By Jennifer Popik, J.D Director of Federal Legislation This past Monday, August 6, 102 Members of Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar requesting new regulations related to Obamacare and subsidies to plans that cover abortion. The letter, spearheaded by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and strongly supported by National …Continue reading "Over 100 Members of the House Seek New HHS Rule to Make Consumers Aware of Abortion Surcharge"
By Jennifer Popik, J.D., Director of Federal Legislation Earlier this week, the Trump Administration provided relief to Americans currently faced with penalties for failing to buy plans on Obamacare exchanges where the only plans available covered abortion. While Congress has eliminated the individual mandate to buy insurance, that does not apply until 2019. This move …Continue reading "Trump Administration extends option to permit pro-lifers to avoid penalty for failing to buy an abortion exchange plan"
By Dave Andrusko Earlier this week, Congress voted to reopen the government following a 3-day shutdown. While the focus was on the short term extension of funding levels, one small but very important measure was also attached to the bill and is now law. The New York Times headline summarizes it aptly: “There’s a Surprise …Continue reading "Obamacare Tax to Squeeze Healthcare Plans is Delayed in Spending Bill till 2020"
Seek to force them to provide health insurance coverage for ‘morally unacceptable’ products and procedures By Dave Andrusko Nobody said it was going to be easy. Last month NRL News Today reported that the Department of Justice had reached a settlement so “that plaintiffs would not be forced to provide health insurance coverage for ‘morally …Continue reading "Ca. and Pa. attorneys general sue to take away Little Sisters of the Poor’s religious exemption"
WASHINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today released a bulletin through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reiterating that qualified health plan issuers must segregate collected premiums to pay for abortion coverage; that enrollees be informed if abortions are covered by a qualified health plan; and that HHS intends …Continue reading "National Right to Life applauds announcement that Trump administration will protect religious liberty and takes positive steps regarding abortion-covering insurance plans under Obamacare"
By Jennifer Popik, J.D., NRLC Federal Legislative Director In the latest blow to repealing and replacing Obamacare, Sen. Cassidy (R. La) acknowledged this afternoon that, “We made the decision since we don’t have the votes, we’re going to postpone it.” Senators John McCain (R. Ariz.), Susan Collins (R. ME), and Rand Paul (R. KY) all …Continue reading "Latest effort to Repeal Abortion-Expanding Obamacare Falls Short"
By Jennifer Popik, JD, Director, Federal Legislation National Right to Life Committee, the nationwide federation of state right-to-life organizations, supports legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Dean Heller (R-Nv.). Time is running short as Republicans have less than two weeks left to use their …Continue reading "National Right to Life Supports Graham-Cassidy-Heller Legislation"
By Jennifer Popik, J.D., NRLC Federal Legislative Director In the early hours of Friday morning, in a stunning blow, 3 Republican Senators, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Murkowski (R-Ak), and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), joined with all of the Democrats ending the current attempt to move away from the abortion-expanding Obama Health Care law. The …Continue reading "Abortion-Expanding Obamacare to Remain Law for Now"
WASHINGTON – This afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted 51-50 to proceed to begin debating on repealing major provisions of Obamacare, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote. Two Republicans, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), joined with all Senate Democrats in voting against the motion to proceed. National Right to Life …Continue reading "National Right to Life applauds U.S. Senate vote to advance effort to overturn abortion-expanding Obamacare"
By Jennifer Popik, J.D. Federal Legislative Director This afternoon the Senate voted 51-50 in favor of a motion to proceed to begin debate on repealing major provisions of Obamacare. 50 Republicans voted in favor of the motion while all 50 Democrats along with Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted against. In dramatic fashion, …Continue reading "The Senate Votes to Begin Debate on Repealing Obamacare"
RE: In support of motion to proceed to H.R. 1628 on Obamacare repeal Dear Senator: Majority Leader McConnell has indicated that on Tuesday, July 25, the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed to the House-passed American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628) The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nationwide federation …Continue reading "NRLC urges Senate to vote in favor of the motion to proceed to House-passed American Health Care Act of 2017"
By Dave Andrusko Just one day after the Senate took a similar action, the House of Representatives today passed a budget resolution which established a framework for repealing and replacing the “Affordable Health Care Act”–Obamacare. The House vote was 227-198. The Senate vote, which occurred early Thursday morning, was 51-48. Today’s House action took place …Continue reading "House joins Senate in taking first step to repeal and replace Obamacare"