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Virginia Republicans Say They’ll Block Medicaid Expansion

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has made it a top priority to remove the commonwealth from the list of 25 states that have declined to expand the number of individuals eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) has made it a top priority to remove the commonwealth from the list of 25 states that have declined to expand the number of individuals eligible for Medicaid under Obamacare. On Monday, House Speaker William Howell (R-Stafford) said his majority caucus is not going to play along.

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House Republicans Send Anti-Choice ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion’ Bill to the Floor (UPDATED)

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ).

Speaking in the Rules Committee, Rep. Alcee Hastings said, “I think men ought to butt out of this subject, and be about the business of respecting women and their rights.”

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Another Affordable Care Act Contraception Lawsuit Filed in Michigan

The ACLU of Colorado has filed a complaint with a state agency alleging that a rural Catholic hospital is in violation of both federal and state law by directing its doctors not to discuss abortion with patients, even when pregnancy threatens the life of the pregnant person.

Right to Life of Michigan’s federal lawsuit adds to a pile of recent court cases challenging whether corporations can refuse to provide employees contraception coverage in employer-sponsored health insurance plans on moral grounds.

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In the GOP’s Oz, Congressmen Paint Sebelius as Wicked Witch

What most will remember from Wednesday's House hearing is a bunch of angry men yelling at a woman.

The glitchy rollout of Obamacare offered plenty of fodder for Republicans who oppose the bill. But what most will remember from Wednesday’s House hearing is a bunch of angry men yelling at a woman.

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No, Obamacare’s Use of the Phrase ‘Unborn Child’ Is Not Hypocrisy

While the controversial new law, which went into effect Thursday, allows insurance companies to offer abortion coverage as an optional rider, it turns out that no companies will offer those riders on the individual market.

Anti-choicers are trying to accuse liberals of hypocrisy because the health insurance exchanges let people know “unborn children” are included in coverage. But the only hypocrites here are people who claim to support life but are trying to demonize attempts to get pregnant women health coverage.

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Contraception Extremism and the Right-Wing Bubble

I should not have to choose between keeping my job and losing my dignity.

How did the Republicans get themselves into this shutdown mess? Part of the problem is they are remarkably out of touch, and you can look no further than Republican discourse on contraception to see how bad it’s gotten in the right-wing bubble.

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The New Front in the Legal Fight Over Obamacare

Victories in the realm of trans health care occasion so much celebration because of what health-care access can do; so many of the trans community’s immediate concerns are quite literally matters of life and death.

A lawsuit filed by the State of Indiana shows conservatives’ evolving legal strategy in trying to undermine health-care reform.

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Shutdown and Default Considered Small Price to Pay for Banning Birth Control, Say Catholic Bishops and Paul Ryan

A screenshot from Rep. Paul Ryan's video greeting that was shown at the Values Voter Summit on Saturday, October 12.

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan dances to the bishops’ tune in shutdown and debt limit fights, refusing to compromise because he wants “leverage” to curtail Obamacare contraceptive benefit.

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Cruz, Carson Thrill ‘Values Voters’ With Obama-Bashing and a Side of Misogyny

Ted Cruz (R-TX) intoned, with apocalyptic implications, that the nation stood “on the edge of cliff,” and that only a few years stood between the cliff and the fall of the nation into “oblivion.”

At the 2013 Values Voter Summit, Ted Cruz lies about Obamacare birth control benefit, while Dr. Ben Carson says there’s no war on women because people give their seats up for the ones who are pregnant.

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House GOP Proposes ‘Abortion Insurance Disclosure Act’

Under the proposal, any abortion coverage provided by any health plan through Obamacare insurance exchanges would have to be "disclosed to enrollees at the time of enrollment in the plan and shall be prominently displayed in any marketing or advertising materials."

Under the proposal, any abortion coverage provided by any health plan through Obamacare insurance exchanges would have to be “disclosed to enrollees at the time of enrollment in the plan and shall be prominently displayed in any marketing or advertising materials.”

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