Democrats Drafting Lists of Bush Rules to Change
By Ceci Connolly
All the buzz on the political blogs is about cabinet secretaries and White House advisers. But Democratic Hill staffers know that playing the name game is only part of the transition season fun.
Lawmakers and top health aides on both the House and Senate sides have been preparing lists of what they consider to be the most onerous or offensive Bush administration executive orders, rules and regulations that a President Obama could rescind quickly.
The most obvious target is lifting federal restrictions on embryonic stem cell research.
On Obama's final campaign swing through Colorado, Rep. Diana DeGette (D) "reminded him that since President Bush's restrictions were done by executive order, he can simply reverse them by executive order," the congresswoman said an interview Thursday. "He was very receptive to that."
Democrats are also pushing to overturn a directive by Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt that would make it difficult -- some say impossible -- for states to expand the Children's Health Insurance Program.
In August, Leavitt issued an order that any state wishing to offer coverage to children in families earning more than 250 percent of the poverty level had to prove it was already covering 95 percent of the children at 200 percent of the poverty level (or about $42,000 for a family of four).
"You can't get 95 percent of Americans to do anything," joked Len Nichols, head of health policy at the New America Foundation.
Leavitt subsequently said the department wouldn't enforce the provision, but it has not been lifted.
Virtually every time the White House changes parties, the incoming administration changes direction on insurance coverage of reproductive services for federal workers. That change can be made administratively through the Office of Personnel Management, said Nichols.
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November 6, 2008; 4:52 PM ET
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