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Bernie Sanders Lambastes OMB Director Mick Mulvaney Over Health Provisions In Trump’s Budget Plan

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“Director [Mick] Mulvaney, tell me about the morality of a budget which supports tax breaks for billionaires, throws 32 million people off of the health insurance they have, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of fellow Americans,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Meanwhile, the Office of Management and Budget chief caused confusion when he hinted at the same hearing that he wouldn’t vote for President Donald Trump’s budget if he were in Congress.

Nominee For Indian Health Services’ Top Spot Touts Business Acumen, But Financial History Tells Different Story

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The Wall Street Journal reviewed the financial history of Robert Weaver, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Indian Health Services, and found that he has filed for personal bankruptcy and has liens against one of his businesses. Elsewhere in the administration, documents show that HHS worked with a conservative group to find ways to defund Planned Parenthood.

Following Creation Of Religious Freedom Division, Advocates Worry LGBT Patients May Forgo Care

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Research shows people who identify as LGBT already face significant health care disparities due to stigma and lack of provider awareness and sensitivity. The Department of Health and Human Services did not introduce any rules with the creation of the office, but the division will focus on reviewing complaints from medical professionals under existing laws.

Medical Credit Cards Can Add To Big Bills For Patients

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They may seem like a solution for consumers struggling to pay for medical procedures not covered by insurance, but consumer advocates warn that they can lead to unexpected penalties and sky-high interest rates.