Some fear health law could give members of Congress and their staffers abortion coverage

Rethinking Global Public Health

All plans available in the marketplaces will comply with the law. Obama, who supports abortion rights, has said previously that he does not want his health-care overhaul to change existing laws on abortion. An independent expert on the federal-employee plan said abortion opponents appear to have a legitimate question, but the applicable laws are so arcane that its hard to tell who is right. This goes into a legal thicket the complexity of which I cant begin to fathom, said Walton Francis, lead author of an annual guide to federal health benefits. It would take lawyers hours to decipher the interrelationship between these statutes, and they would probably come to different conclusions. Abortion opponents say the long-standing ban on administrative expenses related to abortion coverage precludes the personnel office from dealing with health plans that cover abortion. To comply with the Smith amendment, they would have to advise members and congressional staff that they can only choose plans that do not cover abortions, said Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee.
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Legal fight looms. Post to Facebook Obamacare and voting rights clash over health exchanges on USAToday.com: http://usat.ly/14G2Sko Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 157 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Obamacare and voting rights clash over health exchanges Jake Grovum, Pew/Stateline Staff Writer 12:01 p.m. EDT August 16, 2013 A Florida Voter Registration Application sits at the Miami-Dade Elections Department on October 1, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images) Story Highlights 1993 National Voter Registration Act requires states to offer voter registration at gov’t offices States are expected to open health insurance exchanges Oct.
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Sebelius: Talk on health care plan up to Texas

We need to rethink some basic categories of analysis. For example, a disease may be biologically infectious (e.g. HIV/AIDS) or non-infectious (e.g. diabetes), but the behaviors driving major chronic disease epidemics like diabetes are in a very real way socially “infectious.” What would happen if public health systems around the world thought about diabetes as a socially “infectious” disease? What would they do to contain its spread? When illness is prevented, employers have more productive work forces, governments save more taxpayer dollars, and insurance companies pay fewer claims.
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Obamacare and voting rights clash over health exchanges

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19, 2013 | Posted: 4:54 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 Sebelius: Talk on health care plan up to Texas Related View Larger County Judge Ed Emmett, left, and Mayor Annise Parker, right, look on as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, center, addresses attendees during a stakeholder meeting to address implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty) View Larger County Judge Ed Emmett, left, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, center left, and Mayor Annise Parker, right, look on as Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, center, addresses attendees during a stakeholder meeting to address implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in Houston.
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