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New nominee for Health and Human Services secretary draws early fire from Republicans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s new nominee for health secretary drew some early political fire from Republicans on Sunday in what could foreshadow a stormy election-year confirmation debate in the U.S. Senate over the future of the law known as Obamacare. Two days after Obama nominated his budget director,…

Some Obamacare state exchanges doing well, but at least one is a disaster

Wednesday, the Seattle Times reported that the Washington Health Benefit Exchange had reported numbers that were even better than those released earlier in the day by Kathleen Sebelius and the Department of Health and Human Services. Between October 1 and November 7, Washington state’s website had enrolled 77,000 people in…

Health Secretary Sebelius named in report over ‘recent’ secret government emails

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, as well as a former director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal officials, were found to be using secret government email accounts in a review published by the Associated Press on Tuesday. But as Think Progress reported, what the AP…

Judge Orders the HHS to Relent on Emergency Contraception

There’s very little doubt, I suspect, in the minds of anyone that Kathleen Sebelius’s choice, which was vigorously defended by President Obama (and suspected to come from him), to overrule the FDA’s decision to make Plan B emergency contraception available over-the-counter without age restrictions, was pure politics. Anti-choicers have been…

Bachmann: ‘Health care dictator’ could force one-child policy

While most of the media was covering the results of Super Tuesday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on the GBTV program Real News From The Blaze to warn that the Obama administration’s contraception mandate could lead to one-child policies like those in China. “Women have a lot to lose under…

Suit seeks to make ‘morning-after pill’ available to girls

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Reproductive rights advocates on Wednesday asked a federal judge in Brooklyn to make the “morning-after pill” immediately available to girls of all ages without a prescription. The move by a coalition headed by the Center for Reproductive Rights attempts to override a decision by U.S. Secretary…

Obama admin. allows Medicaid protections for same sex couples

The Obama administration on Friday issued a policy guidance memo that effectively gives same sex couples the same protections as straight couples under Medicaid, the public health program for poor Americans. While the memo does not carry the weight of law, it advises states that the administration does not consider…

Up to half in US have pre-existing conditions: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As many as 129 million Americans under age 65 have medical problems putting them at risk of being rejected by insurance companies or having to pay more for coverage, according to a U.S. government study reported by the Washington Post on Tuesday. The Department of Health and…

US to apologize for ‘atrocious’ STD experiments in Guatemala

Unlike Tuskegee experiments, doctors intentionally infected patients with gonorrhea, syphilis, encouraged them to spread the STDs and many were left untreated Update at bottom: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius call study conducted between 1946 and 1948 in Guatemala ‘clearly unethical’ and ‘reprehensible’; at least one…

Counting down until someone claims that Democrats made swine flu up

The conservative attempts to politicize the swine flu have been the only funny thing about this pandemic that has killed over 100 people and threatens the globe. It’s really shown that your average wingnut was one black President away from spinning straight from nutty to completely conspiracy theorist militia-starting bonkers.…

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