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The Weekly Pulse: Good and Bad News on Health Care

The HHS regulations are likely a done deal, but the movement for health care reform is gaining steam.

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The New Health Czar

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?

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Roundup: Abortion No Longer a “Wedge issue” in Western States; “Troubling Ramifications” of Cosmetic Genital Surgery

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.

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The Next, Pro-Choice Cabinet?

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?

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How a Hospital in Wasilla Connects to New HHS Regulations

A fight over provider conscience in Wasilla, Alaska, has repercussions in the current debate over new HHS regulations.

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Bush Administration: We Can So Promulgate New HHS Regulations!

Is the Bush administration laying the administrative groundwork for promulgating the new HHS provider conscience regulations?

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VIDEO: Birth Control At Risk in Proposed HHS Regulation

In Maine, family planning providers are concerned about contraceptive and health care access issues already. So a proposed new regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services has them outraged.

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EEOC Objects to New HHS Regulations

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has a filed a comment objecting to HHS’s new provider conscience regulations.

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Bush ‘Conscientious Refusal’ Puts Us All At Risk

Whatever religious values medical providers hold, we must also respect our patients’ right to know all of their treatment options. For us, patients come first.

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Clinton, Murray Urge Leavitt to Protect Patients’ Access to Care

Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Patty Murray met yesterday with Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt to express their disagreement with proposed HHS regulations that would broaden existing provider conscience protections.

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