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  • HHS MOVES TO CANCEL MORE INSURANCE PLANS

    04/18/2014 11:38:43 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 18, 2014 | by Mike Flynn
    The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a rule that would, if implemented, guarantee that even more Americans who like their health insurance plans cannot keep them. Fixed indemnity plans, which pay insured customers a set amount towards medical expenses and are often cost-effective relative to more comprehensive health insurance, are popular forms of coverage, and potentially becoming more popular in the wake of Obamacare. Health insurance industry representatives say that fixed indemnity plans have been attracting more interest as many Americans look for a way to mitigate against the high deductibles applicable to many insurance policies available...
  • Kathleen Sebelius' Reign Of Error

    04/14/2014 9:05:36 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 14, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Health Overhaul: The midwife of ObamaCare exits stage left, leaving behind wreckage that once was the finest health care system in the world, less affordable health insurance and patients unable to find doctors and hospitals. Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services — referred to in the increasingly un-Affordable Care Act's iconic use of the phrase "the Secretary shall determine," which appears in ObamaCare's guiding document no fewer than 1,005 times — has determined that it's time to go. Or rather it's been determined for her by a White House in whose parallel universe ObamaCare's current alleged enrollment...
  • Meet Sylvia Burwell, the Titanic’s New Captain

    04/14/2014 5:25:38 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 15 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/14/2014 | David Catron
    The replacement of Kathleen Sebelius by Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the Secretary of Health and Human Services has been portrayed by the legacy “news” media as a new lease on life for Obamacare. The party line is that Sebelius was mortally wounded by GOP exploitation of a single uncharacteristic mistake—the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov—while Burwell is a brilliant Beltway veteran unsullied by controversy and possessing the very administrative skills needed to save Obama’s “signature domestic achievement.” … This tale fails to conform to the facts, however … The vessel is taking on water at an alarming rate, and Sylvia Burwell’s...
  • Sebelius: Pressure after rollout was 'awful' [I was flat-out wrong......]

    04/13/2014 8:06:47 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 70 replies
    April 13, 2014, 10:09 am Sebelius: Pressure after rollout was 'awful' By Elise Viebeck Outgoing Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she was "flat-out wrong" to believe that HealthCare.gov was ready to go on Oct. 1, 2013. Sebelius made the comment to NBC's Andrea Mitchell on "Meet the Press" in her first post-resignation interview. The secretary has only a handful of weeks left at HHS until her replacement is confirmed. In candid remarks about the healthcare rollout, Sebelius said she regretted not asking different questions when HealthCare.gov was under construction. "If I had a magic wand and...
  • Washington Post's Milbank: GOP Won't Go After Sebelius Because She's White

    04/11/2014 5:31:35 AM PDT · by SJackson · 37 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 4.11.2014 | Elisha Krauss
    Milbank implied to Al Sharpton that the GOP has not politically targeted HHS Secretary Sebelius because she is white During a segment on Thursday's Politics Nation with Al Sharpton, frequent guest Dana Milbank insinuated that the GOP only has issues with Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama because the GOP is racist. During a segment with Sharpton and MSNBC's Karen Finney about Kathleen Sebelius resigning, Milbank wondered why the Republicans on the Hill do not target her more considering she was the one who implemented Obamacare. Milbank stated, “ ... so let's compare Holder to Kathleen Sebelius, who...
  • HHS Director Quits Job, Writes Letter That Exposes HHS As An Inefficient Mess

    03/15/2014 7:49:27 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 27 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 3/15/2014 | Stella
    David Wright, director of the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) in the Department Of Health And Human Services, just quit his job in a big way. Wright wrote an insanely blunt resignation letter that was recently published by ScienceInsider. In it, he exposed the dysfunctional bureaucratic red tape that limited him from doing his job more than half of the time.
  • HHS Seeking Access to ‘Full Twitter Historical Data’

