GOP Lawmakers Frustrated By Probe Into California’s Possible Violation Of Abortion Law
Senate Republicans are threatening to hold up an otherwise non-controversial HHS nomination over the lack of movement on an investigation into California's HMO overseer ordering its health plans to cover all legal abortions.
GOP Growing Impatient Over Possible Abortion Violation
Republicans on Capitol Hill are seeking to force the Obama administration to act on a 15-month-old abortion law investigation that could result in gargantuan fines against the state of California, affecting funding for programs like Medicaid and education. The 2005 abortion rule, called the Weldon amendment, prohibits recipients of federal funds from requiring entities they regulate to provide or fund abortions. But in 2014, California’s HMO overseer ordered its health plans to cover all legal abortions — a clear violation, say GOP lawmakers. (Haberkorn, 3/7)