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Sebelius jumps into Nevada Senate race, blasts Angle autism comments

It isn't every day that a White House cabinet secretary thrusts herself this forcefully into a Senate race, but Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius today took a very hard shot at Sharron Angle over that widely-circulated video of Angle belittling mandated coverage for autism treatment.

"It is my understanding that Sharron Angle believes that there is a hoax, under the guise of autism, where you would include requests for treatments that may not even be required," said Sebelius, who was in Nevada promoting health care reform with Harry Reid.

Sebelius pounded Angle's comments as "insulting" to parents and kids, adding: "I don't know if there is anyplace in the country where the differences in the candidates are more stark than here."

It's strong stuff, and it underscores how eager Dems are to turn this into Angle's very own "chickens for checkups" moment. It's unclear whether Angle's autism video will have the legs that Sue Lowden's poultry barter comments did, but in a sense, the two moments are similar in that they do illustrate very real policy differences with Reid over health care in unusually stark and vidid terms.

Also: The Angle autism story may get another big lift, now that Jon Ralston has unearthed audio of Angle deriding insurance mandates for those with various medical conditions as the equivalent of government bowing to some "politically correct special interest."

At this point, all that's missing is a phrase as snappy as "chickens for checkups."

By Greg Sargent  | September 27, 2010; 4:37 PM ET
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I still maintain that the most disturbing section of the video is when Angle says (paraphrase) that women shouldn't get maternity leave because SHE isn't going to have any more babies.

How self centered and small can one be?

Posted by: nisleib | September 27, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Why did the Secretary jump into the campaign? I thought she only strong-armed criticizers of Obamacare? Is she branching out now?

Also does this now mean that Angle is "heartless" and not crazy and racist? Or all three?

Senator Reid thanks you for relaying his daily talking points

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | September 27, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Is this even legal for the head of a cabinet department to be out PARTISAN CAMPAIGNING ???


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 27, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't own a car, therefore I demand my tax dollars not go to paying for roads.

Posted by: jbsnyder | September 27, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you, nisleib - especially in light of the fact that she thinks abortion should be illegal in all cases - even for victims of rape and incest.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | September 27, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Is there some sort of memo your getting from Senator Reid to conflate chickens for checkups and Angle?

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | September 27, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I was STUNNED by Woodward's account of Obama typing up his own six-page WAR MEMO - and passing it out to the Generals.

For months, the Generals - who had decades of experience - were giving Obama policy options.

Instead Obama typed up his own policy options - then DEMANDED THAT THE GENERALS AGREE WITH HIM.

NOT good management style - this smacks of micromanagement - and insisting on doing highly technical things which are beyond one's expertise. Way beyond.

Obama was never in the military - but somehow Obama is qualified to draw up policy options? I don't think so.

What is WORSE- Obama appears to have shut down further discussions - so there is NO ONGOING REVIEW OF HOW WELL THE POLICY IS GOING.

Again, smacks of disaster.

It appears that Obama seems to be imposing the "liberal version of reality" on the Generals -

Is the problem the policy options OR REALITY ITSELF?

Is Obama trying to get his own liberal philosophy to bend reality ?

These are important questions of national security - and American lives are at stake.

Obama seems to be willing to sacrifice the lives of 3,000 Americans in American cities to get his liberal war policies in place - HOW DOES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT THAT?

Apparently the Generals do NOT AGREE - but Obama is forcing them to say they do AGREE.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 27, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Angle has often touted her Christianity, but given her stance on maternity leave and autism I'm thinking she is not a Christian at all. Certainly the bible is fond of "healing the sick and feeding the poor." Sharron Angle thinks these things are BAD!!!

A lot of GOPers hold such beliefs, why is that?

I think Ann Rand must have put out an edited version of the bible where greed is a virtue and you should do unto others BEFORE they get a chance to do unto you.

I wonder what her version of the bible is called?

The Bible: For Rich Folk Only
The Bible: @sshole version
The Bible: God Hates the Poor
The Bible: In Heaven You'll get 2 Bentlys

Posted by: nisleib | September 27, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The HEADLINE in that Politico poll, of course, is "Rocky road seen ahead for Obama" especially since Obama only leads Palin 50-42 (so, that's hardly "nobody" although I will admit there's certainly some more ground that needs to be made up before 2012 ; )

Amazingly, only 38 percent of respondents (including Democrats) think that Obama deserves to be re-elected

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42737.html#ixzz10kCyPP5E


Dude u honestly think OBama is a one Term President? I'll help u out, go research Ronald Reagan's Poll Numbers in Office after he was elected, you will see (Perhaps Not) that his Numbers were less than OBama, but he still got reelected in 1984. So be careful with your Future Predictions because you will not have "ACORN" to blame when he Wins. :) U JackA$$$!

