Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children soared from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million in 2017.
Acting on a law passed way back in 2008, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor made a final ruling that forces many health insurers to treat mental illnesses like physical ones.
As the secretary of health and human services, Kathleen Sebelius finds herself a mild-mannered Kansan in the center of one of the most vitriolic political battles in modern American history.
File this under scary stories about drugs that lead to bad policy, but U.S. health officials just announced that about 7 percent of 12-year-olds have tried to get loaded by inhaling household chemicals. The little huffers far outnumbered junior pot smokers (1.4 percent), but, even at this age, alcohol is America's drug of choice.
President Obama presided over his first formal Cabinet meeting Monday with a rather important chair left empty. Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Obama's pick to head the $750 billion Health and Human Services Department and spearhead his ambitious health care reform initiatives, has finally made it out of hearings and should be approved by the end of the week.
This has gone from coincidence to self-parody to alarming. Another of Barack Obama's nominees has had to apologize for not paying her full taxes. Kathleen Sebelius, the president's pick to lead the Health and Human Services Department, has now paid off $7,918, a paltry debt compared with Tom Daschle's $140,000.
Now that Tom Daschle has withdrawn his name from the running to be health and human services secretary, President Obama should revisit the idea of nominating former Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean for the position, an idea he abandoned last November for all the wrong reasons.
"I'm frustrated with myself, with our team," the president said Tuesday as he worked the cameras to try to limit the fallout from his appointee implosion.