Ways & Means Republicans Continue Attacks on Women’s Health

July 12, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, during a House Ways & Means Committee markup, Republicans passed legislation that will impact the quality and affordability of health care for millions of women and families in Oregon. H.R. 6311 denies federal subsidies for health care to all residents living in states (Oregon, California, Washington, New York) that allow plans to cover comprehensive women’s health services, including abortion. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) joined Democratic colleagues in offering an amendment that would strike these restrictions from the legislation. The amendment failed on a party line vote.

If H.R. 6311 becomes law, its impacts will be felt deeply in states like Oregon that require abortions to be covered by all insurance plans. In Oregon alone, over 100,000 individuals and families stand to lose the assistance they currently receive to make their health insurance more affordable.

“This is another callous attempt to insert Congress into the most personal of conversations between a woman and her physician,” said Blumenauer. “Ways and Means Republicans today made it clear that they would rather risk the health and coverage of hundreds of thousands of families in order to achieve a political ‘victory.’ It’s shameful.”

H.R. 6311 is expected to be considered on the House floor in the coming weeks.