Posted by: aunkmaa | September 27, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

The HEADLINE in that Politico poll, of course, is "Rocky road seen ahead for Obama" especially since Obama only leads Palin 50-42 (so, that's hardly "nobody" although I will admit there's certainly some more ground that needs to be made up before 2012 ; )

Amazingly, only 38 percent of respondents (including Democrats) think that Obama deserves to be re-elected

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/42737.html#ixzz10kCyPP5E


Dude u honestly think OBama is a one Term President? I'll help u out, go research Ronald Reagan's Poll Numbers in Office after he was elected, you will see (Perhaps Not) that his Numbers were less than OBama, but he still got reelected in 1984. So be careful with your Future Predictions because you will not have "ACORN" to blame when he Wins. :) U JackA$$$!

Posted by: aunkmaa | September 27, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

They are still fighting about the tax cuts


I don't think the American People elected Obama to start PARTISAN FIGHTS concerning tax brackets.


It just doesn't work for the American People - they don't want a hyper-partisan President.

Why Obama keeps falling into this trap is beyond me.


If Obama wants to settle the tax issue, it could be done in a few telephone calls - but Obama can't claim credit and slam the result over the heads of the Republicans as a "victory."


Clearly, Obama has to share the credit.


Obama has to be bipartisan. Those the are major problems here.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 27, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy that there is at least one Democrat in this administration who has the nerve and character to nail Angle for the nasty creature she is. Why has this woman gone unchallenged by the people who could and should be exposing her for the simple-minded, right-wing ideologue she is?
There's "high-mnded" and than there's not doing what needs to be done.

Posted by: m_richert | September 27, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

What are the laws concerning cabinet officials openly partisan campaigning at election time ?

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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 27, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Right up greg's alley:

"Biden tells liberal base: 'Stop whining'"

"Vice President Joe Biden on Monday urged Democrats to overcome their differences and support their candidates at the polls by telling them to "stop whining."

"During a fundraiser for New Hampshire Democratic candidates for the House and Senate, Biden said that Democrats should "remind our base constituency to stop whining and get out there and look at the alternatives."

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/121147-biden-to-democrats-stop-whining

Posted by: sbj3 | September 27, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Someone in Obama's cabinet shilling for Dingy Harry? I'm shocked! If Angle is this stupid, horrible dimwit the left is portraying, what will it say about the public's view of Dingy Harry if he loses?

And how is Dirty Rory doing in his bid to become governor?

Posted by: Brigade | September 27, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

It must nice and comfy in Angle's little "me" world, where everyone is like her and believes in what she believes. Until she wakes up and acknowledges that there are "gray" areas in all aspects of society, she has no business running anything where she can affect the lives of others.

Posted by: valerie14 | September 27, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Save the Rainforest -- Save your breath -- why do you keep reposting your "I was stunned" statement? You're wasting space here and contributing to eyeball pollution. Basta!


Good for Sebelius. What's wrong with Cabinet members campaigning, they're in their jobs because they're partisans.

Posted by: KathleenHusseininMaine | September 27, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Sharron "No Cure For You" Angle. She is an aspiring Health Care Nazi.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 27, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Liam - I guess health care should only cover the things Sharron Angle might suffer from.

So expect loads of coverage for mental illness.

Always look at the bright side, eh my friend?

Posted by: nisleib | September 27, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

still maintain that the most disturbing section of the video is when Angle says (paraphrase) that women shouldn't get maternity leave because SHE isn't going to have any more babies.

How self centered and small can one be?

Posted by: nisleib | September 27, 2010 4:51 PM.

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Being a glass is half full sort of person, I am delighted that Looney Angle will not be raising another child.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 27, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"The Angle autism story may get another big lift, now that Jon Ralston has unearthed audio of Angle deriding insurance mandates for those with various medical conditions as the equivalent of government bowing to some "politically correct special interest."

I'm not a fan of Sharon Angle but even a stopped clock is correct twice a day.

Direct and indirect medical costs associated with autism, $35 billion. Cures: None.

Alzheimer's: $91 billion. Cures: 0
Anxiety: $47 billion. Cures: 0
Fruitless Extraordinary Care during the last six months of life: 80% of $350 billion Medicare costs. Cures: 0
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2006-releases/press04252006.html

Posted by: Lazarus40 | September 27, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama just signed a small business loan program - but then OBAMA WANTS TO INCREASE THEIR TAXES


So, Obama wants small businesses TO BORROW MONEY, then Obama wants to take MORE OF THE SHARE OF THE PROFITS


So, Obama is telling small businesses TO BORROW MONEY TO PAY HIM MORE TAXES.


