Healthcare News June 2, 2012

  • Democrat worried about tainted seafood from Japan’s nuclear meltdown

    Rep. Edward Markey noted in letters to two agencies that bluefin tuna caught near San Diego were tainted with radiation.

  • Sebelius touts health law’s work for LGBT community

    Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius touted the impact of the 2010 healthcare law on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans in a statement celebrating LGBT Pride Month.

    “All Americans, no less LGBT individuals, deserve the right to accessible, affordable, quality healthcare,” Sebelius said Friday.

    “The Affordable Care Act has already made significant progress toward ending some of the worst insurance company abuses,” she said.

  • House GOP to push bill aimed at lowering healthcare costs next week

    House Republicans will look to pass legislation next week that they say will help lower healthcare costs, something the GOP says the 2010 healthcare law has failed to do so far.

    Republicans plan to bring up the Health Care Cost Reduction Act, H.R. 436, which combines three bills Republicans have proposed over the last year.

  • Dem lawmaker blasts FDA for ‘ignoring’ antibiotic resistance with recent court appeal

    A House Democrat accused the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Friday of a “dereliction of duty” on antibiotic resistance after the agency appealed an order to ban three drugs in animal feed.

    “I suppose it’s not much of a surprise,” Rep. Louise Slaughter (N.Y.) said of the FDA. “They’ve buried their heads in the sand and ignored the threat of antibiotic resistance for well over 30 years. But avoiding this problem … only increases the threat to our public health.”

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