Overnight Health Care: House votes to repeal medical device tax…
Overnight Health Care: House votes to repeal medical device tax | Fierce ObamaCare critic joins administration | GOP senators target DC individual mandate
Welcome to Tuesday’s Overnight Health Care. It’s a rainy, humid day in D.C., but that didn’t stop reproductive rights groups and congressional Democrats from marching on the Department of Health and Human Services to protest proposed changes to the Title X family planning program.
If you’re noticing that more people are talking about Title X, it’s because the comment period for the proposed changes ends July 31.
The proposal would ban clinics that receive the funds from referring women for abortions and removes a requirement that Title X recipients present abortion as an option.
The planned rule has been praised by anti-abortion groups as a way to block Planned Parenthood from receiving Title X funds.
Here’s the rest of the day’s stories…
The House voted to repeal ObamaCare’s medical device tax.
It was a rare moment of (at least some) bipartisanship on health care. Repeal of the device tax passed 283 to 132, with 57 Democrats voting in favor.
Political context: The vote comes during a week of health-care measures put forward by the GOP as they try to blunt Democratic attacks over rising premiums, a key midterm message.
The vote could help Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), the sponsor of the bill, who faces a tough reelection fight this year.
“This bill reverses a harmful tax that is hurting job growth and innovation across the country,” Paulsen said.
However: There is no clear path forward for the measure in the Senate this year.