Yes, the small business owners are beginning to wonder if it is worth it -

WHY CREATE A JOB IF OBAMA IS GOING TO TAX YOU MORE???


WHY BORROW MONEY TO CREATE A JOB IF OBAMA IS GOING TO TAX YOU MORE?


The risk is ALL YOURS - Obama takes his cut if you succeed - IS OBAMA TAKING A SHARE OF THE LOSSES IF THE PROJECT DOESNT WORK?


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 27, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

It is part of The Health and Human Services Secretary's job, to debunk false medical claims being promulgated by a public figure. Kathleen Sibelius would have been derelict in her duty if she had not spoken out, to debunk the falsehoods being spread by this Angle woman, who also has made absurd claims about the dangers of water fluoridation. What the hell is happening to the USA. We have one of the two main national political parties nominating crackpots such as Angle and O'Donnell for seats in "the world's greatest deliberative body".

Secretary Sibelius has not hit the campaign trail; she merely did her job, when she corrected the dangerous drivel being spread about by Sharron Angle.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 27, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

KathleenHusseininMaine | September 27, 2010 5:48 PM


So the US taxpayers are paying Sebelius to campaign for Harry Reid ??


Im asking what the laws are.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 27, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Angle says;

To Hell With Sick Children!

Posted by: Liam-still | September 27, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

The federal government has no business in the health care or health insurance business. The enumerated powers do not permit the federal government to be involved in such matters and the Tenth Amendment states that matters not authorized to the central government belong to the states of the people. Based on the law (the Constitution) this issue has nothing to do with the U.S. Senate.

Posted by: hangtown1 | September 27, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Direct and indirect medical costs associated with autism, $35 billion. Cures: None.

Alzheimer's: $91 billion. Cures: 0
Anxiety: $47 billion. Cures: 0
Fruitless Extraordinary Care during the last six months of life: 80% of $350 billion Medicare costs. Cures: 0
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/2006-releases/press04252006.html

Posted by: Lazarus40 | September 27, 2010 6:03 PM |
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You and Angle are well suited for each other. You are both as thick as bricks. Lots of money gets spent on all sorts of research, until cures and treatments are finally uncovered.

The amounts that you have listed are mere drops in the bucket compared to the trillion or more that Bush/Cheney pissed down a rat hole in Iraq.

Look at all the money that has been spent on useless wars,and no cure has yet being for that either.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 27, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Lazarus40- so according to you and Angle, since there is no cure we should stop trying to find them. When money is spent on finding cures, there are always countless small steps taken until the "cure" is made. There will be a cure for all cancers someday and alzheimers too, but for now we have many successes and victories in longer lives, better quality of life, and even some cancers are today cured if caught on time. It is this black and white attitude that scares me to death, and if Angle has any say, will lead to more deaths and less cures in the future. There is no better way to spend money than to help your fellow man. It's not just the Christian thing to do, it's the human thing to do.

Posted by: valerie14 | September 27, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

More Right Wing Lies.

The truth is:


The Health Secretary has not campaigned for,or endorsed any candidate.

It is part of The Health and Human Services Secretary's job, to debunk false medical claims being promulgated by a public figure. Kathleen Sibelius would have been derelict in her duty if she had not spoken out, to debunk the falsehoods being spread by this Angle woman, who also has made absurd claims about the dangers of water fluoridation. What the hell is happening to the USA. We have one of the two main national political parties nominating crackpots such as Angle and O'Donnell for seats in "the world's greatest deliberative body".

Secretary Sibelius has not hit the campaign trail; she merely did her job, when she corrected the dangerous drivel being spread about by Sharron Angle.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 27, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Direct and indirect medical costs associated with autism, $35 billion. Cures: None.
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I didn't know we were talking about research.

I thought that Sharron Angle didn't want autism coverage to be mandated, because in her view, it would be abused. Her point appears to be that only people with autism should pay for the coverage, not everyone. How that would work I don't know since you don't know you have autism until it is diagnosed, and then you couldn't get the coverage (at least under our current U.S. health system).

Now we're debating whether or not research dollars should be spent on autism?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | September 27, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

valerie14,

And if those sanctimous right wing hypocrites would stop interfering with scientific research, such as using excess embroyos, that were being tossed into incinerators, to develop stem cell cures, we might be able to greatly cut down on the cost of searching for treatments and cures.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 27, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

hangtown-

Are you a federal judge? Justice on the SCOTUS? Are you a contitutional lawyer?

