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Constitutional Challenges to Individual Mandate Moving Forward

October 3, 2010

     The lawsuits by several governors and state attorneys general challenging the constitutionality of a key component of the health care reform legislation are moving forward.

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Health Care Financing Reform: (111) Executive Order on Abortion Funding

March 22, 2010

     Today's post contains information about the President's Executive Order on abortion funding that was critical to the enactment of health care reform legislation.

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Health Care Financing Reform: (109) Counting Votes in the House on the Abortion Funding Issue

February 25, 2010

     Amy Sullivan of Time Magazine published an article yesterday counting votes in the House of Representatives on the abortion funding issue.  Her conclusions are summarized below.

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Health Care Financing Reform: (83) Medicare for All and Ben Nelson's Abortion Amendment

December 8, 2009

     Two big developments today: a proposal on Medicare for All and another abortion amendment. 

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Abortion Analogies

November 9, 2009

     The enactment of the Stupak Amendment as part of the health care bill reawakens the debate over abortion.  Both sides invoke arguments by analogy in support of their positions on abortion and abortion funding.  I find a third analogy to be more fitting – one that supports the Supreme Court's position that while abortion […]

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Health Care Financing Reform: (62) The Stupak Amendment

November 8, 2009

     This posting contains a description of the Stupak Amendment restricting the use of federal funds to pay for abortions and links to articles and sites discussing the amendment.

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Health Care Financing Reform: (58) Rep. Ellsworth's Abortion Amendment

November 6, 2009

     One of the most divisive questions in health care financing reform involves funding for abortions.  Pro-life House Democrats have threatened to vote against the House Democratic bill, H.R. 3962, unless it is amended to ensure that federal funds are not spent on abortions.   A member of this group, Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-IN), has proposed an […]

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Health Care Financing Reform: (30) Abortion Funding

October 1, 2009

    At the Senate Finance Committee hearing on Wednesday Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) proposed amendments to the Baucus bill further restricting the use of federal funds for abortions.  The amendments were defeated by votes of 10-13, largely along party lines – one Democrat (Senator Conrad) voted for the amendments, and one Republican (Senator Snowe) voted against […]

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Committee Action on Health Care Reform and Abortion Funding

July 31, 2009

     Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee, led by Rep. Henry Waxman, is likely to report the "America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009" bill to the floor of the House of Representatives.  Here are links to the bill and a summary of it.  Below the fold is a discussion of how the bill will […]

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Abortion and Health Care Reform

July 22, 2009

     Ben Smith of Politico authored an article today entitled "Abortion Roils Already Tense Health Debate."  At present, the law prohibits government-sponsored health insurance plans from covering the costs of abortions, but private insurance plans are permitted to and often do offer this coverage.  What will happen – what should happen – if the government undertakes […]

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Sotomayor's Decision in Center for Reproductive Law and Policy v. Bush

June 1, 2009

     Seventeen years ago Judge Sonia Sotomayor authored the decision of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Center for Reproductive Law and Policy v. Bush, 304 F.3d 183 (2002).  What does this case tell us about her qualities as a judge and her views on abortion?

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