Tag: HHS

Join Jim and Greg as they dissect the left’s campaign to cancel Joe Rogan, Rogan’s response, and the critical question from a NYT reporter. They also welcome bipartisan sanctions aimed at Russia if it invades Ukraine but deeply groan at the pathetic description of the bill as “the mother of all sanctions.” And they assess reports that the Biden White House is deeply frustrated with HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and discussing who could do a better job.

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Join Jim and Greg as they cheer on conservative activists trying to sink the nomination of the unqualified and radical HHS nominee, Xavier Becerra. They also roll their eyes as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo claims he had no idea his actions offended any of the women accusing him of sexual harassment, and are disgusted that the media consider this a bigger story than the nursing home scandal. And they react to the revelation that the FBI gave Capitol Police had a fairly detailed warning of what would happen at the Capitol on January 6 but also told them not to take any actions as a result of it.

It’s Time to End Senate Confirmation Hearings


One of the Senate’s unique responsibilities is to “advise and consent” on nominations to senior positions in the Executive Branch, as well as every federal judgeship, from districts to the Supreme Court. It is serious business and takes a lot of time.

I would know since I’ve been a nominee subject to Senate confirmation (Federal Election Commission, 1996. It’s a long story, but I pulled the plug on my own nomination. A story for another day).

The last confirmation hearings that gripped the American public was the Brett Kavanaugh hearing in 2018 for his eventual confirmation to the US Supreme Court. I bet you remember it. Remember Christine Blasey Ford, with her last-minute, vague accusations of sexual abuse, followed by Kavanaugh’s “angry” response? And Senator Jeff Flake’s (R-AZ) weak, flaccid acquiesce to an extra week of FBI investigations, despite a clear lack of evidence of any wrongdoing, at the prodding of the well-disguised, deep partisanship of his colleague, Chris Coons (D-DE), who was clearly committed to destroying Kavanaugh’s nomination, along with his reputation? I’ll confess to being somewhat radicalized by it.

On this episode of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser joins Federalist Staff Writer Jordan Davidson to discuss President Joe Biden’s Health and Human Services nominee Xavier Becerra’s pro-abortion track record and the direction of the pro-life community under the Democrat-controlled Congress and executive branch.

Join Jim and Greg as they enjoy hearing HHS nominee Xavier Becerra squirm as he insists he never sued the Little Sisters of the Poor, just the federal government for giving a contraception mandate exemption to the nuns. They also peel back the sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and discuss the growing number of Democrats coming out to denounce him. And they hammer Amnesty International for removing its “prisoner of conscience” label for Russian political figure Alexei Navalny over comments Navalny made 15 years ago.


Dr. Rachel Levine, Failing Up


One of my favorite phrases is “failing up.” That’s when someone who is perceived to be unsuccessful, even a failure, is promoted. People who’ve worked in the federal government know what I’m talking about.

Recently Dr. Anthony Fauci, the 80-year-old, 30+ year head of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases and Allergies – allegedly our nation’s top epidemiologist – has been used, perhaps unfairly, as an example of failing up.

But today, we have a new candidate. Dr. Rachel Levine, President-elect Joe Biden’s announced nominee for Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services. It is perhaps the number three position at HHS, responsible for several hugely important agencies, from the Food and Drug Administration to the Public Health Service. It is arguably one of the top scientific positions in all government and the nation’s top health official (although Dr. Fauci was asked to be President Biden’s “chief medical advisor“).

Join Jim and Greg as they expose the insanity of Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen, who says the National Guard could be a threat to Biden since many of them probably voted for Trump. They also pummel Joe Biden for yet another nomination based solely on identity politics rather than competence. And they also condemn Biden for planning to kill the Keystone XL Pipeline, despite many good reasons for the project to continue.

Happy New Year! Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the government making the right choice to void a major penalty for distilleries that produced hand sanitizer to meet demand in the early months of the pandemic. They also discuss President Trump’s phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which Trump said Georgia officials had not done enough to investigate voting irregularities and said he needed to find nearly 12,000 votes. And they have fun with the total lunacy of House Democrats removing gendered language and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver ending his open prayer of the new session by saying “Amen and A woman.”

Join Jim and Greg, even though there are no good martinis today. They wince as Joe Biden taps radical lefty Xavier Becerra to run the Department of Health and Human Services. They also walk through the thoroughly unsurprising allegations that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo runs a toxic work environment. And they fume as the Chicago Teachers’ Union says returning to in-person instruction is due to racism, sexism, and misogyny while national unions convince Joe Biden to demand $100 billion to reopen elementary schools.

