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Roundup: Obama Staff Gear Up to Rescind HHS Conscience Expansion; Where Is the “Common Ground”?

Obama staff already reviewing HHS conscience clause expansion; what does “common ground” really mean?; reproductive health care for homeless women.

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OMB Approves HHS Refusal Clause, Last Stop Before Publication

OMB approves refusal clause rule, last stop before publication in the Federal Register. Sec. Michael Leavitt’s consolation prize to the far-right is just about done.

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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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Roundup: Ross Douthat on 08 Republican Electoral Losses; Obama and the Federal Courts

Debate over abortion shifts to debate over rights of health care workers; anti-choice movement not to blame for 2008 Republican electoral losses?; Obama can reshape federal courts; Indian ashram rejects woman living with HIV.

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Roundup: Abortion Has No Long-Term Effect on Mental Health; Allergic Reactions to Gardasil Uncommon

Abortion has no effect on long-term mental health; Clinton’s likely priorities as Secretary of State; allergic reactions to Gardasil uncommon; what effect would HHS conscience regulations have?

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VIDEO: Rachel Maddow and Melissa Harris-Lacewell Discuss Impending Lame-Duck HHS Regulation

Last night Rachel Maddow spoke with Melissa Harris-Lacewell about the Bush Administration’s impending HHS regulation that will vastly expand the right for all healthcare workers to refuse to provide service on the basis of conscience.

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November 20 Deadline Passes: When Will HHS Release Provider Conscience Regs?

November 20 came and went, with no mention of the expanded provider conscience regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services. Does this mean the rule change is dead? Doubtful.

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Bush Administration’s Latest Ploy, Ideology Before Women’s Health

New HHS regulations to limit patients’ access to basic reproductive health care services and information, The Protecting Patients and Health Care Act, would prevent HHS from implementing this midnight regulation.

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Sens. Clinton and Murray Introduce Legislation to Block New HHS Rule from Going Into Effect

Sens. Hillary Clinton and Patty Murray have introduced legislation that would block new Department of Health and Human Services provider conscience regulations from going into effect.

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Healthcare: Out With the Old, In With the New

An exciting week in health care news: the Bush administration is racing to take away as many reproductive rights as it can before leaving office. Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress are taking the lead on healthcare reform.

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