Friday, November 21, 2008

Bill Introduced to Block Bush Rule

Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced legislation yesterday that would prevent the dreaded Bush Administration’s Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation that could drastically limit access to reproductive health care and information from going into effect. As increasing evidence of the HHS rule’s true intent becomes known, more people and organizations are speaking out against it. The American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, and the American Hospital Association, among others have joined the coalition against the ruling.

Officials from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, including its lawyer who was appointed by the President, oppose the change. EEOC officials said they were not even consulted before the rule was issued. In July, twenty-eight senators joined Clinton and Murray in signing a letter in opposition to the new regulations; President-Elect Obama was one of the signatories. Obama has said that he would rescind the ruling as soon as he can, but the process could take up to 6 months. The Protecting Patients and Health Care Act proposed by Clinton and Murray yesterday will block HHS from finalizing or implementing the regulations.

“The rule being proposed by the administration would limit patients' access to basic reproductive health care services and information. The Protecting Patients and Health Care Act would prevent HHS from implementing this ill-conceived, midnight regulation,” said Sen. Clinton in a recent article.

Read Hilary Clintons Article on the Bill

Read More About the HHS Regulation

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