Healthcare News May 18, 2012

  • Fury over birth-control mandate trails HHS Sec. Sebelius to Georgetown

    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ speech has raised Catholic ire in light of the Obama administration’s birth-control coverage mandate.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Sebelius will still give speech at Georgetown

    The scheduled speech has been overshadowed by criticism of the Health secretary from conservative Catholics over the administration’s contraception mandate.

  • Beverage association on guard against limits to food stamp use

    The American Beverage Association has hired a lobby firm to guard against legislative proposals limiting what types of groceries can be purchased with food stamps.

    Michael Torrey Associates is the first lobby firm hired by the association since the beginning of 2011. The firm registered to lobby for the industry group regarding “matters affecting the preservation of choice in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP], including potential changes in the farm bill,” disclosure records show.

    Members of the beverage association include well-known brands such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Red Bull, Kraft Foods, Sunny Delight and Red Bull.

  • Boehner: Keeping any parts of Obama health law ‘unacceptable’

    Conservatives are lobbying colleagues to avoid leaving popular elements in place, if the high court doesn’t repeal the entire law.

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