Healthcare News August 2, 2012

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: GOP reps. compare birth control to Pearl Harbor, 9/11

    House Republicans didn’t pull any punches while attacking the Obama administration’s contraception mandate Wednesday. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) called the policy an example of “anti-Catholic bigotry.” Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), also a freshman, compared the policy to the events of Pearl Harbor and Sept. 11, 2001.

    “I want you to remember August 1, 2012 — the attack on our religious freedom. That is a date that will live in infamy, along with those other dates,” invoking former President Franklin Roosevelt’s address after Pearl Harbor.

  • WWII vet Sen. Inouye: Obama’s birth-control mandate is no Pearl Harbor

    The senior Democrat, who witnessed the Pearl Harbor attack, said earlier comments by House Republicans were “misguided” and “insulting.”

  • Feds issue West Nile virus warning

    Cases of West Nile virus in the United States have reached an eight-year high, health officials warned Wednesday.

    Americans should use insect repellent and get rid of standing water near their homes as precautions, urged the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    The peak period for contracting the mosquito-borne illness is approaching. Seasonal outbreaks are most common in the summer, with the highest number of cases in mid-August.

  • GOP lawmakers equate birth-control mandate with Pearl Harbor, 9/11

    Rep. Kelly said August 1, 2012, “will live in infamy” as the day that the controversial mandate took effect.

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