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January 19, 2012

House Passes Bill to Prohibit Federal Funding of Abortions in Health Plans

The House passed HR 358, the Protect Life Act on October 13, 2011, which amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (ObamaCare) to prohibit federal funds from being to used to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion services. It also requires that any private health plan must provide to individuals health plans that omit abortion payments, and the premiums for such plans to be modified to reflect such omissions. In addition, the bill prohibits any government health plan from discriminating against any private health facility for their refusal to perform abortions, or refusing to train personnel in abortion procedures.

Fifteen Democrat Representatives joined 236 Republicans in support of the measure, with two Republicans, Judy Biggert, Illinois 13th District, and  Richard L. Hanna, New York 24th District, voting against the bill.

May 27, 2011

House Rescinds Unobligated Funds for Health Care Education

By a vote of 234-185, the House passed H.R. 1216 to amend the Public Health Service Act to convert funding for graduate medical education in qualified teaching health centers from direct appropriations to an authorization of appropriations.

This measure rescinds a portion of the Obamacare bill that authorizes the expenditure of $230 million over the 2011-2015 period, and places it on a pay as you go procedure. The CBO estimates that the Dept. of Health and Human Services will only spend $140 million over the 2012-2015 period, not counting the $40 million already obligated. While the measure does not reduce the total amount anticipated to be spent over the next ten years, it removes future expenditures from the FY2011 budget.

Three Democrats, Boren (OK-2), McIntyre (NC-7), and Rangel NY-15) voted with the Republican majority, and four Republicans Barletta (PA-11), Hanna (NY-24), King (IA-5), Meehan (PA-7) voted with the Democrats in opposition to the measure.

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