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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump, still mired in persistent allegations that his victory in the 2016 presidential election was aided by his campaign colluding with Russia, took to Twitter on Sunday morning to accuse Hillary Clinton of colluding with the Democratic Party to secure her nomination.

"Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order to beat Crazy Bernie Sanders. Is she allowed to so collude? Unfair to Bernie!," Trump tweeted.


Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order to beat Crazy Bernie Sanders. Is she allowed to so collude? Unfair to Bernie!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2017


Clinton's alleged collusion with her party to defeat the insurgent Sanders campaign in the 2016 primary is an issue that brought division in the Democratic Party's base, and has resulted in a lawsuit that seeks restitution for donations made by supporters to the self-described Democratic Socialist's campaign, citing claims of fraud and deception on the part of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The allegations -- bolstered in part by a trove of emails leaked from the account of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and published by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks -- ultimately played a role in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, resigning as the DNC chair. They also inspired protests that took place at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.

The president's tweet follows others he wrote on Friday and Saturday that took aim at the Obama administration, alleging it failed to curtail the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. WHY?" Trump wrote.

Clinton and Sanders, meanwhile, have been focused on bolstering the opposition argument against the GOP health care bill, which will be evaluated by the Congressional Budget Office later this week.

Clinton tweeted on Saturday, saying that if the bill is passed, the Republicans are "the death party."


Forget death panels. If Republicans pass this bill, they're the death party. https://t.co/jCStfOaBjy

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 23, 2017


Meanwhile, Sanders helped kick off the start of the "Protect Our Care" tour at a rally at the Pittsburgh Convention Center, using the opportunity to blast the Republican health care bill.

"This is a barbaric and immoral piece of legislation," Sanders told the crowd Saturday night.

Trump has backed the proposed health care legislation, which would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, despite calling a version of the bill that passed in the House “mean.”

So far, five Republicans have come out in opposition to the current version of the bill, creating major obstacles for getting the legislation passed. Trump said in an interview with Fox News on Sunday that objections that exist within his party can be overcome through negotiation.

“I don’t think they’re that far off -- you know, famous last words -- but I think we are going to get there,” he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- For the first time in over two decades, the White House did not host an Iftar or Eid celebration dinner to mark the month of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month when Muslims fast during daylight hours.

Hosting an Eid celebration or an Iftar dinner – the nightly meal when Muslims break their fast during Ramadan -- had been a White House tradition since 1996, when then-first lady Hillary Clinton hosted the first Eid dinner there.

Iftar dinners inviting prominent members of the Muslim community to break their fast at the White House were continued each year during the administrations of both President Bush and President Obama.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also broke with tradition by not hosting an Iftar dinner at the State Department during Ramadan, as has happened for the past two decades.

Last year, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump told ABC News' Jonathan Karl in an interview that he would be open to continuing the tradition of hosting an Iftar dinner if he were in the White House.

“It wouldn’t bother me. It wouldn’t bother me,” Trump said last June. “It’s not something I’ve given a lot of thought to but it wouldn’t bother me.”

The president and first lady issued a statement Saturday afternoon recognizing the Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.

"On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr," the statement reads. "During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values."

The White House did host a Passover Seder in the month of April, but neither the president nor members of his family who are Jewish attended.

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Trump is "leaving open the possibility" that his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey were taped, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said.

Conway's comments in an interview with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday came two days after the president announced on Twitter that he had not personally taped his conversations with Comey.

In a pair of tweets on Thursday, Trump wrote: "With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are 'tapes' or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings."

Stephanopoulos asked Conway on This Week if the president has tried to end any uncertainty over the issue by asking the intelligence community if it had recorded any of the conversations between Trump and Comey.

She declined to say.

“I'm not going to comment on his conversations with his intelligence community," Conway said. “He is leaving open the possibility that it could have happened.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Amid speculation that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy may announce his retirement, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway declined to say whether President Trump or the White House has heard from the justice about his plans.

“I will never reveal a conversation between a sitting justice and the president or the White House,” Conway told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday.

The Supreme Court’s last day before summer recess is Monday, and there is speculation that any news out of the high court could come then.

