According to a Friday report in The Washington Post, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, learned on Thursday of the planned changes, which were included in documents for the 2018 budget.
The spokesperson later told Stat the idea that the agency had banned words was a "a complete mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process". "HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions".
"The full list includes "diversity", "entitlement", "fetus", transgender", "vulnerable", "evidence-based" and "science-based", The Washington Post reported.
Now, the administration has prohibited the Center for Disease Controls from using seven words or phrases in any official documents for the 2018 budget. "I want to assure you that CDC remains committed to our public health mission as a science- and evidence-based institution", Fitzgerald tweeted. The sources asked that the Post not reveal their identities or the agencies they work for, but confirmed the last of words and reported that the guidelines ordered them to only refer to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as "ObamaCare" and to replace the term "marketplace" with "healthcare exchanges". The meeting was reportedly led by Alison Kelly, a top official with CDC's Office of Financial Services.
When the analysts learned of the ban, their reaction was "incredulous", the longtime CDC analyst said. The Post adds that Kelly did not give a reason why the words were being banned, only that she was simply relaying the information.
"It was very much, 'Are you serious?" Instead of "science-based" or "evidence-based", the suggested phrase is, "CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes", the person said.
Health leaders have expressed concern over the list. You can not erase health inequities faced by people of color simply by forbidding the use of the words "vulnerable" or "diversity".
Rush Holt, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, issued a statement saying: "Here's a word that's still allowed: 'ridiculous"'.