    02/24/2014 2:39:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Government wants ‘social media analytic tool’ for ‘ongoing monitoring’The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking a “social media analytic tool” that will give the government access to “full Twitter historical data,” according to a solicitation released on Tuesday. The agency is seeking feedback for a “possible future acquisition to provide near real time social media analysis.” HHS said it wants to use the tool for “ongoing monitoring” of public health issues. HHS provides a long list of requirements, including “access to real-time social media posts,” and “access to full Twitter firehose.” The agency requires an archive that...
  • Accomplished liar Kathleen Sebelius breaks pledge to Issa Committee, changes ObamaCare rules

    12/16/2013 9:22:41 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/16/13 | Doug Book
    On December 11th, HHS head Kathleen Sebelius told Darrell Issa’s House Government Oversight Committee that 365,000 had enrolled in ObamaCare. Later on during the hearing, this conversation took place between Sebelius and Representative Michael Burgess (R) of Texas concerning the definition of “enrolled”: Burgess: What if that patient doesn’t make the premium payment? You said they’re covered Dec. 23, but they never write the check. They never make the payment. Sebelius: Then they’re not covered. They are not enrolled, and at every point along the way, on the website they are told until they make the payment— (1) Sebelius repeated...
  • Kathleen Sebelius gets embarrassing gift at Memphis event

    11/02/2013 8:36:11 AM PDT · by Malone LaVeigh · 125 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | November 2, 2013 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Memphis, Tenn., for an education and outreach session about the health care marketplace, when a state senator presented her with a gift she didn’t appear to be happy to receive.
  • New Yorker Mag Cover Slams Obama and Sebelius

    11/01/2013 8:37:55 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies
    New Yorker Mag Cover Slams Obama and Sebelius By Noel Sheppard Created 11/01/2013 - 11:10am Don't look now, but even New Yorker magazine is piling on the disaster that is ObamaCare. Take a gander at the cover for the issue to hit newstands Monday: For our younger readers that might not get all of the jokes here, the computer appears to be one of the first available to the public in the '70s. The technician on the left is trying to insert a floppy disc which probably ceased being used about ten years ago or so. The hammer and screw...
  • Unaccountable: Sebelius says she doesn't 'work for' those calling for her resignation

    10/25/2013 6:40:11 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 36 replies
    foxnews ^ | 10/25/13
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is rebuffing calls from Republicans for her to resign over the troubled launch of the ObamaCare sign-up website, saying those asking her to resign are “people I don’t work for.” Sebelius gave the comments on a tour Thursday of an ObamaCare call center in Phoenix, which kicks off a multi-city tour by administration officials to promote the health care law amid the website's troubles. Sebelius said “no one is getting fired” over the litches and that her main focus is to get the website up and running. “The majority of people calling for...
  • Most powerful White House Obamacare official at center of IRS scandal

    10/14/2013 7:48:43 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/14/2013 | Patrick Howley
    The White House official who exchanged confidential taxpayer information with the IRS is a longtime Obama advisor and progressive activist who is currently the most powerful official on Obamacare implementation within the White House. Jeanne Lambrew, deputy assistant to the president for health policy, entered Obama-world in 2008 as a health-policy adviser to then-Senator Obama’s presidential campaign. She was subsequently named deputy director and then director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) now-defunct Office of Health Reform, where she reported directly to Kathleen Sebelius. Lambrew’s current “deputy assistant to the president” position, while modest-sounding, gives her extensive...
  • Sebelius Fails in Her Own State, No One From Kansas Signs Up for Obamacare

    10/03/2013 9:31:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been President Barack Obama’s main organizer and cheerleader for Obamacare since its inception. But you know the government-run health care plan is bad when the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department can’t get anyone from her own state to sign up for it. Today, the office of Congressman Tim Huelskamp revealed that according to one of the insurance providers in Kansas, none of the 356,000 uninsured Kansans successfully signed up for insurance on the much-hyped ObamaCare exchanges the first day. Huelskamp has had his own troubles signing up in the exchanges. The Congressman...
  • Supreme Court to Consider New Obamacare Case

    09/19/2013 11:15:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 19, 2013 | Ken Klukowski
    Obamacare is before the U.S. Supreme Court again. On Thursday, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) lawyers filed the first viable petition for Supreme Court review involving Kathleen Sebelius’ HHS Mandate, which requires employers to provide abortion-related insurance coverage, even if those employers have a religious objection to abortion. Section 1001 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) requires all large employers to offer “preventive services” to their employees or face enormous financial penalties. With President Obama’s approval, Sebelius issued a regulation that defined preventive services to include access to birth control, including those that cause abortions after conception. The regulation...
  • Kathleen Sebelius: The political debate over Obamacare is over

