So Much for Making Policy Decisions Based on Science

By: Thursday May 2, 2013 7:55 am

The Obama administration has decided to fight a court order to allow Plan B to be sold over the counter to younger women. This is a very disappointing move by a man that goes to great lengths to pretend to be a “technocrat.”

 

Administration Again Fails on Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception

By: Wednesday May 1, 2013 6:49 pm

Update: The Justice Department filed suit to block Judge Korman’s ruling.

In a proposal that can best be described as adding insult to injury, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved making emergency contraception (EC) available over-the-counter for teens and women ages 15 and up. This convoluted proposal from the Obama administration comes despite a court order in early April by U.S. District Court Judge Edward R. Korman to make EC available over-the-counter to all ages within 30 days of his decision.

Emergency Contraception and Moral Panic: Dissecting the Newest Misinformation Campaign

By: Wednesday April 10, 2013 6:07 pm

Reproductive rights advocates have something to cheer about: A federal judge ruled last week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must allow universal access to Plan B over-the-counter for all ages. But anti-choice proponents want to have the last word on emergency contraception (EC), also known as the morning-after pill. Their strategy to limit access includes claiming that EC is unsafe for adolescents.

After Judge Edward Korman’s ruling, Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life said: “This decision allows the abortion industry to gamble with young girls’ health in distributing a life-ending drug, with no real understanding of the long-term implications on their bodies.”

Sebelius Acknowledges Some Will Pay More Because of the Affordable Care Act

By: Wednesday March 27, 2013 11:15 am

With Obamacare set to go fully into effect in less than a year, the administration is finally publicly talking about how ACA will create higher premiums for certain groups of people. From the Wall Street Journal:

White House to States: All or Nothing on the Medicaid Expansion

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 9:05 am

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that states will not be eligible for funding for the Medicaid expansion unless they expand it all the way to 133% of poverty as envisioned by the law.

Emergency Contraception Should Be Available Over the Counter. And You Can Make That Happen

By: Monday November 26, 2012 7:15 pm

The announcement from the esteemed American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), suggesting it’s time to make oral contraceptives accessible without a prescription, is the perfect way to re-ignite and re-engage public conversation about making emergency contraception (EC) available without restriction. We cannot afford another decade of political delays when it comes to common sense measures to improve women’s health.

Free Preventive Health Services for Women Begin Under ACA

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 2:00 pm

Today, a series of new health insurance regulations under the Affordable Care Act go into effect, in particular the free (i.e., no co-pay) preventive services for women’s health. And both the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress are in the midst of a full-court press to let everyone know about it.

Sebelius Acknowledges Potential Opt-Outs of Medicaid Expansion

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 9:30 am

For the first time, a top Obama Administration official has acknowledged the possibility that states may opt out of the Medicaid expansion from the Affordable Care Act. In a letter to state governors, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius writes that the Supreme Court ruling means that states could reject the expansion of Medicaid up to 133% of the federal poverty line for all adults under the age of 65 without risking their existing Medicaid funds.

White House, Surrogates Push Back on Catholic Bishop Uproar Over Contraception

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 7:00 am

I didn’t think we had reached the point in America where providing free contraception would be seen as a risky political maneuver, but here we are. Last month, the Administration agreed to universal access to birth control as part of the Affordable Care Act. Insurance companies would need to provide coverage for contraception in both employer plans and on the insurance exchanges without a co-pay.

Trying to Take Health Care Out of the 2012 Election

By: Friday December 23, 2011 12:50 pm

The health care policy moves by the Obama administration since the 2010 election all seem to be about trying to minimize as much as possible health care reform as a political issue in the 2012 election.

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