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HHS nominee wins GOP praise

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s nominee for health secretary is winning GOP praise as she makes her first appearance before a Senate committee.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is called highly qualified to take over as Health and Human Services secretary and assume leadership of the president’s health law.

The comments indicated Burwell could be headed for a smooth confirmation even while she is called upon to defend the unpopular health law.

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