Healthcare News April 13, 2012

  • Catholic bishops issue ‘call to action’ on religious freedom

    In the wake of the administration’s contraception mandate, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said “religious liberty is under attack.”

  • Pressure grows on drug firms to sever ties with conservative group after Trayvon shooting

    Pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and GlaxoKleinSmith are the latest firms to come under pressure to sever their ties with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.

    ALEC helps craft business-friendly legislation for state lawmakers across the country, such as legislation outlawing penalties for failing to obey the federal health law’s individual mandate. Long a target for liberal groups, the group has come under intense scrutiny over the past few weeks over its support of NRA-backed “Stand Your Ground” legislation that enhances citizens’ ability to claim self-defense to avoid prosecution for harming or killing someone.

    “The public is fed up with big pharmaceutical companies pursuing profit over the interests of the average American,” Bob Edgar, president of the liberal advocacy group Common Cause, announced Thursday. “ALEC’s pro-corporate agenda to limit voting rights, undermine our public schools, assault collective bargaining and weaken laws protecting our environment is in diametric opposition to the public interest. This is neither good business nor responsible corporate citizenship.”

  • Gov. Patrick: Romney’s contribution to Mass. healthcare law was ‘individual mandate’

    The Obama team attempted to use the anniversary of Massachusetts’ healthcare reform law to link Mitt Romney to President Obama’s controversial legislation.

  • Anti-abortion-rights groups rally behind Romney’s campaign

    The Susan B. Anthony List and the National Right to Life Committee both endorsed Mitt Romney on Thursday.

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