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | September 27, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Direct and indirect medical costs associated with autism, $35 billion. Cures: None.
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I didn't know we were talking about research.

I thought that Sharron Angle didn't want autism coverage to be mandated, because in her view, it would be abused. Her point appears to be that only people with autism should pay for the coverage, not everyone. How that would work I don't know since you don't know you have autism until it is diagnosed, and then you couldn't get the coverage (at least under our current U.S. health system).

Now we're debating whether or not research dollars should be spent on autism?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | September 27, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

aunkmaa at 5:10 PM

Dude, Yea. Now go on your skateboard and go play down the street.

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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 27, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

If Sharron Obtuse Angle was around when Polio was epidemic, she would have done her best to prevent Doctor Salk from finding the cure.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 27, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Angle and her Tea Pary friends are Christian only in that other, parallel universe, the one where Spock had a beard.

In that universe, Jesus hung out playing golf with the temple moneychangers, preached that they would get into heaven as long as they put greed above all else, spat on the poor and sick, and told the lame that universal health care was socialism and they should go away. This Jesus also loved war above all else, and would NEVER complain about any billions of shekels devoted to starting wars with countries that never attacked his. Any tax money pouring into defense contractors' coffers was A-OK.

In this other Tea Party universe, Jesus wore combat boots and beat up gays with a baseball bat.

It's a different reading of the Bible, to put it mildly. Yeah, Sharron Angle is a Christian. In the universe where pigs speak Latin and play checkers at tables along the boulevard.

Posted by: B2O2 | September 27, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Liam-still at 6:06 PM


I would venture to say that a majority of the country believes that the far - left is dominated by crackpots - who have no idea how the country is going to pay for their wild government programs - but are pushing them forward anyway.


Crackpots - yea well the country sees those who are fiscally irresponsible as crackpots.

Thank you.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 27, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Obamacare, Manchin is starting to flirt with the wingnut repeal crowd. What a crazy racist. I'm guessing he came out from under limestone

"Have you no decency sir!"

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | September 27, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I thought it might be interesting to see what autism groups are saying about efforts to help the autistic.

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House Passes the TRAIN Act in Vote of 393 to 24

NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 23, 2010) – Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, today applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Training and Research for Autism Improvements Nationwide, which would provide for grants and technical assistance to improve services rendered to children and adults with autism, and their families.
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Why do I think they won't share Mrs. Angle's skepticism about autism?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | September 27, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

FYI: WE DON'T WANT THE REPUBLICANS BACK.

Posted by: lindalovejones |
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It isn't what you want that makes you fat; it's what you get.

Posted by: Brigade | September 27, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

All, Happy Hour Roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/09/happy_hour_roundup_96.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | September 27, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Well that explains why you, Brigade, are such a fat head.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 27, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The demographics completely contradict your sophomoric statements. Intelligent people, people who actually care about this country, people who are well read, intelligent, patriotic, are more likely to be a Plain supporter or a Tea Party member. The hicks, the fools, the drooling slobs, inbred morons, uneducated boobs, nutbars, lemmings, easuly led, are, generally, your typical Obama supporter. The general run-of-the mill epublican isn't much better.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 27, 2010 6:19 PM
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Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Liam.

Posted by: Brigade | September 27, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is going to lose for two reasons


The first is he said the Iraq War was lost - and he wanted to leave without winning first.

Second, Harry Reid pushed through a multi-trillion dollar health care bill that no one wants.


These are NOT the kinds of leaders AMERICA WANTS.


What is wrong with you democrats?


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 27, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Who are you kidding? Sebelius has definitely "jumped into the Nevada Senate race". Making a public state directed at a candidate is not part of her cabinet position. But then, there have been many administration opinions that should have been left unspoken.

Posted by: bethg1841 | September 27, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

@brigade,

You are using Mike Brooks as a cat's paw? Come on, man, you are better than that. I mean, Mike Brooks, the paranoid I-used-to-be-a-Democrat, but now I'm a Republican, but not really, and the world is going to end at the end of next week, because my model tells me so--that Mike Brooks?

Bwahahahaha!!!!!

Posted by: 12BarBlues | September 27, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse


The demographics completely contradict your sophomoric statements. Intelligent people, people who actually care about this country, people who are well read, intelligent, patriotic, are more likely to be a Plain supporter or a Tea Party member. The hicks, the fools, the drooling slobs, inbred morons, uneducated boobs, nutbars, lemmings, easuly led, are, generally, your typical Obama supporter. The general run-of-the mill epublican isn't much better.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 27, 2010 6:19 PM
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Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Liam.

