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Notes on Sebelius' Resignation, Politics & Medicare Money, 2nd Amendment — Physician’s First Watch

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April 14, 2014

Notes on Sebelius' Resignation, Politics & Medicare Money, 2nd Amendment

By Joe Elia

To commentators, Kathleen Sebelius' resignation as Secretary of Health and Human Services late last week seemed the result of administration worries about the effect the Affordable Care Act could have on 2014's mid-term elections.

The Wall Street Journal characterized the resignation as "one more attempt to dodge political responsibility" for the botched rollout. Meanwhile, the New York Times' editorial page editor blogged that the President's recitation of his administration's accomplishments "didn’t even mention his own health law."

And speaking of medicine and politics, it transpired that Medicare's two biggest billers in 2012, together collecting almost $40 million, made generous political contributions to Democrats, according to a Times account. One of them, found to have overbilled Medicare by $9 million, "hired the former head of the Justice Department’s Medicare fraud task force" to defend himself.

Last week, the American College of Physicians urged activism on gun control. In the Washington Post, former Associate Justice John Paul Stevens suggested this: Change the Second Amendment to read "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms [when serving in the Militia] shall not be infringed."

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