Monday, June 19, 2006

Shalala and the needle exchange ban

Looking on my hard drive for something else, I found this picture.


While it's comforting to know that my memory isn't completely gone, the next question is: Is Shalala's memory gone? Or is she simply correcting the record now that she's no longer bound to take the hit for the President? Did Congress set the HHS Secretary up to be the fall guy on needle exchange after cutting some deal with President Clinton that he would not allow her to certify the safety of these programs?

So whose picture belongs here? Bill Clinton's? Jesse Helms'? Or Mike Leavitt's? We still don't have federal funding for needle exchange programs. The research is even clearer now than it was when Shalala was HHS Secretary.

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