Washington Weekly Review

January 24, 2014

Supreme Court says nuns can be exempt from ObamaCare mandate during case

The Supreme Court has ruled a group of Catholic nuns will not have to comply with the contraception mandate in ObamaCare while their lawsuit plays out in court.

The court ordered the group, the Little Sisters of the Poor, to inform the Department of Health and Human Services in writing that they will not comply with the requirement under the health care law that employers must offer contraceptive coverage.

If the group does so, the court says the injunction allowing them reprieve from the mandate will stand until the case is resolved... (READ MORE)

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Speaker Boehner on the March for Life

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement welcoming participants in today’s March for Life, which will mark the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade:

“For 41 years the March for Life has focused America’s attention on one of our most fundamental duties—to respect life at every stage.  This annual event has become a hallmark of the pro-life movement and I thank the organizers for their unfailing commitment.  Millions of pro-life Americans stand on the shoulders of the late Nellie Gray, who founded the March for Life in 1974 to protest the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision... (READ MORE)

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CHAIRMAN UPTON: “Delaying the individual mandate was the right policy six months ago, and it is still the right policy today.”

Today marks six months since the House voted to protect the American people from the president’s broken health care promises, providing all Americans relief from the law’s individual mandate. Time and again the administration has acted through executive action, delaying components of its health care law piece by piece. Yet when the House moved to provide fairness and relief for all Americans, through the legislative process, the White House threatened to veto the measure. Despite the administration’s vocal opposition to the Fairness for American Families Act, over the past six months the White House has acted at least 21 times to delay or modify the president’s health care law. One such delay, on December 19, was in fact a delay of the individual mandate…but only for some impacted by a broken promise... (READ MORE)

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Senate GOP Leader McConnell: Senator Coburn Will Be Missed

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding Tom Coburn’s decision to retire:

“Tom Coburn is without question one of the most intelligent, principled, and decent men in modern Senate history and a lasting credit to his beloved Oklahoma. Every day that Tom has served in this body he has reminded his colleagues of why it is that we came here in the first place and helped restore us to our purpose. With his nearly 20 years of service in the House and later in the Senate, Tom has set a moral example for lawmakers at every level of government through his integrity, grit, and fearlessness in taking on problems others find either too difficult or too unglamorous... (READ MORE)

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Target Drops Health Plans for Part-Time Workers

Target is dropping its healthcare plan for part-time employees, urging them to sign up for Obamacare instead.
 
The company won't say how many employees are losing their coverage, but it's estimated to be tens of thousands of people.
 
"Target will provide U.S. stores' part-time team members who are currently enrolled in Target's health coverage and who are losing access to that coverage a $500 cash payment," Jodee Kozlak, executive vice president of Human Resources at Target, said... (READ MORE)

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