February 2, 2005 |
The Bush administration plans to confront state governments over Medicaid costs in an effort to slow the growth in federal spending on healthcare for the poor, disabled and elderly, Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt said Tuesday. In a speech before a healthcare meeting here, Leavitt said Medicaid, the federal-state partnership to provide medical care for the needy, was "not financially sustainable."
January 27, 2005 |
The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly confirmed Michael Leavitt as the new secretary of Health and Human Services, setting aside partisan divisions that have roiled debate over some of President Bush's other nominees. Leavitt, who turns 54 next month, most recently headed the Environmental Protection Agency and served three terms as governor of Utah.
December 14, 2004 |
Shifting his Cabinet reorganization back into high gear, President Bush on Monday nominated Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Mike Leavitt to head the Department of Health and Human Services, which faces a fiscal crunch over the massive medical costs of the elderly and the poor.
April 2, 2004 |
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Mike Leavitt on Thursday defended the Bush administration's handling of a proposed rule to limit mercury emissions from power plants, despite a request from 45 senators and 10 state attorneys general that he scrap the proposal and start over. "There are a number of fictions that have crept into our discussion of mercury regulation," Leavitt told the Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee on clean air, climate change and nuclear safety.
December 3, 2003 |
In his first major speech since becoming Environmental Protection Agency administrator four weeks ago, Mike Leavitt pledged Tuesday to lead the country toward the "most productive period of air-quality improvement in American history." Speaking to several thousand EPA employees in an ornate downtown Washington auditorium, Leavitt sought to improve the impression some Americans have of Bush's commitment to protecting the nation's air, water, lands and wildlife.
October 29, 2003 |
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, ending an effort by six senators to block the vote in protest of Bush administration environmental policies. The 88-8 vote came after a polarized two-day debate over the president's environmental record, which some Republicans praised as the best and some Democrats denounced as the worst.