US Department of Health and Human Services: Kathleen Sebelius (Secretary of Health and Human Services)
Why this was a big quit:
Regardless of political opinion, everyone knows Obamacare, the program Sebelius spearheaded. As Secretary of Health and Human Services for five years, Sebelius became a household name as the rocky rollout of the Affordable Healthcare Act came crashing down on her. She raised the ACA from birth and her departure once the program stabilized will not help it grow. Prior to that, she made significant contributions in her role, including overseeing the Swine Flu outbreak and advocating strongly for women’s health rights.
Why this is not as big as our Top 10:
Opponents and supporters alike were calling for Sebelius, the figurehead of the launch fiasco of what was supposed to be a groundbreaking healthcare initiative, to resign. While one can debate the degree of her success or failure, the magnitude of this story cannot be disputed. Sometimes there is simply no recovering from certain controversies and Sebelius’ role in the Obamacare launch is a prime example.