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U.S. Secretary Of Health Fires Back At Lonegan's Call To Boycott Rite Aid

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
September 9, 2013

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U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is firing back at Republican Senate Candidate Steve Lonegan’s call for a boycott of one of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains.

As part of her visit to New Jersey to promote the Affordable Care Act, Sebelius announced what will be an ongoing partnership with drug store chain Rite Aid. The chain will be providing on hand insurance agents to help customers navigate the new healthcare system. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan is calling for a boycott of the chain. Sebelius calls that distressful and dismal.

“We’re talking about 900,000 people in the state of New Jersey who don’t have affordable healthcare right now who are entitled to know what the law says who can make decisions for themselves and their families. The notion that anyone should be penalized for helping to provide that information to me is outrageous.”

Sebelius says this will be one of many partnerships with pharmacies across the country to help promote the new law.

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