- Coburn bill would restrict abortion in plans created by healthcare law
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill Friday to ban abortion coverage in new healthcare plans created by President Obama’s reform law.
The bill would restrict multistate plans selected by the Office of Personnel Management. Two multi-state policies would be available through each state’s insurance exchanges, to ensure a certain level of competition among private insurers.
The healthcare law states that one multi-state plan must not cover abortion, but others can. Under Cobrun’s bill, abortion coverage would be prohibited in all multi-state plans, with exceptions for cases of rape, incest or when the life of the pregnant woman is at stake.
Coburn said in a statement that his bill would ensure that taxpayer funding for multistate plans cannot subsidize abortion coverage.
“This legislation protects the consciences of Americans who are morally opposed to paying for elective abortions,” Coburn said in a statement. “While I support a comprehensive federal ban on taxpayer-funded coverage of elective abortions, this important legislation would ensure none of the newly-created multi-state plans forces any American to pay for elective abortions.”
- Thousands rally for annual March for Life
Protesters braved below-freezing temperatures to condemn the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic Roe v. Wade decision.
- Restaurants accused of pocketing healthcare surcharges
Restaurant owners in San Francisco pocketed extra fees that were intended to help cover the cost of providing health insurance for their employees, according to local officials.
San Francisco requires employers to set aside a certain amount of money to help pay for a program that covers uninsured residents.
Some restaurants in the city decided to tack funds onto customers’ bills as a stand-alone fee — a tactic some restaurants have also explored in response to the employer mandate in President Obama’s healthcare law.
- Gallup: Health costs are No. 1 concern for small businesses
Small businesses say healthcare costs are the No. 1 factor hurting their operating environment, according to a new Gallup poll.
Fifty-four percent of small businesses said healthcare costs are hurting the business environment “a lot” — making it the No. 1 impediment identified by business owners.
Taxes on small businesses came in just behind, at 53 percent.
“These worries are likely tied — at least in part — to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its potential impact,” Gallup said. “Small-business owners are trying to keep their workforces under 50 employees so they are exempted from key parts of the act, and in this regard are reducing employee hours so they are not counted as full-time.”
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