Conway said the White House is “paying very close attention” to decisions that may come down before the court adjourns for the summer.

In the event of a vacancy, she said the president would look for a candidate with similar credentials to his previous nominee who was confirmed, Justice Neil Gorsuch.

“I can tell you one thing: Just as the president did with Justice Neil Gorsuch, whenever there are vacancies, whenever that happens, he will look for someone with the fidelity to the Constitution, who doesn’t make up the law as they go along,” Conway said.

She added that she hopes Republicans can “get more than a handful of Democrat senators” to vote for the nominee.

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Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- As five Republicans have come out in opposition to the current Republican health care bill, President Donald Trump expressed optimism that the Senate will pass the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

“I don’t think they’re that far off -- you know, famous last words -- but I think we are going to get there,” the president said in an interview with reporters.

Trump downplayed the opposition that the bill is facing, suggesting the objections that exist within his party can be overcome through negotiation.

“We have a few people that are -- I think you can say modestly -- they’re not standing on the rooftop screaming. They want to get some points. I think they’ll get some points,” he said.

Asked if Republican senators are doing enough to help him get the bill through, the president said, “I think so.”

In addition to the five Republicans who have said definitively that they will not support the legislation as it is currently written, there are several other Republicans who have expressed misgivings about the bill since getting a first look at the text on Thursday. Prior to the bill’s Thursday release, most members of the Senate had not seen the text, which was drafted behind closed doors by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and a close cadre of aides.

In the interview, the president continued to slam Democrats as obstructionists, and singled out Democratic Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., for criticizing the legislation before he had seen what was in it, noting that few in the GOP had even seen it at that time.

“I saw Sen. Schumer criticizing the bill a couple weeks ago, and he had no idea what was in the bill," he said. "In fact, the Republican senators didn't know because it wasn't released. Very few people knew."

The president also took a personal swipe at Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who has been a leading voice in criticizing the GOP’s plan to repeal Obamacare. Trump once again referred to her as “Pocahontas” and called her a “highly overrated voice.”

“I call her Pocahontas, and that's an insult to Pocahontas. I actually think she is just somebody that has a lot of hatred, a lot of anger,” the president said.

He went on to suggest that Warren actually damaged Hillary Clinton’s chances of capturing the White House during the 2016 campaign.

"I watched her campaigning for Hillary, and she was so angry. Hillary would be sitting back, listening to her, trying to smile,” he said. “But there were lot of people were going, 'Wow, is this what we want?' ”

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said, in the wake of his party's most recent loss in a congressional special election, Democrats "better stand for something."

Schumer told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday that the party will unveil a strong economic message this summer that will appeal to the middle class and unite Democrats.

"Here’s the No. 1 lesson from Georgia 6th," Schumer said in reference to the Democratic loss in the special election last week in Georgia's 6th Congressional District outside Atlanta.

"Democrats need a strong, bold, sharp-edged and commonsense economic agenda," the Senate minority leader said.

Schumer said Democrats have an opportunity given that Trump has an approval rating of 40 percent.

"But they say, 'What the heck do the Democrats stand for?' We better stand for something, and it can’t be baby steps," he said.

The New York senator also addressed the Senate health care bill unveiled by Republicans on Thursday, which he said stands about a 50 percent chance of passing.

“I think they have, at best, a 50-50 chance of passing this bill," Schumer said, adding that the legislation “devastating." "And that’s what’s making it so hard for them to pass it.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hopes to bring the bill to a vote on the Senate floor before the July Fourth recess. So far, five Republican senators have announced their opposition to the bill in its current form, which raises questions about whether the bill can clear the 50-vote threshold for passage.

The GOP Senate leadership unveiled the legislation, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act, on Thursday after negotiating behind closed doors. The private negotiations drew criticism and concern from Democratic senators and some Republicans.

Schumer told Stephanopoulos on This Week that he asked McConnell to bring the entire Senate together to work on the bill.

“Let Democrats and Republicans together -- all 100 of us -- meet in the old Senate chamber and discuss this," the Democratic senator said.

