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Obama’s 17-Month Timeline Over Hospital Visitation? It’s Actually Kind Of Fast

The Obama administration heard about Janice Langbehn’s ordeal with Jackson Memorial Hospital last May. The White House, says HRC legislative director Allison Herwitt, “picked up the phone to say, ‘We are really energized about this issue.'” So energized, reports WaPo, “the issue of hospital visitation languished for months as the White House got pulled deeper into the health-care debate and other pressing issues.” All the while, Lambda Legal, which was representing Langbehn in court, “repeatedly raised the issue with White House officials in telephone calls, private conversations and group meetings.” And then, eleven months later, a memorandum from Obama, which will take six months to implement. This is, actually, an example of Washington moving at a clip.