Healthcare News September 20, 2012

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: House, including Ryan, to vote on welfare waivers

    Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will return to Capitol Hill Thursday as the House votes to block the Obama administration’s divisive welfare waivers. Ryan’s (R-Wis.) vote, likely to be his last before the November election, comes as the GOP defends its criticism of the welfare policy, which has become a flashpoint in the race for the White House. In a feisty speech on Wednesday, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) told the Heritage Foundation that the media and its fact-checking groups have “leaned on partisan talking points” and refused to question President Obama’s motivations in releasing waivers Republicans say will “gut” the program’s work requirement.

    “The motives of the Obama administration have been unexamined. The language they have used to describe their waiver scheme has been taken at face value,” Hatch said. 

    Back on Capitol Hill, the welfare fights continued as Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) blocked a Hatch measure to block the waivers, House Republicans used a Government Accountability Office report to blast Obama on the policy, and House Democrats accused the GOP of previously supporting broad waivers that would apply to welfare.

  • Senate bill would apply disability rules to pregnant women in the workforce

    The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would make it illegal for workplaces not to
    “reasonably accommodate” pregnant employees.

  • Cardin blocks Hatch’s disapproval resolution of administration’s welfare rule

    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) tried to unanimously pass a resolution of disapproval of the Obama administration decision to allow states to waive some welfare work requirements.

    “Every member of this body ought to be concerned about it,” Hatch said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “If changes are going to be made to the welfare work requirement they should be made by Congress, not [Department of Health and Human Services] bureaucrats.”

  • CBO: 6M people will pay penalty under health law’s mandate

    The budget office had previously estimated that 4 million people would have to pay the penalty in 2016.

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