Healthcare News July 19, 2012

  • Scalia, on healthcare ruling: ‘I haven’t had a falling out with Justice Roberts’

    In a rare interview, the Supreme Court justice talked about the healthcare decision, Bush vs. Gore, and Citizens United case

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Another day, another lawsuit

    A leading Protestant college has filed suit against the Obama administration over its birth-control mandate. Illinois-based Wheaton College joins the more than 50 other plaintiffs that also see the controversial policy as a violation of religious freedom and have undertaken legal action to stop it.

    “Wheaton College and other distinctively Christian institutions are faced with a clear and present threat to our religious liberty” through the mandate, Wheaton President Philip Ryken said in a statement.

    The college’s objection stems purely from its objection to abortion and its belief that certain forms of birth control, such as the morning-after pill, prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the uterus. The many Catholic institutions that have filed suit share this view and also obey teachings that abjure the use of contraception.

  • GOP candidate Thompson once supported welfare waivers he now condemns

    Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) supported waivers under the landmark 1996 welfare reform law when he served as federal Health secretary, documents show.

    Now a GOP candidate for Senate, Thompson has joined other Republicans in denouncing President Obama for a new waiver policy meant to give states more flexibility under the law.

    Republicans, including the party’s presumptive presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, have said Obama’s new welfare policy “guts” the reform’s core work requirement.

    Administration officials argue that it merely gives states more latitude to meet the work requirement and help low-income Americans find jobs.

  • Former GOP Sen. Frist urges party to back key measure in Obama health law

    Former Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist defended the law’s insurance exchanges, which many GOP governors have refused to adopt.

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