- OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Supreme Court poses risks for GOP, too
Congressional Republicans have made clear they have no interest in trying to “improve” President Obama’s healthcare law — only in repealing it, or whatever parts of it they can. But the Supreme Court could easily throw a wrench in that strategy.
Let’s say the court strikes down just the mandate, leaving the rest of the law intact. The expensive policies the mandate was designed to offset — guaranteed issue and community rating — are still on the books and still set to take effect in 2014. And let’s also say Republicans come away from Election Day with something less than the House, the White House and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. The GOP probably couldn’t pass a bill to fully repeal what’s left of the Affordable Care Act.
So, with those expensive policies on the horizon, what would Congress do? Lawmakers could try to repeal just the offending provisions, which also happen to be the most popular pieces of healthcare reform. Or they could look for a way to replace the mandate, likely angering the Republican base.
- Sen. Brown calls on House GOP to support abortion rights for servicewomen
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) called on House GOP leaders Wednesday to accept Senate language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would give women in the Armed Forces the same access to abortion that civilian federal employees have, such as in cases involving rape or incest.
Brown sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), which said the sexual assault of women in the military is “far more prevalent” than many believed, and that it is critical to provide these women with abortion services similar to those granted to civilian employees.
- Bill to strike ‘mentally retarded’ from US code
The bill from Sens. Kerry and Grassley
would also expand the mental health services available to young people
- Abortion-rights group applauds Ron Barber win in Arizona
NARAL Pro-Choice America praised Ron Barber, the Democrat elected Tuesday to replace former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), for the “pro-choice values” he will bring to Congress.
Barber beat his Republican opponent by six points in the special election to replace Giffords — a centrist Democrat who supported abortion rights in office.
“Rep.-elect Barber is someone who will respect the fundamental values of freedom and privacy,” NARAL President Nancy Keenan said in a statement.
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