GOP Senate bill to prevent states from enforcing the Obamacare contraception mandate would be a ‘disaster’
The House has approved a bill that would bar states from imposing the federal mandate requiring women to have contraceptive coverage or face penalties under the Affordable Care Act.
The GOP-backed measure would bar the federal government from enforcing that mandate.
Republicans have not said how the measure will be implemented.
The legislation would require all states to allow insurance companies to sell plans that cover contraceptives without covering birth control or coverage of preventive care, which include abortions.
It would also bar insurers from charging more for coverage if the plan does not include coverage for contraception.
The measure is the latest effort by GOP leaders to try to push their conservative agenda ahead of the midterm elections.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the bill is a necessary tool to protect Americans from the GOP’s extremist agenda and has been approved by the House and Senate.
“This bill will protect women and men from the Republican’s extreme agenda,” Boehner said in a statement.
“It is a step in the right direction and we are grateful to House Republicans for making it happen.”
The GOP-led Senate passed a bill earlier this month that would require states to provide coverage for birth control.
The House bill is aimed at stopping the federal law.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R -Ky., said he plans to introduce his own measure to protect women, including women who have abortions, from the mandate.
McConnell said he has a plan for how the Senate will proceed and added he will bring it up in the coming days.
“I think the best thing for women and their families is to protect their ability to make their own health decisions, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do in the Senate,” McConnell said.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said that if he is elected president, he will make birth control coverage available to women who cannot afford it, as long as they can get it at the same time as the other preventive services.
The GOP has taken a more moderate approach to contraception coverage.
It has proposed requiring insurers to provide free birth control and a range of other preventive health services to women with pre-existing conditions.
Republicans have also tried to block the Affordable Healthcare Act by repealing it or defunding it.