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Fri Jan 24, 2020, 01:07 PM

California threatened with funds loss over abortion coverage

Source: AP

The Trump administration on Friday threatened California with a potential loss of federal health care funds over the state’s requirement that insurance plans cover abortions.

The announcement, timed to coincide with the anti-abortion March for Life in the nation’s capital, came hours before President Donald Trump was scheduled to address the marchers in person, becoming the first president to do so. Religious conservatives are a core element of Trump’s political coalition, and his administration has gone out of its way to deliver on their demands.

The federal Health and Human Services Department said it is issuing a “notice of violation,” giving California 30 days to comply with a federal law known as the Weldon amendment. That law bars federal health care funding from being provided to states or entities that practice “discrimination” against a health care organization on the basis that it “does not provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.”

The head of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, Roger Severino, said California is violating that restriction by requiring insurance plans to cover abortions. According to Severino, 28,000 Californians had abortion-free plans prior to the state’s requirements and have now lost that option. The federal government has received complaints from an order of nuns — the Missionary Guadalupanas of the Holy Spirit — as well as Skyline Wesleyan Church near San Diego.

Read more: https://apnews.com/a5bf667a6b834737663682e3f027d56d

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Reply California threatened with funds loss over abortion coverage (Original post)
left-of-center2012 Jan 24 OP
PSPS Jan 24 #1
sdfernando Jan 24 #2
Retrograde Jan 24 #3
Haggis for Breakfast Jan 24 #4
kimbutgar Jan 24 #5
McCamy Taylor Jan 25 #6
King_Klonopin Jan 26 #7
pfitz59 Jan 26 #8

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2020, 01:27 PM

1. No legislation can be enacted without the imprimatur of "an order of nuns"

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Response to PSPS (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 24, 2020, 01:48 PM

2. Send in the nuns!

Seriously? Are the "nones" worried that one of their own my make use of this?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2020, 05:13 PM

3. AFAIK, no health plan makes abortion mandatory

If you're opposed to abortions, don't have one. Just don't get in the way of women who decide to have the procedure for whatever reason: it's none of your business.

And 28K people? A very small percentage of the population seem to have lost this non-coverage. I bet the next step is to refuse to pay for any form of birth control.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 24, 2020, 08:28 PM

4. " . . .the next step is to refuse to pay for any form of birth control."

is EXACTLY where this is going. Make no mistake. trumpie is pandering to the anti-abortion zealots because he is losing huge numbers of potential voters daily. The repubs have been trying to get to this point for decades. No other president has ever so openly embraced these nutbags as trumpie has. That's because he knows that this is what keeps them from defecting. The man is a total hypocrite on this. He could care less about these people or their opposition to abortion.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 24, 2020, 09:02 PM

5. He's really going to get more women to support him if he outlaws birth control

We’ll see how that works out for him. Even some of his deplorable women supporters might be appalled. Please proceed MFer45.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Jan 25, 2020, 06:46 PM

6. California should stop paying taxes to the fed. They give the fed more than they take back.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 02:32 AM

7. Did Trump send Giuliani to deliver this message to CA ? n/t

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sun Jan 26, 2020, 03:13 AM

8. Severino is a Religious Bigot

Who worked for the Becket Fund, an extremist group trying to force religion into government (Sen Josh Hawley is also a part of that group) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Severino

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