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Prominent Republicans voice criticism of Obama health plans

March 18, 2009 by  

Prominent Republicans voice criticism of Obama health plansIn an editorial, Newt Gingrich and Rick Tyler blasted President Obama for rescinding the previous administration’s regulations in the area of medical practice.

They singled out his reversal of the regulation which enforces legal protections against discrimination of healthcare professionals who refuse to participate in medical procedures by invoking conscience for particular criticism.

"[The current administration] is signaling that it intends to ignore the law and refuse to protect the civil liberties of healthcare professionals based upon religious or moral conscience," they wrote on newsmax.com.

They noted other policy changes, including the reversal of the ban on federal funding for embroyonic stem cell research and the nomination of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services, as dangerous from the point of view of conscience-rights protection.

Gingrich and Tyler also ascertained that "the most hostile assault against the civil liberties in the medical profession may be yet to come" in the form a promised signing OF the Freedom of Choice Act which would lift federal and state restrictions on abortion.

Newt Gingrich is a former speaker of the House and currently a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Rick Tyler serves as Gingrich’s spokesman and is the founding director of Renewing American Leadership.
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