    08/22/2013 12:15:42 PM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 63 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 22, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    “While it may seem that this is still a political debate, the debate is really over,” Sebelius said, reminding the audience that the law was passed by Congress, signed into law, ruled constitutional by the Supreme Court, and President Obama was re-elected “overwhelmingly.”
  • Sebelius in talks with NFL on promoting ObamaCare

    06/24/2013 4:42:54 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 24, 2013 | Sam Baker
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday she is in talks with the NFL to help promote new insurance options under ObamaCare. Sebelius said the football league has been "very actively and enthusiastically engaged" in discussions about a partnership to encourage people to enroll in newly available insurance plans...
  • Dying Girl to Receive Lung Transplant After Sebelius Denied It

    06/12/2013 9:50:00 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 100 replies
    A dying girl who needs a lung transplant and only has weeks to live has will receive the long-awaited lung transplant she so desperately needs. Sarah Murnaghan, the 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl dying of cystic fibrosis, received national attention after HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius refused to help.
  • Top Obama appointees using secret email accounts

    06/04/2013 6:20:26 AM PDT · by don-o · 18 replies
    AP via Fox ^ | June 4, 2013
    Some of President Obama's political appointees, including the Cabinet secretary for the Health and Human Services Department, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees' email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more than $1 million for...
  • Emails of top Obama appointees remain a mystery

    06/04/2013 4:04:02 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 61 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Some of President Barack Obama's political appointees, including the Cabinet secretary for the Health and Human Services Department, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press. The scope of using the secret accounts across government remains a mystery: Most U.S. agencies have failed to turn over lists of political appointees' email addresses, which the AP sought under the Freedom of Information Act more than three months ago. The Labor Department initially asked the AP to pay more...
  • GOP members question healthcare 'navigators'

    04/16/2013 2:49:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/13/13 | Julian Hattem -
    House Republicans want more information about the Obama administration's $54 million grants to help people navigate the new insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act. On Friday, six GOP members of the Energy and Commerce Committee wrote a letter asking Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seven questions about the grants, which will allow "navigators" to help consumers shop for healthcare in new insurance exchanges. The legislators requested information "to assist the Committee in understanding the role Navigators will play" once the healthcare reform law is fully implemented. They asked about the role and number of the...
  • HHS survey shows that half of ObamaCare target market doesn’t want it

    04/04/2013 12:55:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/04/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    It's a nice catch by Investors Business Daily's John Merline, but not exactly a shock to anyone who understood the real dynamics of the uninsured before ObamaCare. Advocates for a government-imposed overhaul of the health-care industry regularly decried the 47 million uninsured at that time (now 48 million) as if it was a monolithic bloc of people clamoring for insurance but who had no way to access it. Now, their own surveys show that half of their target market has no interest in health insurance anyway: Let's leave aside for a minute the oddity of this effort. Its backers have...
  • Obama’s HHS Gets a Slapdown in Federal Court

    12/19/2012 11:19:32 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 1 replies
    National Review Online ("The Corner") ^ | December 19, 2012 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    A federal D.C. circuit court ruled late Tuesday, just a few days after arguments, that not only can Wheaton College and Belmont Abbey stay in court, but what the Obama administration has said about fixing the religious-freedom problem they and other religiously affiliated non-profits have with the HHS abortion-drug, contraception, sterilization mandate must become real policy, and that the Department of Health and Human Services must report to the D.C. court every 60 days until they fix the problem. This is a huge step toward some restoration of religious liberty as we’ve known it. (This particular court command, of course,...
  • Sebelius’ Violation of Hatch Act Won’t Be Punished White House Says