Posted by: Brigade | September 27, 2010 6:40 PM |
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Sorry I am under strict doctors orders to not smoke any "Plain supporter" or "run-of-the mill epublican". They say it would be like eating beef from a "mad cow"!

It would appear that both you and the commenter may have already smoked too much of that stuff.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 27, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

@brigade,

You are using Mike Brooks as a cat's paw? Come on, man, you are better than that. I mean, Mike Brooks, the paranoid I-used-to-be-a-Democrat, but now I'm a Republican, but not really, and the world is going to end at the end of next week, because my model tells me so--that Mike Brooks?

Bwahahahaha!!!!!

Posted by: 12BarBlues | September 27, 2010 6:54 PM
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Brigade has always been easily captivated by Babbling Brooks!

Posted by: Liam-still | September 27, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

@brigade,

If you're going to use Mike Brooks as an authority, why not use scrivener. Scrivener is a real authority on how microwave towers are really torture chambers. Mike Brooks is an expert on how everyone is a complete dummy but him, and the world is DEFINITELY going to change in a big way with global wars breaking out. When I first read him, that was the end of July, WITHOUT A DOUBT.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | September 27, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Of Course The Secretary Of Health Had to speak out against the dangerous medical ravings of Obtuse Angle.

If Sharron Angle was around when Polio was epidemic, she would have done her best to prevent Doctor Salk from finding the cure.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 27, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Kathleen Sebelius may be quick to criticize Sharron Angle for her insulting comments about autism coverage, but many of us in the autism community question the manner in which Sebelius has addressed autism in her position as HHS Secretary.

Autism now affects one percent of U.S. children, including one in every 68 boys. A U.S. Senate hearing in Aug announced that we are in an epidemic of autism and that environmental toxins are the cause.

Back in Apr, to recognize Autism Awareness Month, Sebelius referred to autism as "an urgent public health challenge." No manner how great the increase in autism, neither Sebelius nor any other health official has ever called autism a health crisis.

In Mar, Sebelius instructed the media to censor coverage of the heated controversy over vaccines and autism.
http://www.mmdnewswire.com/press-release-7535.html

Last Oct, when the new rate of one in 110 children was announced, showing a fifty percent increase in autism between children born in 1994 and those born in 1996, Sebelius still wasn't sure if there's been any real increase at all, or just more better diagnosing of a disorder that's always been around. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/do-you-believe-that-one-i_b_310378.html

The real insult to parents and kids has been endless years of health officials pretending that autism is some genetic disorder kids are born with. The federal government has been content to trivialize the impact of autism and to ridicule thousands of parents who claim that their children were normally developing until they received certain routine vaccinations.

Sebelius has hardly been an advocate for the hundreds of thousands of children with autism in this country.

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

Posted by: amdachel | September 27, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Kathleen Sebelius may be quick to criticize Sharron Angle for her insulting comments about autism coverage, but many of us in the autism community question the manner in which Sebelius has addressed autism in her position as HHS Secretary.

Autism now affects one percent of U.S. children, including one in every 68 boys. A U.S. Senate hearing in Aug announced that we are in an epidemic of autism and that environmental toxins are the cause.

Back in Apr, to recognize Autism Awareness Month, Sebelius referred to autism as "an urgent public health challenge." No manner how great the increase in autism, neither Sebelius nor any other health official has ever called autism a health crisis.

In Mar, Sebelius instructed the media to censor coverage of the heated controversy over vaccines and autism.
http://www.mmdnewswire.com/press-release-7535.html

Last Oct, when the new rate of one in 110 children was announced, showing a fifty percent increase in autism between children born in 1994 and those born in 1996, Sebelius still wasn't sure if there's been any real increase at all, or just more better diagnosing of a disorder that's always been around. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/do-you-believe-that-one-i_b_310378.html

The real insult to parents and kids has been endless years of health officials pretending that autism is some genetic disorder kids are born with. The federal government has been content to trivialize the impact of autism and to ridicule thousands of parents who claim that their children were normally developing until they received certain routine vaccinations.

Sebelius has hardly been an advocate for the hundreds of thousands of children with autism in this country.

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

Posted by: amdachel | September 27, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Kathleen Sebelius may be quick to criticize Sharron Angle for her insulting comments about autism coverage, but many of us in the autism community question the manner in which Sebelius has addressed autism in her position as HHS Secretary.

Autism now affects one percent of U.S. children, including one in every 68 boys. A U.S. Senate hearing in Aug announced that we are in an epidemic of autism and that environmental toxins are the cause.

