted the Walmart Foundation’s charitable giving as nothing more than advancing the corporate goals of establishing stores in certain areas since it would give to the preferred causes of local politicians and those who were politically connected.
The author of the article wrote that “Her nomination would be a coup for Walmart and its foundation, which under Burwell’s watch has wielded its massive budget to expand the retail giant’s influence at all levels of government and to pave the way for store expansions.”
They went on to criticize who the foundation donated to, such as the NAACP and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s pet causes, saying that they only did so in order to gain favor from politicians.
She also served in Clinton’s White House but it may not help her this time around as Democrats try to appeal to their base for the upcoming midterms. She’s more than likely going to be grilled for her ties to Walmart during the confirmation hearing due to the Democrats frequent criticism of the company.
It’s too early to tell just how much opposition she’s going to run into, however if the past is any indicator of the future then she doesn’t face an easy road to getting confirmed.