    09/17/2012 11:43:32 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Sep 2012 | John Semmens
    The Hatch Act’s prohibition against campaigning on the taxpayers’ dime didn’t stop Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from making a pitch for President Obama’s reelection at a Human Rights Campaign Event in Charlotte, N.C. “Strictly speaking, what she did was against the law,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz acknowledged. “But we also need to take into consideration her intent and prior record. Secretary Sebelius is a highly respected member of this Administration with no previous criminal record. Further, it is clear that her intent was admirable. An effort to help reelect the President serves a higher purpose. The...
  • Chick-fil-A Firestorm: A Preview of HHS Mandate Dangers

    08/07/2012 5:33:48 PM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 11 replies
    http://townhall.com ^ | Aug 07, 2012 | Paul Rondeau
    The mayors of Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. are publically threatening Chick-fil-A, telling them they are not welcome to expand in “their” cities because CEO Dan Cathy does not support same-sex marriage. Edwin Lee, mayor of San Francisco, even tweeted a threat: “Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.” It does not seem to matter that the First Amendment is crystal clear: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech.” Unfortunately,...
  • Sebelius Claims Power to Gut Welfare Reform, Contrary to Law

    07/13/2012 11:55:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    CNSNews ^ | July 13, 2012 | Matt Cover
    (CNSNews.com) – In a bid to expand federal welfare rolls, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claimed on Thursday that HHS had the authority to waive the key requirement in President Clinton’s welfare reform law – the requirement that beneficiaries find and maintain a job. A plain reading of the law, however, does not seem to support this claim. On Thursday, HHS issued what it called guidance to state welfare agencies, claiming that it could absolve states of the requirement that some welfare recipients work in order to continue receiving benefits. HHS claimed that its authority to approve innovative...
  • ‘Exorcist’ author, William Peter Blatty, to sue Georgetown University in Catholic court

    05/21/2012 4:18:06 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/18/2012
    The author who turned Georgetown University into a horror scene in “The Exorcist” plans to sue the school in church court, charging that his alma mater has strayed so far from church doctrine that it should no longer call itself Catholic. William Peter Blatty, who graduated from Georgetown in 1950, says the “last straw” was the university’s speaking invitation to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius, who addressed graduating public policy students on Friday (May 18), has been criticized by conservative Catholics for approving a mandate that requires many religious institutions to cover employees’ birth control costs. The...
  • Sebelius: Youth Violence Leads to Asthma and Obesity

    04/05/2012 10:13:10 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 18 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/2/2012 | Penny Star
    (CNSNews.com) – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Monday that youth violence is a “chronic health issue” that can lead to asthma, obesity, or depression for "the youth who are involved," although she did not make clear whether she was speaking solely about the victims of youth violence or the perpetrators or both. “But it's important to remember--you just heard from the law enforcement side of this--it’s important to remember that the costs of violence go beyond deaths or injuries or tolls on families and communities,” Sebelius said at a Department of Justice conference Monday on youth...
  • Obama Administration Picks a Fight With Catholics

    01/23/2012 6:52:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 113 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/20/12 | Patrick J. Reilly
    The Obama administration has chosen to ignore the First Amendment and add insult to injury for Catholics whose schools, hospitals and charities help make this nation great. Now the real fight begins. Religious leaders had feared the worst from Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and her Department of Health and Human Services, which since September has been considering whether to exempt Catholic and other religious employers from a regulation mandating insurance coverage for sterilization and contraceptives, including some that cause abortion. But on Friday afternoon, Sebelius announced the bad news in the most offensive way possible. Refusing even the smallest compromise with...
  • HHS OKs birth control with no co-pay

    08/01/2011 8:27:36 AM PDT · by jaydubya2 · 99 replies
    CNN ^ | August 1, 2011 | Sabriya Rice
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidelines in Washington Monday requiring health insurance plans beginning on or after August 1, 2012 to cover several women's preventive services, including birth control and voluntary sterilization. According to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the decision is a part of the Affordable Care Act's move to stop problems before they start. "These historic guidelines are based on science and existing literature and will help ensure women get the preventive health benefits they need," she said in a news release. More at Link...
  • Insurers must cover birth control with no copays (Welcome to Communism)

