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Life, Liberty, and Ending Inequality

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Four years ago, Seattle designer Charlene Strong lost her wife of 10 years, Kate Fleming. A world-renowned narrator of audio books, Kate drowned in he...

Jason Linkins

Politico's HHS Twitter Story: Blowing The Doors Off A Scandal | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

If you're wondering what the Politicoiest story of the day is, try this one on for size: "Administration site promotes vodka, P. Diddy."

Obesity Tied to America's Physical and Financial Health

Penny Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Penny Lee

Obesity is inextricably linked to our health --emotional, physical and financial. If we are going to fix our nation's economy, we literally cannot afford to ignore it.

Lucia Graves

Sebelius: Health Care Reform 'Puts Women Back In Control' | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius spoke Thursday afternoon at the annual luncheon for the National Partnership for Women a...

Existing High Risk Pools Could Lock Some More Expensive Health Care Coverage

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — It's an eagerly awaited early benefit of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul: affordable coverage for Americans with medi...

Obama Orders Hospital Visitation Rights For Gay, Lesbian Couples

Charles Babington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP)– In a move hailed as a step toward fairness for same-sex couples, President Barack Obama is ordering that nearly all hospitals allow...

PR Firm Behind Propaganda Videos Wins Stimulus Contract

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Michael Grabell, and Sebastian Jones, ProPublica President Obama’s push for electronic medical records has faced resistance from those who...

Ryan Grim

Sebelius To Insurers: It's Over, You Lost, Stop Looking For Loopholes | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Kathleen Sebelius warned the insurance industry Monday not to look for loopholes in health care legislation and informed it that she will be writing r...

Insurance Industry Agrees To Close Child Coverage Loophole

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — After battling President Barack Obama's health care overhaul the better part of a year, the insurance industry said Monday it won't...

Cook County Gets $16M Grant To Fight Obesity

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County was awarded a two-year, $16 million federal grant for obesity prevention on Friday. The money comes from the American Recovery and Reinve...

Ryan Grim

Sebelius To Lion's Den: Plans To Address Insurers | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Kathleen Sebelius plans to take the administration's argument for health care reform straight to the enemy this week. In a letter to top insurance lob...

Illinois' Dangerous Caregivers Missing From Federal Database

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois regulators revoked the license of one Chicago emergency medical technician in 2000 after she repeatedly failed to provide proper care to pati...

Global Health Diplomacy and the Muslim World: How Haiti Will Heal Us

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Collaborative work is emblematic of the increasingly important field of global health diplomacy and the Muslim world has an enormous role to play in this new conversation.

Nevada Budget Crisis: State Considers Diaper Rations, No Gloves For Caretakers

AP | SANDRA CHEREB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada officials on Tuesday outlined drastic cuts to the state's Medicaid program that include plans to ration adult diapers...

Congress Acts To Help Americans Return From Haiti

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Americans escaping from the earthquake devastation in Haiti could get emergency aid from the federal government under legislation t...

Medicare Paid $47 Billion In Suspect Claims, According To HHS

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — The government paid more than $47 billion in questionable Medicare claims including medical treatment showing little relation to a ...

Sebelius: Women Should Get Mammograms By Age 40

AP | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — Women should continue getting regular mammograms starting at age 40, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wed...

Louis W. Sullivan, Former Bush HHS Secretary, Supports Reform | Athena Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House is distributing a letter from former President George H. W. Bush's Health and Human Services Secretary, Louis W. Sullivan, expressing ...

Take Two Studies And Call Them In The Morning

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rick Horowitz

If you've been eating plenty of this and that because we kept proclaiming that this and that are good for you, you might want to scale back a bit.

Fake Secret Service Agent: Frederick James Nickerson Charged

AP | NAFEESA SYEED | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — A man posing as a U.S. Secret Service agent flashed a fake badge and credentials to con his way past security at the U.S. Departmen...

Do You Believe that One In 60 American Males Has Autism?

David Kirby | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Kirby

For the Obama Administration and the mainstream media to accept that autism levels have always been this high is, frankly, wishful thinking and unsettlingly wrongheaded.

Seniors to Humana: "Don't Lie to Us!"

Jerry Waxman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Waxman

This wasn't the usual group of activists rallying for health care reform--it was a 21st century version of the Over the Hill Gang, although there were no wheelchairs or walkers in sight.

The Will Ferrell Video - Actually Not a Parody

David Dayen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Dayen

Shocking that Mitch McConnell would leap to the defense, Will Ferrell-style, of a health insurer based in his state which has feathered his nest to the tune of six figures, no?

Sebelius: Closing Schools Won't Ward Off Swine Flu

AP | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that a massive school closing wouldn't stop the spread of the sw...

Biden To Announce Almost $1.2B For Medical Records

AP | CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CHICAGO — Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday the nation has never been closer to substantial health care overhaul despite "all the shouting ...