"GOP’s Health Amendments For CR: Cut Off Funds To Defend Law, Eliminate Salaries For Implementers"
Below is a list of some of the health care related amendments Republicans are offering to the continuing budget resolution. Even though the Republicans on the Rules Committee indicated last night that they were more interested in enacting their $100 billion (but really, only about $60 billion) in proposed cuts than going after health reform in the CR, these amendments do target specific provisions, regulations and even the Justice Department’s efforts to defend the health care law:
- PENCE AMENDMENT NO. 11: Defund “Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. or any of the following affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.”
- FLEMING AMENDMENT NO. 55: Rescind the unobligated balance of funds for the Affordable Care Act.
- GARDNER AMENDMENT NO. 79: Cuts off funds to pay the salary “of any officer or employee of the Department of Health and Human Services who develops or promulgates regulations or guidance with regard to Exchanges.”
- GARDNER AMENDMENT NO. 82: Rescind the unobligated balance of funds for the Affordable Care Act.
- EMERSON AMENDMENT NO. 83: Cuts off funds to the IRS for the implementation of the individual mandate.
- GOHMERT AMENDMENT NO. 119: Cuts off funds “to carry out any program under, promulgate any regulation pursuant to, or defend against any lawsuit challenging” the Affordable Care Act.
- GINGREY AMENDMENT NO. 182: “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to establish or implement any requirement that individuals receive vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV) as a condition of school admittance or matriculation.”
- GINGREY AMENDMENT NO. 183: Defunds family planning services.
- BURGESS AMENDMENT NO. 200: “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to pay the salary of any officer or employee of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight in the Department of Health and Human Services.” The Center is helping HHS to implement many of the provisions of the legislation that address private health insurance.
- SCALISE AMENDMENT NO. 204: Cuts off funds to pay salaries and expenses for the Director of the White House Office of Health Reform.
- UPTON AMENDMENT NO. 215: “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to implement, administer, or enforce” the grandfather regulations issued by HHS.
- MCMORRIS RODGERS AMENDMENT NO. 274: “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to pay any employee, contractor, or grantee of the Internal Revenue Service to implement or enforce” the Affordable Care Act.
- POE (TX) AMENDMENT NO. 403: “None of the funds made available by this Act may be appropriated to any agency for any activities in anticipation of, or related to implementing, administering, or enforcing the individual mandate” in the Affordable Care Act.
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY), who has been leading the charge on holding Republicans accountable for accepting government-administered health insurance, has also offered an amendment requiring members to ‘notify the Clerk’ if they receive health benefits through the FEHBP (a similar measure was voted down earlier this year.) Another amendment would prohibit the government from taking away the Medicare checks seniors received to help close the doughnut hole in Part D.