A bill to stabilize Obamacare likely will not be included in a must-pass spending deal, with bipartisan support crumbling over the past week due to divisions over abortion and other issues, the Washington Examiner reported.
The overall spending bill is expected to be unveiled within the next day, the news outlet reported. But House GOP leadership told members Monday the Obamacare stabilization bill, which includes funding to Obamacare insurers, will not be included.
"Prospects don't look good at the moment," White House legislative liaison Marc Short told reporters, the Examiner reported.
The Examiner, quoting an unnamed source, reported the legislation could be included if Democrats drop their objection to applying the Hyde Amendment to the new funding in the package. The Hyde Amendment is a 1970s spending rider that prohibits any federal funding from paying for abortions.
"It is not about Hyde," charged Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, told the Examiner. "I think [Democrats] want it as a political issue."
Democrats contend the package is deeply partisan.
"Rather than help people, this proposal fails to stop the Trump administration's regulatory rollback of consumer protections and will severely limit women's access to care and further eliminate ACA consumer protections," said Reps. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., Richard Neal, D-Mass., and Bobby Scott, D-Va., the Examiner reported.
In the middle is Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who said she has talked with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., about the Hyde dispute.
"We have explained what the intent is. I am pro-choice, and I would not be supporting legislation what I thought would be unreasonable burdens on a woman’s right to choose," Collins told reporters, the Examiner reported.
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