President Donald Trump will sign legislation erasing an Obama-era rule that banned states from maintaining federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and abortion providers.
This rule was confirmed shortly prior to Obama leaving the office in January. In fact, the nation’s biggest business group is joining hospitals, doctors and insurers requesting President Trump to retain ‘Obamacare’ key part as his predecessor’s health care law.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been critical about the Obama-era law, and has signed a letter on Wednesday demanding Trump to retain the cost-sharing subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act. Those subsidies, estimated $7 billion this year, and this helped people with modest incomes.
The letter was signed by the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, America’s Health Insurance Plans and several other groups saying the cost-sharing subsidies are critical for the stability of health insurance markets.
The legislation last month pressed through the Senate after Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote.
It got passed employing an obscure measure referred to as the Congressional Review Act, and this act allows the lawmakers to undo regulations enacted in the last months of the Obama administration and this could be done with just a majority vote.