What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Less Affluent Women : A vote on a Democratic motion to send back to its drafting committee HR 4281, -- legislation allowing small business to band together as a means of lowering the cost of providing their employees with health insurance -- with instructions that the bill must not preempt state regulations regarding coverage for breast cancer, pregnancy and childbirth, and well-child OB/GYN services. (2004 house Roll Call 173)
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A vote on a Democratic motion to send back to its drafting committee HR 4281, -- legislation allowing small business to band together as a means of lowering the cost of providing their employees with health insurance -- with instructions that the bill must not preempt state regulations regarding coverage for breast cancer, pregnancy and childbirth, and well-child OB/GYN services.
house Roll Call 173     May 13, 2004
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

This vote was on a Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) motion to recommit (send back to the drafting committee) HR 4281, legislation allowing small business to band together as a means of lowering the cost of providing their employees with health insurance. Her motion failed 196-218. McCarthy's motion to recommit would have required the drafting committee to amend the bill with a provision ensuring that the bill does not preempt state regulations regarding coverage for breast cancer, pregnancy and childbirth, and well-child OB/GYN services. Progressives, who said the underlying legislation, HR 4281, would undermine state efforts to ensure basic health care to their residents, sought to preserve the services outlined in McCarthy's motion. Conservatives declined to engage on the specifics of the McCarthy motion, however, arguing only that the new health associations created under HR 4281 would be exempt from state insurance mandates "exactly like large company plans and union plans all over the country." Conservatives argued that health insurance mandates "drive up" the cost of health insurance, and, when the cost of health insurance goes up for small employers, it is their employees who lose coverage. Rejection of McCarthy's motion means certain women's related healthcare services would not be guaranteed insurance coverage under the bill.

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