    08/01/2011 3:59:03 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 39 replies
    yahoo ^ | 8/1/2011 | ap
    Health insurance plans must cover birth control as preventive care for women, with no copays, the Obama administration said Monday in a decision with far-reaching implications for health care as well as social mores. The requirement is part of a broad expansion of coverage for women's preventive care under President Barack Obama's health care law. Also to be covered without copays are breast pumps for nursing mothers, an annual "well-woman" physical, screening for the virus that causes cervical cancer and for diabetes during pregnancy, counseling on domestic violence, and other services. "These historic guidelines are based on science and existing...
  • Obama Admin Defends Dropping Doctors’ Conscience Protections

    05/11/2011 8:53:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | 5/11/11 | Steven Ertelt
    In a letter to several pro-life groups complaining about President Barack Obama’s decision to drop some of the conscience protections for medical professionals, the administration is defending the decision. Several pro-life groups sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius warning her of the alarming effects on patients that will follow the Obama administration’s recent move to strip the medical community of key conscience protections on abortion. As LifeNews.com reported in February, the Obama administration overturned some of the conscience protections the Bush administration put in place to protect pro-life medical workers who don’t want to be involved in certain...
  • Feds ask Va. health reform lawsuit be dismissed

    05/24/2010 7:55:33 PM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 44 replies · 2,450+ views
    AP ^ | May 24, 2010 | Bob Lewis
    RICHMOND, Va. – President Barack Obama's administration on Monday asked a federal judge in Virginia to dismiss the state's lawsuit alleging Congress overstepped its constitutional bounds with the new health care reform law. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius argued in a motion filed hours before a midnight deadline that the law is well within the scope of the Constitution's Commerce Clause. Virginia's Republican attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Richmond less than eight hours after Congress enacted the law. It argues that requiring people to buy health coverage or pay a fee exceeds...
  • Redistributing Health?

    05/14/2010 5:43:54 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 20 replies · 732+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 14, 2010 | IBD Editorial
    Medicine: The administration's nominee to run Medicare and Medicaid is a fan of Britain's National Health Service and rationing services. He believes in less discretion for your doctor, more power for your government. 'The decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open" is what Dr. Donald Berwick, President Obama's nominee to head the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, said in an interview published in Biotechnology Healthcare in June 2009. The question is whether the Senate will confirm Berwick with open eyes. Berwick says: "NICE is...
  • Obama to name new Medicare/Medicaid chief: official

    03/27/2010 12:44:21 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 17 replies · 841+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 27, 2010 | Alister Bull
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has picked a top health policy expert to run Medicare and Medicaid, an administration official said on Saturday, filling a role at the heart of his historic healthcare reform. Obama plans to nominate Dr. Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a unit of the Department of Health and Human Services, the official said.
  • Sebelius: Obamacare Strategy is to Reduce Company Profits

    03/24/2010 9:15:09 AM PDT · by melwFN · 41 replies · 1,673+ views
    The FOX Nation ^ | 3/24/10 | melwFN
    Obamacare Strategy is to Reduce Company Profits
  • The Kossacks have graciously pointed out another failure in the WH transparency on HCR

    01/08/2010 12:55:20 PM PST · by Til I am the last man standing · 305+ views
    Kossacks | 1/8/10 | mcjoan
    Kossack Mote Dai's discovery that "objective" analyst and MIT economist Jonathon Gruber has received a sole-source contracts with the Department of Health and Human Services since June 19, 2009 to consult on the “President’s health reform proposal" has gained some larger attention. Marcy reported that he has two contracts for a total of $392,600 to consult on the plan. The issue is that Gruber has consistently been referenced by the White House as an objective analyst in support of the bill--including the controversial excise tax--without disclosing his role as a contractor on the issue. Link: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/1/8/823043/-Transparency-Problem-in-HCR-Debate
  • U.S. Will Donate Part of H1N1 Vaccine Supply to Foreign Nations Before Meeting This Nation’s Demand

    10/24/2009 8:22:56 PM PDT · by FreeKeys · 100 replies · 5,214+ views
    CNSNEWS.COM ^ | Thursday, October 22, 2009 | Chris Neefus
    Sebelius Says U.S. Will Donate Part of H1N1 Vaccine Supply to Foreign Nations Before Meeting This Nation’s DemandThursday, October 22, 2009 By Chris Neefus      ....... Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) asked Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebilius why the United States should get vaccinations ahead of people in other countries, including those in countries that are producing the vaccine for the United States. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)When Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) had his turn to question Sebelus, he raised the issue of whether the United States was "entitled" to the vaccine more than other nations. "Why should we be more entitled, the U.S. be more   entitled to...
  • White House Threatens to Prosecute Private Medicare Companies for Warning Seniors of Cuts

