House Votes To Stop Health Care Law Abortions

Source: AP / MSNBC

WASHINGTON — The House has returned to an abortion issue that nearly sank President Barack Obama’s health care law last year with legislation that prohibits an insurance plan regulated under the new law from covering abortion if any of its customers receive federal subsidies.

Providers that offer abortion coverage would have to set up identical plans without abortion coverage to participate in the health insurance exchanges to be set up under the new law.

The legislation easily passed the House, but it is unlikely to be considered by the Democratic-led Senate, and it faces a veto threat from President Barack Obama.

Yet it does give House Republicans, who are focused this year on cutting spending and reducing the size of the government, a chance to reaffirm their credentials on social conservative issues.

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