House Republicans want to add another new provision to their health care bill that would bar insurance companies from denying coverage to women seeking abortions or from covering the procedure on their own, despite an appeals court ruling in favor of a Texas law that has been struck down.
The new provision would require insurers to provide coverage for abortion procedures, even if the abortion provider is also covered by a plan that covers contraception or the health plan of a woman’s partner.
The House’s measure also requires insurers to cover procedures such as a colonoscopy and gynecological exam that are free of charge.
Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington said the provision was designed to help women and men who are struggling with health care costs.
She said it also makes it easier for people who don’t have insurance to seek help.
Republicans have been working to roll out the House GOP health care legislation in the days before the March 4 recess, but a major procedural vote was delayed Thursday as GOP leaders fought a procedural issue that could have limited their ability to advance legislation in a conference committee.
The bill has faced strong opposition from abortion rights groups and conservative Republican lawmakers who fear it would lead to more abortions in the U.S.
The GOP bill, which has been widely panned by the U., is expected to pass in the House on a largely party-line vote, though the Senate is expected later in the week to consider it.
It would go to President Donald Trump for his signature, but it is unclear whether the president would sign it.
Republicans’ latest effort to pass a major health care law failed Thursday.
Democrats’ last-ditch effort to move forward on the health care measure failed with 52 votes, while the Senate passed it without Republican support.
Republicans are in a difficult position as they are trying to advance the legislation through Congress without Democratic support, and they have been unable to win the votes to pass the bill on the Senate floor.
McMorris Rodgers said Republicans have an obligation to show their constituents what they’re doing, but added that it is a shame they couldn’t find the votes.
“It’s a shame, and I think we need to put it behind us for now,” she said.
“I think we’ll come back and we’ll have a much better bill in the Senate.”