    09/25/2009 4:14:01 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 64 replies · 2,946+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/25/09 | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, D.C., September 25, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Obama administration has aroused a fierce First Amendment controversy after threatening companies selling private Medicare coverage not to tell their customers that current health care legislation would result in benefit cuts - or else face a lawsuit. The administration and Senate Democrats justify the move by saying the claim, spread by at least one such company, is patently false. Yet some say the administration is the one twisting the facts to help the unpopular legislation: critics note that even the head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office agrees that the legislation would...
  • HHS investigates Humana for Medicare mailer warning seniors on health overhaul

    The government is investigating a major insurance company for allegedly trying to scare seniors with a mailer warning they could lose important benefits under health care legislation in Congress. The Health and Human Services Department launched its investigation of Humana after getting a complaint from Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., a senior lawmaker usually viewed as a reliable ally of the insurance industry. "It is wholly unacceptable for insurance companies to mislead seniors regarding any subject — particularly on a subject as important to them, and to the nation, as health care reform," Baucus said Monday, disclosing the HHS investigation.
  • Obamas to Get Swine Flu Vaccine

    09/20/2009 7:21:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 53 replies · 1,251+ views
    AFP ^ | Sept. 20, 2009
    America's first family will get vaccinated against swine flu when they are advised to, President Barack Obama said in a television interview broadcast Sunday. "We want to get vaccinated. We think it's the right thing to do. We will stand in line like everybody else and when folks say it's our turn, that's when we'll get it," Obama told CNN's "State of the Union." With the northern hemisphere entering its autumn flu season and infection rates again beginning to spike, many Americans are waiting for the first deliveries of (A)H1N1 vaccines, expected to come in the first weeks of October....
  • Top Salaries Spread at Health Agencies

    09/19/2009 12:38:29 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies · 476+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 19, 2009 | Alicia Mundy
    Hundreds of federal health officials are earning more than cabinet secretaries because of a program intended to recruit and retain a handful of top-level scientists. The program is known as Title 42, after a provision in federal salary regulations. It was set up for "rare" cases to attract and keep "extraordinary individuals" in the health sciences who might otherwise defect to private-sector jobs, according to an October 2000 memo from a Department of Health and Human Services unit that sought permission to pay these individuals outside normal civil-service rules. An HHS memo from late 1999 promised to "ensure that these...
  • Sebelius on her bishop: "It was one of the most painful things I have ever experienced in my life"

    09/16/2009 4:17:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 83 replies · 2,092+ views
    Deacon's Bench ^ | September 16, 2009 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    The Washington Post the other day posted a lengthy interview with Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Catholic. A pertinent excerpt: MS. ROMANO: You are also a pro-choice Catholic, and I was reading some stories out of your home state recently where one of the bishops took an action. Can you tell us a little bit about that? SECRETARY SEBELIUS: Well, the Archbishop in the Kansas City area did not approve of my conduct as a public official and asked that I not present myself for communion. MS. ROMANO: What did you think about that? SECRETARY SEBELIUS:...
  • Sebelius: President Rules Out Public Funding for Abortion

    09/13/2009 11:35:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies · 1,207+ views
    ABC ^ | 9/13/09 | George Stephanopoulos
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told me on ‘This Week’ the President will go beyond language in a House bill to make sure no public money goes to pay for abortions under health care reform. Abortion foes argue language in the House bill has too many holes and that taxpayers could potentially subsidize abortions. Sebelius told me there will be no uncertainty with the President's plan. “In fact recently the Catholic bishops came out, after the President’s statement saying that his statement about what he intends in the plan that no public fund would go to fund abortion and the fact...
  • National Right to Life Responds to Sebelius Comments on 'This Week with George Stephanopoulos'

