Rhetoric Heats Up In Congressional Battle Over Planned Parenthood Funds
The Washington Post fact checks Sen. Chuck Schumer's claim regarding the number of women who get mammograms through the women's reproductive health group, while Planned Parenthood officials push back on Republicans' efforts to defund the organization. In other news from Capitol Hill, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduces a bill aimed at surprise bills after a colonoscopy.
The Washington Post:
Schumer’s Claim That ‘Millions Of Women Turn’ To Planned Parenthood For Mammograms
There are some claims about abortion and Planned Parenthood that just won’t go away. One of them is the repeat claim about Planned Parenthood and mammograms. So of course, Schumer’s tweet caught our attention. (Lee, 3/9)
San Francisco Chronicle:
Planned Parenthood Fights GOP Push To End Federal Funding
Two days after House Republicans unveiled a plan to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, Kathy Kneer, the reproductive health organization’s top California official, was in Washington fighting for the future of her organization, which serves some 850,000 Californians each year. Because of California’s large population and geographic reach, the state has more Planned Parenthood health centers than any other state, 115, and receives more than half of the $500 million the organization gets from the federal government each year, according to the group’s leaders. (Ho, 3/8)
The Associated Press:
Senators Want To Prevent Surprise Colonoscopy Bills
Maine Sen. Susan Collins is among a group of senators that wants to make sure senior citizens aren’t charged with unexpected bills after a colonoscopy. Collins, a Republican, is introducing federal legislation that is designed to protect seniors from out-of-pocket costs for preventative colonoscopies. (3/9)
And USA Today spotlights an alternate health bill, dubbed the "world's greatest" —
Meet The 'World’s Greatest Healthcare Plan Of 2017'
House GOP lawmakers unveiled their Obamacare replacement this week. But while it's a health care plan, it's not the "Greatest Healthcare Plan." That honor goes to a proposal from Rep. Pete Sessions. The Texas Republican last week introduced health care legislation entitled the "World's Greatest Healthcare Plan of 2017," a proposal that, among other provisions, would eliminate individual and employer health coverage mandates. (Estepa, 3/8)