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One last glitch: Sebelius' missing page at White House farewell

President Barack Obama thanks outgoing Heath and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as he names Sylvia Mathews Burwell, his current budget director, to replace her in the Rose Garden at the White House, Washington, on April 11, 2014.
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President Barack Obama thanks outgoing Heath and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as he names Sylvia Mathews Burwell, his current budget director, to replace her in the Rose Garden at the White House, Washington, on April 11, 2014.

She's finally free of HealthCare.gov—but not of glitches!

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's warm goodbye at the White House on Friday featured one last flub—a page that vanished from her prepared remarks—underscoring a tenure that will forever be remembered for the glitch-ridden launch of Obamacare.

The final hiccup for Sebelius, who announced her resignation Thursday night, came as she described the value of new Affordable Care Act insurance, which 7.5 million signed up for this year.

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"The personal reward for me, at the end of the day, are the folks who approached me, or the strangers who approached me at a meeting, or passed me a note on a plane, or handed me a phone with someone on the other end saying 'thank you,' " Sebelius said. "Their stories are so heartening about finally feeling secure and knowing they can take care of themselves and their families."

She then looked down as she flipped the page with those words, and, after glancing from side to side, announced, "Unfortunately, a page is missing."

Sebelius handled the flub easily, smiling as the crowd outside the White House laughed.

She ad-libbed, "So I'm just so grateful to have this wonderful opportunity."

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She then moved on to other remarks before her nominated successor, Obama's current budget chief, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, spoke.

Twitter instantly reacted to the moment, with people speculating what was on the missing page of Sebelius's remarks, and linking the event to the many errors people ran into when the federal Obamacare exchange HealthCare.gov launched last fall.

Politico's Kyle Cheney created the hashtag #Missingpage so that people could flag their responses and alert others to their guesses.

This tweet was an inside joke for health-care reporters:

So-called "834" files were a sore point between Sebelius' media affairs teams and reporters for weeks after the technologically disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov. There were widespread reports that the "834s," which contained data from the exchange that insurers needed to enroll individuals, were often missing or contained serious errors that were hampering the sign-up effort even further.

HHS at first denied the 834s were a problem in the initial weeks of enrollment last fall, and then refused to say for some time what the error rate was.

—By CNBC's Dan Mangan

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