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Clara Ritger

Clara Ritger Clara Ritger is a health care reporter for National Journal. Her multimedia and written work has appeared in outlets across the country including USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Indianapolis Star and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and film, television and theatre.
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Senators Will Play Nice if Chalabi Is Picked to Lead Iraq

July 9, 2014 Senate Republicans and Democrats express a common sentiment when asked what they think of Ahmad Chalabi. "Not much, but it's not my decision," said Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. "I wouldn't buy a car from him," said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Chalabi, 69, has been named ...

Former Bush Advisers Push Old Candidate Chalabi for New Iraq

July 8, 2014 Despite some troubling episodes over the past decade, at least two top advisers to President George W. Bush think Ahmad Chalabi could be the one to save Iraq. Chalabi, 69, is also the one credited with giving the Bush administration tenuous justification for invading Iraq, delivering false intelligence that then-Iraqi ...

Republicans Warn Obama Doesn't Have Two Weeks to Mull Iraq

June 26, 2014 The Senate has one foot out the door for the Fourth of July holiday week, and Republican hawks are warning that by the time they get back, it could be too late for Iraq. "By the time we get back it may be a done deal," said Sen. Lindsey Graham ...

The Difficult Reintegration of American POW Bowe Bergdahl

June 20, 2014 In 1973, Lt. Cmdr. John McCain published a first-person account of his more than five years in captivity in Vietnam. "As far as this business of solitary confinement goes," McCain wrote in U.S. News & World Report, "the most important thing for survival is communication with someone, even if it's ...

Iraq Vets in Congress Helplessly Watch Their Gains Lost

June 12, 2014 Americans are tired of war. For the 17 members of Congress who served in Iraq, that means watching helplessly as the cities they fought for fall once more to extremists. Militants believed to be associated with al-Qaida overtook Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, on Tuesday. The group then seized ...

Should the Government Force Food-Stamp Users to Eat Better?

June 2, 2014 Food-stamp users would be much healthier if they were forbidden to spend federal dollars on soda, but subsidizing part of the cost of their fruits and vegetables would not have a significant impact on obesity and diabetes, according to a new report from Stanford University. The Stanford researchers are the ...

Paper Medical Records Are Vanishing Into the Cloud

May 20, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Scores of filing cabinets containing thousands of patient medical records are disappearing into the cloud. Use of electronic health records systems in doctors' offices has doubled in recent years, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2012, 72 percent of office-based ...

Should the Government Slap Tobacco-Style Regulations on Fatty Foods?

May 19, 2014 If the government wants to make progress in lowering obesity rates, it needs to start regulating fatty foods much the way it does tobacco. That's the recommendation from a pair of international health organizations pushing policies it says would answer the obesity epidemic. Specifically, the groups recommend that the government ...

President Obama Officially Nominates Budget Chief as Next HHS Secretary

April 11, 2014 President Obama took another health care victory lap Friday while announcing the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Obama praised Sebelius in a Rose Garden address, as he formally nominated budget chief Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the next HHS secretary. Sebelius led HHS through the implementation ...

Does the Military Have Enough Psychiatrists?

April 10, 2014 Twelve consecutive years of war have turned soldiers into the subjects of an unintended experiment in the impact of prolonged conflict on the human psyche. And the results are still out, according to Army Surgeon General Patricia Horoho, who testified Wednesday at a congressional hearing. "I worry about the long-term ...