The right of conscience is a time-honored value in our society. But it is not only health providers who have rights; so do patients.
Health care providers already strain to serve women while respecting workers’ rights under existing laws. Now Secretary Leavitt has put even more obstacles between patients and the health care they need.
Today’s provider conscience regulations go so far as to put the onus on patients to divine what information and services might be withheld by any given provider, and then shop around to find alternatives.
The HHS provider conscience expansion is just one example of an insidious effort by religious right groups to tip the balance away from patient access to care and toward conscience exemptions without consequences.
The Department of Health and Human Services today published a new regulation broadening protections for health care providers who refuse to provide health care services based on religious or moral grounds.
Former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle today was formally nominated as President-Elect Obama’s appointee to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
The HHS regulations are likely a done deal, but the movement for health care reform is gaining steam.
President-Elect Obama’s choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, will be responsible for implementing any health care reform Obama or the new Congress is able to pass. Will women’s health be on his agenda?
Abortion no longer a “wedge issue” in Western states; “troubling ramifications” of cosmetic genital surgery; Chinese woman allowed to continue her pregnancy; more about the next HHS Secretary.
The attention of the politically obsessed has now turned to speculation about who might be tapped to fill key leadership positions in President-Elect Obama’s Cabinet. Will we finally have pro-choice appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services?