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The Weekly Pulse: Are We There Yet?

A Democratic Congress and administration look forward to early wins on children’s health insurance and building momentum towards health care reform.

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HHS “Conscience” Rule: What About End-of-Life Pain Care?

Most reactions to the HHS conscience rule focus on impending damage to reproductive services. But the rule will surely obstruct and delay good care in many instances, increasing the suffering of dying patients and their loved ones.

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Weekly Pulse: America’s Next Top Doctor

As surgeon general, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be an effective public advocate for public health goals, but will he be a good administrator and an effective leader of America’s public health professionals?

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Roundup: Teen Birth Rate Increases in 26 States; Focus on the Family Opposes Daschle Confirmation

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Obama’s pick for surgeon general; teen birth rate increases in 26 states; Focus on the Family opposes Daschle confirmation; maternity leave healthier for mothers, babies; University of Wisconsin clinic plans to offer second-trimester abortions; Rick Warren’s Uganda connections.

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HHS “Provider Conscience” Rule Puts Public Health in Danger

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.

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HHS Rule Out of Touch with Medical Reality

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.

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HHS Provider Conscience Rule: You Better Shop Around

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.

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Unconscionable Policies, Dangerous Politics

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.

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HHS Publishes Provider Conscience Expansion Rule

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.

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Sen. Tom Daschle Formally Nominated as HHS Secretary

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.

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