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April 6, 2013
[HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’] action was politically motivated, scientifically unjustified, and contrary to agency precedent.
Federal Judge Edward R. Korman • Denouncing, in very unambiguous terms, the decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to block the FDA’s decision that morning-after emergency contraception be made available over the counter, as opposed to requiring a prescription for girls age 16 or younger. Sebelius, with the vocal support of President Obama, had blocked the FDA’s proposed lifting of the rule in 2011 — Obama commented at the time: “I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine.” Judge Korman’s take? That the decision, in the midst of a contentious election season, was “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable.” source
17:07 // 1 year ago
February 16, 2012

Obama’s health care plan benefited tens of millions in 2011

  • 54 million people benefited from the Affordable Care Act in 2011 source

» Approximately one-sixth of Americans received one or more additional preventive care services in 2011, as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a newly released report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Over 20 million adult women received an additional service, as well as 14 million children, and just under 20 million adult men. Of the 50 states, Wyoming had the fewest patients (102,000) receive a new service while California took the cake with more than 6 million patients, over 2 million more than 2nd place Texas, receiving at least one new preventive service last year.

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12:28 // 2 years ago
December 13, 2011
We ask that you share with us your specific rationale and the scientific data you relied on for the decision to overrule the FDA recommendation [to increase access to Plan B].
Fourteen Democratic Senators • In a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who last week overruled an FDA recommendation that Plan B, the emergency contraception, be available without prescription to minors. In the words of Greg Sargent, who reported the story, “it isn’t every day that 14 Senators aggressively call out their own party’s Health and Human Services Secretary.” Then again, a lot of Senate Democrats are up for re-election next year, so there is an element of realpolitik at play.  source (viafollow)
21:28 // 2 years ago
December 7, 2011
18:40 // 2 years ago
January 25, 2011

U.S. government recovers record Medicare fraud dollars in 2010

  • $4 billion worth of Medicare fraud recovered by the government source

» Who do we thank? The Affordable Care Act (which you may know under its other name, somebody hissing “Obamacare”). The health care reform law institutes harsher penalties for Medicare billing fraud, and those penalties came to bear in 2010 as the Justice Department filed charges against almost 300 defendants, yielding this record-setting recoup of fraudulent claims.

13:02 // 3 years ago