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Mitt Taps Transition Chief ... But Advises Himself?

Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt picked to help, should Romney win

(Newser) - Someone's looking confident: Mitt Romney has picked the leader of his team to guide the transition into the White House. Mike Leavitt was Utah governor for 10 years and chose Romney to run the 2002 Olympics. He also served as EPA administrator and then health secretary under George W.... More »

Rule Protecting Anti-Abortion Staffers Sparks Furor

Obama, agencies protest Bush plan that gives more leeway to moral objections

(Newser) - A host of hospitals, pharmacists, state officials and lawmakers—including President-elect Barack Obama—have slammed a last-minute Bush administration rule to protect health care providers from having to perform procedures they find morally objectionable, the New York Times reports. The plan would block federally funded hospitals, drugstores, and other organizations... More »

Bush Rule Shields Docs Who Deny Women Abortions, Pill

New regulation lets health care workers refuse 'immoral' work

(Newser) - Doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care workers would have the right to refuse to provide abortion services, contraception or even information on preventing or ending pregnancies under a controversial new regulation issued by the Bush administration. The proposed rule would force hospitals, clinics and other health care providers to... More »

Pro-Life Docs Need Not Perform Abortions: Board

Body clarifies ruling that had feds, physicians worried about certifications

(Newser) - Obstetrician/gynecologists who don’t want to deal with abortions don’t have to, the certifying board for their specialty said today, responding to Bush administration fears that the board was going to refuse to certify doctors who decline to perform them or refer patients to someone who does. The US... More »

Partisan Rift Stalls Health Reform, for Now

Dems will try veto override to boost care for poor kids

(Newser) - A partisan split over health care will likely stall all attempts at reform, at least until a new president takes office next year, the AP reports. Bush's health secretary, Mike Leavitt, opposes Dem ideas about negotiating drug prices and boosting dollars for children's care. “I’m not expecting too... More »

White House Ready to Deal on Kids' Health

Leavitt says he'll work with Democrats on insurance bill

(Newser) - The White House will work with Democrats toward a compromise on children's health insurance, Health Secretary Michael Leavitt said today. "If it takes more money, we'll put it up," he said, though he didn't specify how much. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi is trying to get the 14 GOP votes... More »

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