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Bridget Johnson


July 5, 2012 - 4:17 pm

The House Rules Committee has scheduled an “emergency” meeting Monday evening to consider the Repeal of Obamacare Act.

The meeting is considered an emergency because the bill has not even been introduced yet. Congress is on recess this week, set to return Monday.

The bill “to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care related provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010″ is sponsored by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

“The law imposes 21 new or higher taxes on American families and businesses, including 12 taxes on families making less than $250,000 a year,” the bill states. “…The path to patient-centered care and lower costs for all Americans must begin with a full repeal of the law.”

It also notes the controversy over mandated coverage of birth control without a co-payment.

“Until enactment of the law, the Federal Government has not sought to impose specific coverage or care requirements that infringe on the rights of conscience of insurers, purchasers of insurance, plan sponsors, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders, such as individual or institutional health care providers. The law creates a new nationwide requirement for health plans to cover ‘essential health benefits’ and ‘preventive services’, but does not allow stakeholders to opt out of covering items or services to which they have a religious or moral objection, in violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Public Law 103–141).”

The bill does not mention last week’s Supreme Court ruling.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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