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HHS Secretary Sebelius Resigns

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by justinreilly, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. justinreilly

    justinreilly Stop the IoM & P2P! Adopt CCC!

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    Obama will nominate Office of Management and Budget Chief Silvia Burwell to fill the spot.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/11/us/politics/sebelius-resigning-as-health-secretary.html?hp&_r=0
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/10/sylvia-mathews-burwell_n_5130047.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvia_Mathews_Burwell

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/meet-sylvia-burwell-obamas-next-233327906.html


    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304058204579494203575843962
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    beaker CFS/ME 1986

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    http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/10/politics/kathleen-sebelius-resigning/

    ETA: I was merged ! Looks like I missed Justin's earlier post. Oh well. Always good to see the different stories . And a big story this is !
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    aside: It would be nice if they would mention that these programs can be essential to disabled people and not refer to government-issue disability insurance and retirement insurance (Medicare) and safety net (Medicaid) as "entitlement" programs.
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    It looks like "entitlement" terminology comes from the Wall Street Journal, which is fairly conservative. Hence they're pro-business and somewhat anti-tax, which leads to a certain outlook regarding benefits for the poor or disabled.
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    If you had the UK media, they'd be called 'scrounger' programs.
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    After Ms Burwell is settled in, it would be great timing if we the community welcomed her. We could introduce her to our illness, the CFSAC, and definitely mention how President Obama has shown special interest in our cause!

    I'm too sick to volunteer but hope others will be able to put something together.
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  9. Ren

    Ren One of nineteen million dark horses.

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    "Entitlement" means/designates that a (qualifying) individual is legally entitled to (has a legal right to) x social service(s) within y geographical area(s).
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    Unfortunately it's usually used in a derogatory manner by certain news organizations and politicians in the US, in an attempt to portray the receivers of benefits as strident children yelling "gimme gimme gimme, I'm entitled to everything!"
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    This video clip from the Press Conference is missing an important part of a quote that is on display at the Hubert Humphrey building in Washington D.C. Here is the complete quote -

    "The moral test of a government is how it treats those who are at the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadow of life, the sick, the needy, and the handicapped."

    Apparently, the portion of the quote which defined those who are in the "shadow of life" as the "sick, the needy, and the handicapped" was left out of either the video clip of the speech by Sebelius or her actual speech.

    Hopefully, someone in the United States Government will understand that the treatment of those who are easily forgotten in the "shadow of life" is a moral testament as to how they are performing their jobs. With an opportunity for a new director and a new direction at the HHS, perhaps there will be an opportunity for those with oversight of this behemoth governmental agency to reflect upon the words of Hubert Humphrey and to realize the moral failing that has been perpetuated for over thirty years on those suffering from a devastating illness buried beneath a name called "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" (C.F.S.).
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    beaker CFS/ME 1986

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    Very well said.
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