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President Trump has continued to act within the boundaries of our Constitution and laws, including in his declaration of a national emergency for COVID-19. He has not used this crisis to seize power for himself, or to direct goodies to his party, supporters, or family. I will lay out some chunks of law and the […]

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Pence Coronavirus Team Announces Daily Briefing [updated with transcript links]


We’ll be back here every day. Get used to seeing us. We’ll bring the experts in to make sure to give you the best and most high quality real time information. Best people in the world.

–Vice President Pence

It sounds like we are really gearing up on testing capacity, from thousands to a million tests possible by the end of this month. With the large expansion Vice President Pence brought his team back to the White House Press Briefing Room, announced the updated numbers: 43 cases not including the 48 brought back from overseas, and 4 new deaths, bringing the death total in the United States to 6. He introduced two new coronavirus task force members: Seema Vera, administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs secretary, as these two programs provide medical care to an enormous number of Americans, and have oversight for procedures in health care facilities within their programs.

Trump’s Team Speaks Again on COVID-19 [updated with author transcription]


President Trump’s team of healthcare agency leaders, centered in Health and Human Services, held a second big press briefing on the response to the Chinese coronavirus, calling COVID-19 by its nation of origin after the Chinese Communist government threw Wall Street Journal reports out of the country for a headline and story that was not complimentary of the communist regime. The official Trump administration position is more honest than the craven crew of Wall Street Journal “journalists” who are siding with the CCP propaganda claim of WSJ “racism.”

Here is the 44 minute video, of the February 25, 2020 HHS COVID-19 press briefing followed by the prepared remarks from the HHS website:

Coronavirus Update


President Trump’s team has come out with an initial briefing on the coronavirus outbreak, offering facts, cautions, and pushing back against panic. Johns Hopkins University has an excellent data visualization tool, constantly updating data on maps: “2019-nC0V Global Cases (by Johns Hopkins CSSE). CNET has a fact-based story, with lots of links, that is being regularly updated; it is now titled: “Coronavirus cases pass 11,000, US declares emergency: Everything we know.”

This was a display of competent communication to the American public, treated as adults. Dr. Redfield gave the numbers. Dr. Fauci then explained the question posed by people on Ricochet, including me: why is this different from the well-known annual deaths from the seasonal flu?* With the numbers and the differentiation in place, the briefers laid out a series of screening and quarantine steps that will go into full effect Sunday. Anyone who has been in the province where the outbreak started will be quarantined for 14 days, while those coming from other areas with known infections would be screened and then go into “self-quarantine.” They were also careful to speak of sympathy and compassion for the Chinese people who have been affected, directly or with family losses.

Here is the video and the whole transcript, of the press briefing, followed by the text of the presidential proclamation. Both the transcript and the proclamation are posted on the White House website.

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While the Left has been pre-occupied with giving rights to just about everyone else, Donald Trump decided to make a move that will finally protect our health care workers’ religious rights.   : More than 300 individuals filed a complaint with the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department over the last month, saying that their religious or conscience rights […]

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Richard Epstein describes a potentially groundbreaking healthcare case out of Idaho, where insurers are looking to give consumers more options than are currently allowed under the Affordable Care Act.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are thrilled to see Tom Price confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services.  They also discuss the numerous problems with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the Trump immigration order.  And they slam CNN’s Chris Cuomo for asserting that accusing a journalist of fake news is the equivalent of using the N word.

Tom Price Confirmed as HHS Secretary


At 2 a.m. Friday morning, the Senate confirmed orthopedic surgeon and Obamacare critic Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to head the Department of Health and Human Services. It was a strict party-line vote of 52-47.

Price’s supporters in Congress have touted him as about the most capable person possible to be HHS secretary. As the former chairman of the House Budget Committee, Price “has a thorough understanding of health care policy and the damage that Obamacare has caused,” Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said in a statement Friday.

“He can see the view from the doctor’s office as well as from the lawmaker’s office and will be an excellent partner as Congress works to rescue Americans trapped in the failing Obamacare system and to build better health care systems,” added Alexander, who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee….

Trump Chooses Rep. Tom Price for HHS


052412qualify12From the Washington Post:

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), an orthopedic surgeon who has been one of Capitol Hill’s fiercest critics of President Obama’s health care law, to be secretary of health and human services, a person briefed on the decision confirmed Monday night.

The public announcement of Trump’s selection of Price, a six-term congressman who chairs the House Budget Committee and is regarded as a policy wonk, is expected to be made as early as Tuesday.

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Example ACF Program (Administration for Children and Families) These LGBT programs above are offered by some of the 19 specialized division offices with at least 43 program areas provided by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) which is one of eleven operating divisions under U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), a cabinet-level […]

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Mona Charen noticed.  So did Mollie Z. Hemingway.  They are close readers of our mass media journalism.  They called them out this week for bias.  The Leftist mass media reported on an important and long-awaited Supreme Court ruling.  They were clearly disappointed in the ruling, but they gave the facts.  What Mona and Mollie noticed […]

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