Trump threatens to cut California funding over abortion coverage

California believes it is a nation/State.  We have our own environmental laws, in contradiction to Federal law.  The same for immigration policy.  We have signed trade agreements with other nations, we are suing the Feds to close down oil drilling on Federal—not State—property.  Hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens are getting free health care while close to 200,000 are on the streets and 12 million live in poverty.  Now, thanks to a law passed in 2014—when Obama was president and he signed the bill, made what California has done illegal.  Now  President Trump is in the process of enforcing another Federal law.

“While public insurance programs like Medicaid have long been barred from covering abortion services, Friday’s announcement also marks an escalation of the administration’s efforts to extend the prohibition to private coverage. In December, HHS unveiled a rule requiring private insurers on Obamacare markets to send patients separate monthly bills to separate the portion of the premium that goes toward abortion coverage. The added administrative burden could prompt some insurers to drop abortion care altogether.

“We’re sending a message that if any state does what California has done, they should likewise expect to be found in violation,” Severino said. “Whatever one thinks of the legality of abortion, the American people have spoken with one voice that they should not be forced to pay for, participate in, or cover someone’s abortion.”

Expect more lawsuits.  Expect California to continue to violate Federal law—someone should tell those in poverty and the homeless about what the Democrats are doing to them.

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Trump threatens to cut California funding over abortion coverage

The move coincides with Trump’s address to March for Life.

By ALICE MIRANDA OLLSTEIN, Politico, 1/27/20   

The Trump administration on Friday threatened to cut off some federal funds to California unless it drops a state requirement that private health insurers cover abortion.

The administration says the policy violates a federal ban on discriminating against health care entities that refuse to cover abortion services or refer patients for the procedure when taxpayer dollars are involved. HHS is giving the state 30 days to comply or face the loss of unspecified funds.

“If states receive federal funds from HHS and other agencies, they cannot discriminate against health plans that decline to pay for abortion. Period. Full stop,” Roger Severino, who leads HHS’ Office for Civil Rights, told reporters on a call Friday morning. “We want California to come to the table so people won’t be forced to choose between having insurance coverage for their families and following their conscience.”

Five other states — Illinois, Maine, New York, Oregon and Washington — have similar laws on the books. But HHS is, for now, only singling out California.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom indicated the state won’t change the policy.

“The Trump administration would rather rile up its base to score cheap political points and risk access to care for millions than do what’s right,” he said. “California will continue to protect a woman’s right to choose, and we won’t back down from defending reproductive freedom for everybody — full stop.”

California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra tweeted “California won’t be deterred. We will fight this by any means necessary.”

The move is in line with other Trump administration actions targeting the progressive state over issues including environmental standards, immigration policies and homelessness. It was also timed to coincide with the March for Life on the National Mall, where President Donald Trump will become the first president to address the anti-abortion demonstration in person as he works to shore up support from social conservatives.

Groups opposed to abortion immediately praised the threat to cut funding.

The Family Research Council said the decision shows “just how seriously this administration views its role in protecting conscience rights for all Americans” while the leader of Susan B. Anthony List — a group that plans to spend tens of millions of dollars this year to help Trump get re-elected — praised him as “the most pro-life president in U.S. history.”

While public insurance programs like Medicaid have long been barred from covering abortion services, Friday’s announcement also marks an escalation of the administration’s efforts to extend the prohibition to private coverage. In December, HHS unveiled a rule requiring private insurers on Obamacare markets to send patients separate monthly bills to separate the portion of the premium that goes toward abortion coverage. The added administrative burden could prompt some insurers to drop abortion care altogether.

“We’re sending a message that if any state does what California has done, they should likewise expect to be found in violation,” Severino said. “Whatever one thinks of the legality of abortion, the American people have spoken with one voice that they should not be forced to pay for, participate in, or cover someone’s abortion.”

HHS said a Catholic order that previously and unsuccessfully sued California over the policy — the Missionary Guadalupanas of the Holy Spirit — filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights that led to the investigation and notice of violation. Severino on Friday compared the issue to the legal challenge filed by another group of nuns challenging the Obamacare’s birth control mandate — a case the Supreme Court last week agreed to review.

“The parallels with the Little Sisters of the Poor case are clear,” he said. “Once again, the government is trying to force nuns to cover abortion for fellow nuns. Why can’t they be left alone?”

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  1. Cut the abortion money, cut funding for police who refuse to enforce Federal law, and get back the Billions spent on the Broken Choo Choo.

    And that is just for starters.

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