Back in Apr, to recognize Autism Awareness Month, Sebelius referred to autism as "an urgent public health challenge." No manner how great the increase in autism, neither Sebelius nor any other health official has ever called autism a health crisis.

In Mar, Sebelius instructed the media to censor coverage of the heated controversy over vaccines and autism.
http://www.mmdnewswire.com/press-release-7535.html

Last Oct, when the new rate of one in 110 children was announced, showing a fifty percent increase in autism between children born in 1994 and those born in 1996, Sebelius still wasn't sure if there's been any real increase at all, or just more better diagnosing of a disorder that's always been around. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/do-you-believe-that-one-i_b_310378.html

The real insult to parents and kids has been endless years of health officials pretending that autism is some genetic disorder kids are born with. The federal government has been content to trivialize the impact of autism and to ridicule thousands of parents who claim that their children were normally developing until they received certain routine vaccinations.

Sebelius has hardly been an advocate for the hundreds of thousands of children with autism in this country.

Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism

Posted by: amdachel | September 27, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

To be clear, Anne, I don't think that you're an advocate for us either. Tossing around a stat claiming a 50% increase from 1994 to 1996 wounds your credibility. You also must be aware that the elimination of thymerisol has done squatloo to rates of autism.

Autism is a developmental disorder that manifests itself during the same age range that vaccination is most frequent. False causality is difficult to refute. You do neglect the NAS study rejecting a link between autism and vaccination. I speak as a parent of a child with autism and your ilk does little to help my child. Fortunately, HHS programs such as Child Find have done a world of good.

I apologize for the threadjack, Greg, but loose charges had to be answered.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | September 27, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

As always this video is taken completely out of context and words not said are put in by desperate liberals.
What is wrong with Liberals? Brain cells damaged by cement, or maybe it's all the lying catches up with them and they can no longer control what they are saying.
Sharron Angle never even came close to criticising anyone with Autism. She is saying that we shouldn't all have to pay a mandated amount towards the cost of everything that gets thrown in under the category of "Autism".
Maternity leave, she is saying the same thing.
I agree with her. I do not want to pay for things that I have nothing to do with. Don't you people ever get sick of paying everyone else's bills?
I think maternity leave is a big joke anyways. Why should empoyers have to pay for you to have months off because you had a baby? Please. Your not sick, you had a baby. Buck up and get back to work like women did for 100's of years before you "princess" new mothers came along. And husbands getting time off too? OK I'll give them a week to help out the princess wives, and the new princess moms, I would give them a few weeks. Then move on with your life.
Come on people, stop looking to make someone sound like they are saying what they are not. You liberals are so desperate for something to throw out there. It's pathetic.

Posted by: cher6877 | September 27, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Kathleen Sebilius went to school with my sister at Trinity College in Washington, D.C., she is not qualified to make decisions of health matters, since she does not have a medical degree. She is not thought of fondly in the autism communities. Since Catholicism is against abortion she should explain the 1300 miscarriages after pregnant mothers receieved the H1N1 vaccine that she recommended last season. That was just in a period of Decemeber 2009 to February 2010, and was reported to the VAERS files. The number now is astonding. The Catholic Bishops of this country should be addressing this issue with her. Speaking about thimerosal, which is half ethylmercury, it is a poison, in fact mercury is the second most toxic substance on earth. In Maryland, it has not removed or was legislation passed to discontinue it's use in vaccines. In 2007, DPT's were still on the pediatricians shelfs that contained 25mg. of mercury each, they get between five and six during childhood. The flu vaccines contain 25mg. of mercury and pregnant mothers are getting that, along with DT vaccines, which also have 25mg. of mercury. If they got the H1N1 that contained 50mg. of mercury, so the fetus was exposed up to 100mg. of mercury before birth. The EPA states that an amount of .5mg. is toxic. Vaccines such a tetenus, Menningitis, Hep-b for children over 5 contain 25 to 37 and one half micrograms of mercury. Autism found its beginnings in Beltsville, Md. with the developement of mercury fungicides. They were used in forestry and government parks and properties. Leo Kanner, the top child psychiatrist in the world from Johns Hopkins first wrote about it the 1940's several years after this fungicide and vaccines with mercury were introduced to the public. "Marked and different, something never seen before", he concluded that unfeelings mothers caused autism. Actually any seventh grade science student could have looked at the first 11 cases and found that the children were male and that their parents had a connection to mercury compounds. One child even just had a small pox vaccine. Testosterone binds to mercury and estrogen protects. This is why most of the children who have it are boys. Yes, the government is wasting alot of money on useless research for the genetic causes of autism. Each child should be getting a urinary porphoryn profile, which indicates heavy metal retention. Before the diet of anti-psychotic, amphetamines, and antidepressents each month they should be ruling out toxicity. These prescriptions cost the taxpayers and insurance companies hundreds of dollars each one per month. Half of the elementary school children are on a RX drug. Most of them including asthma, seizures ADD/HD, food allergies have basicly mercury poisoning. Lead in our toys and plastics are also contributing to a generation of damaged children. Elaine Dow