    09/13/2009 12:32:43 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 1,043+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 9/13/09 | National Right to Life Committee
    Contact: Derrick Jones, National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), 202-423-3329 cell, mediarelations@nrlc.org   WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 /Christian Newswire/ -- Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, appearing on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos, addressed questions pertaining to the effect of health care legislation on abortion policy. George Stephanopoulos has posted a partial transcript of the exchange on his blog at blogs.abcnews.com/george/2009/09/sebelius-president-rules-out-public-funding-for-abortion.html.   What follows is a reaction from Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the national federation of right-to-life organizations: "For months, the President, his staff, and his congressional allies have misrepresented actual...
  • Report: Closing Schools Wouldn't Ward Off Virus

    08/25/2009 7:28:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies · 1,358+ views
    ap ^ | Aug 25, 2009 5:21 am US/Pacific
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that a massive school closing wouldn't stop the spread of the swine flu virus, saying vaccinations must be the defense against a menace that one report said could infect up to half of the population. "What we know is that we have the virus right now traveling around the United States," Sebelius said in a nationally broadcast interview. "And having children in a learning situation is beneficial ... What we learned last spring is that shutting a school down sort of pre-emptively doesn't stop the virus from spreading." Sebelius appeared on...
  • Swine Flu Could Kill 90,000: White House

    08/24/2009 11:13:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 85 replies · 1,903+ views
    NBC ^ | Mon, Aug 24, 2009
    Swine flu could infect half of the U.S. population and kill as many as 90,000, more than twice the number of casualties incurred in a typical seasonal flu. The White House said in a report today that President Obama has been encouraged to push for quicker and more widespread vaccine production and appoint a staffer to be in charge of the pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reported. "This isn't the flu that we're used to," said Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Thirty to 50 percent of the country's population will be infected in...
  • Dept of HHS-Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection (per Fed Register)

    08/20/2009 10:26:33 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 25 replies · 1,663+ views
    [Federal Register Volume 74, Number 160 (Thursday, August 20, 2009)] [Notices] = [Pages 42077-42079] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: E9-20021] ----------------------------------------------------------------------- DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HHS. ACTION: Notice. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- SUMMARY: This notice announces the intention of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the proposed information collection project: ``2010-2011 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Insurance Component.'' In...
  • Administration Official: "Sebelius Misspoke." ("Nothing has changed")

    08/16/2009 7:07:49 PM PDT · by earlJam · 262 replies · 12,388+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 8/16/09
    Aug 16 2009, 9:11 pm by Marc Ambinder Administration Official: "Sebelius Misspoke." An administration official said tonight that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "misspoke" when she told CNN this morning that a government run health insurance option "is not an essential part" of reform. This official asked not to be identified in exchange for providing clarity about the intentions of the President... A second official, Linda Douglass, director of health reform communications for the administration, said that President Obama ... had not backed away from that belief, and that he still wanted to see a public option in...
  • 'Mad Money' Cramer: 'Demonize' Unhealthy Foods to 'Embarrass People' to Lower Health Costs

    08/10/2009 4:24:25 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 8 replies · 469+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | August 10, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    It's no longer just enough to educate people about making healthy decision. You now have to influence them psychologically to effect true change according to CNBC's Jim Cramer. Cramer, during his "Stop Trading" segment on CNBC's "Street Signs" on Aug. 10, suggested eating so-called unhealthy food be demonized, similar to how the tobacco industry has been - through a publicity campaign that even appeared in movie theaters. ...more (w/video)...
  • Obama's HHS Secretary Sebelius to SEIU: "Keep Doing What You're Doing"

    08/07/2009 9:42:31 PM PDT · by GVnana · 157 replies · 6,478+ views
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius held a brief conference call with SEIU members this afternoon. She hailed them as her “brothers and sisters” and urged them to show up at town hall meetings. She gave the same stultifying mini-lecture about the sanctity of Medicare. “Change is not easy,” she droned. “We need to roll up our sleeves.” No mention of how SEIU thugs rolled up their sleeves and attacked a black conservative protester in St. Louis or ran interference in Tampa Bay. In an attempt to reassure SEIU members that senior citizens would not suffer under Obamacare, Sebelius said “Saving lives...