Healthcare News October 12, 2012

  • Biden, Ryan spar over US abortion rights

    Vice president said the next president’s Supreme Court’s appointments could determine if abortion remains legal.

  • Biden on Medicare: ‘Who do you trust?’

    Biden said Republicans “haven’t been big on Medicare from the beginning,” while Ryan said Republicans want to save the program.

  • Waxman protests ‘partisan’ GOP oversight of health law

    Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) charged Thursday that House Republicans haven’t been fair with their investigations into part of President Obama’s healthcare reform law.

    Waxman, the top Democrat on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, criticized GOP investigations into contracts with public-relations firms to help raise awareness of new benefits stemming form the legislation. Former President George W. Bush also spent millions of dollars on Medicare-related advertising, and House Republicans were silent, Waxman said.

  • Senator calls for criminal probe of meningitis outbreak

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is pushing the Justice Department to investigate the compounding pharmacy behind a deadly outbreak of meningitis.

    In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Blumenthal noted Thursday that the national death toll from tainted steroid injections has reached 14 and that thousands of patients are “still at risk.”

    “Obviously, I have reached no conclusion as to criminal liability, but there seem to be sufficient, credible factual allegations and harm to warrant this [investigation] request,” Blumenthal wrote. 

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