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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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Panel: DOD, CIA Required Doctors to Break Ethics With Detainees

November 4, 2013 U.S. military and intelligence agencies improperly required doctors and health professionals to participate in "cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment and torture of detainees," an independent panel has found. The Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centers concludes that at the request of the Defense Department and ...

Independent Panel: U.S. Doctors Violated Medical, Ethical Standards in Detention Facilities

November 4, 2013 U.S. military and intelligence agencies improperly required doctors and health professionals to participate in "cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment and torture of detainees," an independent panel has found. The Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centers concludes that at the request of the Defense Department and ...

Administration Memo Shows Six Enrollments Through HealthCare.gov on Day One

November 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On the morning of Oct. 2, administration officials and contractors were told that six people successfully enrolled in Obamacare using HealthCare.gov. By the following morning's meeting, that number had gone up to 248. The memos from meetings about HealthCare.gov were produced in response to subpoenas issued to the contractors by ...

Obamacare Website for Spanish Speakers Has Problems, Too

October 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lost in the hubbub surrounding the malfunctioning HealthCare.gov is another missed deadline and closed door for millions of Americans seeking health insurance: Cuidado­DeSalud.gov. The Spanish-language site still does not allow consumers to enroll for exchange coverage, a delay that was previously estimated by administration officials to last until mid-October. A ...

GOP Wants Sebelius Fired Over Glitch-filled Launch of HealthCare.gov

October 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After failing to put a dent in the Affordable Care Act through the shutdown and debt ceiling deal, the Republican Party shifted its focus to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The Republican National Committee is tweeting #FireSebelius and their website homepage features a petition demanding that President Obama ...

National Weather Service Forecasts Frustration of Federal Workers

October 10, 2013 The government may stop, but the weather will not. It's why approximately 80 percent of National Weather Service employees remain hard at work tracking storms and issuing alerts. A statement on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website says it will continue to be maintained because it contains information that ...

What If They Shut Down Congress and Nobody Noticed?

October 3, 2013 While people often complain about a Do-Nothing Congress, massive staff reductions inside the Capitol could make that truer than ever before. The day-to-day business of congressional offices and committees—from constituent service to hearings and investigations—is largely on hold, as House Republicans and Senate Democrats stalemate over a budget agreement. Many ...

Shutdown Threat Has Federal Agencies in Scramble Mode

September 25, 2013 The government may shut down next week, but the National Zoo’s baby panda still needs to eat. “We would never, ever leave the animals unattended,” said Linda St. Thomas, chief spokeswoman for the Smithsonian Institution, which runs the zoo. But the zoo -- along with all the Smithsonian museums and ...

Obama's Affordable Care Act Looking a Bit Unaffordable

August 29, 2013 Republicans have long blamed President Obama's signature health care initiative for increasing insurance costs, dubbing it the "Unaffordable Care Act." Turns out, they might be right. For the vast majority of Americans, premium prices will be higher in the individual exchange than what they're currently paying for employer-sponsored benefits, according ...