- OVERNIGHT HEALTH: House votes to repeal device tax
Thursday marked the 30th time the House has voted to repeal or de-fund all or part of President Obama’s healthcare law. Like almost all of the previous 29, the bill to repeal the law’s tax on medical devices easily passed the House and will now go on to die a quiet death in the Senate.
Republicans were able to peel off 37 Democratic “no” votes for the device-tax repeal, which is unpopular with even liberal lawmakers whose states and districts are home to device companies. The bill also would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s restrictions on the use of health savings accounts. Both of those policies would increase the deficit, and would be offset by changing the way people have to pay back excess subsidies under the healthcare law.
- House defies veto threat, votes to repeal medical device tax
Thirty-seven Democrats joined Republicans in voting to repeal the healthcare law tax despite a veto threat from President Obama.
- Veterans, ACLU petition Congress to fund military abortions in cases of rape
Veterans and retired members of the military are calling on Congress to provide abortion funding for servicewomen in the case of rape or incest in a new ad campaign announced Thursday.
- HHS says grants under health law saved consumers $18 million
Consumers saved more than $18 million because of grants provided by President Obama’s healthcare law, the Health and Human Services Department said Thursday.
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