Posted by: Mom4kidsNowmsncom | September 27, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade,
Thank you for your post. I recently did a lot of research on vaccines for a middle school book on the subject, and even before that I was interested in the possible connection between vaccines and autism, not because it was a personal issue, but probably because it was so often in the news. I admit, I was skeptical about the connection to begin with, but I tried to keep an open mind. Nothing I read made me less skeptical. I read a post on another site by an understandably angered parent of an autistic child stating that his/her child is autistic, not "autistic." The finger quotes were an insult and I couldn't agree more. Sharron Angle is real piece of work, isn't she? Sorry to go on so long. I'm so glad HHS programs have helped your child!

Posted by: carolanne528 | September 27, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Hearing Sebelius criticize someone else for not caring about autism is like hearing the president of Merck criticizing
the president of Johnson & Johnson for manufacturing and promoting unsafe drugs.
Too many of these commenters are bringing up liberal and conservative arguments. This is about alomst 2 percent of the male population in this country suffering from autism. This is about children tens of thousands of children struggling with oxidative stress, immune dysfunction, inflammatory bowel disease, regressive encephalopathy---a total metabolic disorder affecting every organ in their bodies. This is about all these children being denied medical inusrance all over the country--when no other group is denied such coverage as a whole.
Maurine Meleck--SC

Posted by: maurine_meleck | September 27, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Fairlington Blade(whatever that means) I always wonder why people are ashamed to use their own names. In the first place you spell "Thimerosal" with quotes. Secondly, it hasn't been removed. 25-50 mcg in flu shots recommended for pregnant women and everyone over 6 months of age. Still in trace amounts in the other baby vaccines(no proof any amount of mercury is safe) and 2 teen vaccines in copious amounts-also in 2 dpt's for younger ones.
Auitsm is a meta bolical disorder--some say a neurobiological disorder--certainly way far off to say it's just a developmental disorder.

Posted by: maurine_meleck | September 27, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that Kathleen Sebelius would have the nerve to criticize anyone given that when she was governor of Kansas she had an entire town wiped out by a tornado but instead of rolling up her sleeves and going to the aid of the victims, she ask the inside the beltway liberal leadership, Pelosi and team how and when she should respond. As I remember it the goal was to try and make Bush look worse after Hurricane Katrina rather than helping her people in the most expedition manner.

Posted by: CPOSharkey | September 28, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I hear you. Why doesn't Health Secretary Sibelius find the cure for Tornadoes?! You are stupid enough to qualify for a lifetime membership in the Tea Party.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 28, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

@ cher6877 - Fine. I don't ever want a penny of my HMO costs going to cover your illnesses. Oh wait…

@mom4kids - False causality. Just because A precedes B does not mean that A caused B. In the case of miscarriages (of which I have personal experience), one would have to look at the incidence of miscarriage following H1N1 vaccination as opposed to those who chose not to have the vaccination. It's called a control.

@carolanne528 - Thanks. It's not an easy road, but it is a rewarding one. I'm enjoying how the series Parenthood deals with the issue.

@ maurine_meleck - It's an odd criticism given that relatively few individuals use their names as handles. If you bothered to use Google, you would realize that Fairlington is a neighborhood in N. VA (Fairlington - Fairfax + Arlington, get it?) Blade is a reference to Sheffield United aka the Blades. I used no quote marks. Could have looked up the spelling, Oh no. A y instead of an i. You wound me. Then again, your utter certainty about the nature of autism is troubling. And calling something "just" a developmental disorder is minimizing a systemic problem.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | September 29, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Angle, like so many other conservatives, is a hypocrite and a fraud.

She had no problem with the the government payroll and it's laws like maternity leave, publicly supported primary, secondary and college education and years of living off the taxpayers in a variety of public sector jobs when she personally benefitted from them.

Now she hypocritically demands an end to those same laws and programs because she doesn't like paying taxes? Where was her outrage about taxes when she was benefitting from them?

It's about time the Democrats started to call these reactionary frauds out on their self-serving, false patriot ideas. The American public needs to hear, repeatedly, what these lowlifes have in mind for them if they should get elected.

