For the House of Representatives’ version of health care reform, the dust has settled and details on its propositions are being revealed. The 1,990-page bill that was presented by Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week would include, among other things, many new government offices for women’s health.
The House Republican Conference released a list yesterday that compiles all of the supposedly new bureaucracies Democrats proposed. There were 111 named overall, including six for women: Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women’s Health, Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health, Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women’s Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Women’s Health and Gender-Based Research, Centers for Disease Control Office of Women’s Health and National Women’s Health Information Center.
They’re not all exactly new; The Health and Human Services Committee, for example, has existed since 1983, according to their Web site. A congressional Democratic source told Fox News that "the programs and demonstration projects they list aren’t new agencies but rather new projects." However, they do make it clear that the House’s version of healthcare reform will spotlight the special challenges that women face.
The news hasn’t been good for everyone, though. House Minority Leader John Boehner criticized his across-the-aisle co-workers for their new bureaucracies and told The Wall Street Journal, "It’s going to raise the cost of American health insurance."
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