Good for Sebelius. More Democrats need to follow her example.

Posted by: toc59 | September 29, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Billions of dollars are being drained in California in illegal alien welfare, as in Reid’s Nevada. Instant baby citizenship is a major problem that must be solved, because pregnant Mothers are intentionally arriving here, as they can immediately get post natal care along with a wide range of freebies and cash payments. Once here the fertility of foreign mothers escalate bringing for each child born at least six hundred dollars,. Those with more than three or four children can move into low income housing, to which other family members--legal or illegal--move right in. Then Guess who is paying for this--California taxpayers and the federal government. Schools are another major problem--that is overwhelmed with illegal alien children--again the taxpayer pays for it all. Under the Democrats this give-away is only going to get worse. Nevada is not that better off, as now illegal aliens are collecting unemployment benefits from the slide of the building construction.

Nevada with all its entertainment industry under Reid is falling into financial red ink. All states need to reconsider the massive costs of illegal immigration and take a minute to GOOGLE--Illegal alien--costs. You will be stunned at the expenditure by the US government, county and city welfare and public services and with not enough monetary returns. Business use cheap labor and the farming industry, but leave all the costs of health care and education to the unaware taxpayer. But this is not just a uncontrolled problem in border states, as in the last thirty years the invasion has spread across this soil. It is time for a reevaluation of our laws, which make it a felony to enter America without permission. Mandatory prison terms for business who hire illegal labor, with a uniform Guest Worker program that has not been fraudulently used as it is today.

We should welcome the highest skilled professionals from other countries, but not mediocre job seekers from other countries, who become contingent on welfare and other social programs. Just Remember that reelecting Senator Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, or any Governor, Major and elected officers will relieve you of more taxes to pay for illegal immigrant households--will be a repeat performance. You can shadow your Senator or Congressman at the Washington switchboard at 202-224-3121 NumbersUSA can enlighten you about the reality and costs of illegal immigration.


Posted by: infinity555 | September 29, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Questions have not been asked by Andrew Coumo in New York, who had some nefarious dealing with Freddie Mac/Mea over pushing hard to give mortgages to unqualified low income home buyers. Third in line of issues is illegal immigration that Democrats are the major contenders in forcing through a path to citizenship or Amnesty. Sen. Harry Reid has been consistent in trying to enact laws on allowing illegal aliens a right to stay here, after breaking the law. Each time the Reid has authored a bill for any immigration reform, his bills in the Senate has been shot down in flames. Yet when it comes to enforcement of the "rule of Law" he has interceded with law enforcement laws such as E-Verify and 287 (G). Both federal laws for local police to question suspicious persons, same as the Arizona law SB 1170.

Almost all Liberal-Democrats Senators like Reid, Boxer as incumbents must not remain in Washington, as they have completely ignored the 15 millions of Citizens-Residents out of work, and have not stop soliciting for more cheap labor from the other side of the border fence, or one way flight tickets from foreign lands. The Democratic Party and even many of the staunch Republicans have allowed the illegal invasion, get out of hand as thousand s are still slipping past the border fence and there is no real way to know who is a true tourist or student at the airport?


After November in the likely lame duck sessions or perhaps before, the Democrats are searching for more votes. Liberal-Dem’s are hoping that the potential of passing some kind of immigration reform will bring more major minorities into the party’s power. so not--only--must we be very observant of any secret sessions behind closed doors executive law, but be very aware that illegal aliens can and have violated the law in voting in these coming federal elections. Many states still have no strong security measures to check who is voting? Utility bills and other easy fraudulent paperwork are easy to produce. A small group of other states are showing federal picture ID and extensive checks must be performed, specifically where absentee ballots are concerned. Combat between Brown and Whitman in California has illustrated the reality in this Sanctuary State as only Meg Whitman said she would enforce immigration laws and attest that she is against any Amnesty.

Posted by: infinity555 | September 29, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

The parade in to the political gladiatorial arena has began, as Sen. Harry Reid attacks Sharron Angle, Senator Boxer stands against Carly Fiorina, and in the most dramatic race for the governor of California Brown battles Meg Whitman. The battle is not between swords and Retiarius Trident, but between issues and ideologies?In one month the citizen-crowds will descend on the voting booths, but the big difference is that a third party has emerged called the Tea Party. Under the banner of the Republican, this is a clash of the elites and the moderate conservatives. Although jobs is the main event in this Coliseum, second to this must be the economy that is still writhing from the downturn. Main street banks are reticent on loaning money for mortgages, even the Democrats bailed out these institutions with billions,

Posted by: infinity555 | September 29, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

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