But he said Senate Republican leaders "want to try it themselves first."

"If they fail, hopefully they’ll come sit down. They’ll stop sabotaging Obamacare and sit down with us and make Obamacare better," Schumer said.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway asserted Sunday that the Senate health care bill does not propose cuts to Medicaid, despite projections that it would cut Medicaid by $800 billion.

“These are not cuts to Medicaid," Conway said to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday. "This slows the rate for the future, and it allows governors more flexibility for the future with Medicaid dollars.”

Conway said those who became a recipient of Medicaid through the Obamacare expansion are "grandfathered in."

“We’re talking about in the future,” Conway said.

When pressed by Stephanopoulos on how the proposal doesn’t amount to cuts when it directly curtails funding for Medicaid, Conway said the administration sees its actions as putting Medicaid back to pre-Obamacare levels.

“We don’t see them as cuts. It’s slowing the rate of growth in the future and getting Medicaid back to where it was,” she said.

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and several Cabinet members attended the Saturday-night wedding of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Scottish actress Louise Linton.

Vice President Mike Pence officiated the ceremony, which took place at Washington's Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, a historic venue located near the National Mall. Second lady Karen Pence was also in attendance.

Melania Trump wore a Gilles Mendel silk chiffon gown with Manolo Blahnik pumps, according to the first lady's office.

About 300 guests reportedly attended the wedding.

Aside from the Trumps and Pences, guests included White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and his wife, Rebecca Miller; Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson; and Secretary of Veteran Affairs David Shulkin.

It's the second marriage for Linton, 36, and the third marriage for Mnuchin, 54.

Linton has appeared in the TV shows "CSI: NY" and "Cold Case," as well as the film "Cabin Fever."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Hours after a Washington Post article detailing the Obama administration’s response to Russian cyberattacks was published, President Donald Trump reacted to the issue on Twitter.

Trump’s response comes amid an ongoing investigation of his current and former administration members’ activities with Russians. The president has been quick to defend himself against any allegations suggesting his personal involvement with Russia in terms of the election, tweeting that after months of investigation, there has been no evidence of “collusion.”

Just out: The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. WHY?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2017

While Trump’s tweet in response to the Washington Post story questions why the Obama camp “did nothing” about Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the article itself indicates otherwise.

According to the article, Obama’s actions in response to findings that the Russians were specifically targeting Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president in an effort to elect Trump were “modest,” not nonexistent.

Though some staffers of the former president reportedly believe the Obama administration could have been more aggressive in its response to the threat, others stand by his actions.

Obama issued economic sanctions on Russia in late 2016, in addition to approving a “cyber-weapon” to be used on Russia to defend America from further threats. That cyber-weapon was never used and is now under the jurisdiction of Trump for release.

Additional efforts by the former president have been released in the months following the election, including Obama verbally telling Russian President Vladimir Putin to “cut it out” in terms of hacking at the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, in September.

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Hemera/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The Koch brothers' political network plans to pick up the pace of spending in the run-up to 2018, despite major policy disagreements with the Trump administration that includes skepticism of the health care bill now being debated in the Senate.

The Koch network of organizations –- funded by some 100,000 donors, with billionaires Charles and David Koch front and center -– had previously announced plans to spend between $300 million and $400 million in the 2017-18 cycle.

"We think it's going to be on the high end of that range," Tim Phillips, president of the Kochs’ political wing Americans for Prosperity, told reporters Saturday as the Koch network's twice-a-year conference started.

Charles Koch told donors that the network he and his brother control is growing and getting stronger. In his opening remarks to the gathering, at a posh resort in Colorado Springs, he made no mention of President Trump, who has had a tense relationship with the Kochs.

"We are more optimistic now about what we can accomplish than we've ever been," Charles Koch said. "I see us taking it to the next level."

In Colorado this weekend, hundreds of wealthy conservative donors have joined four governors, six senators, and five House members -– all of them Republicans -– to discuss policy and strategy under the thematic batter of "the courage to lead."

As for leadership in Washington, leaders of the Koch-backed political groups are expressing optimism about progress in some areas, particularly judicial appointments and the rollback of regulations.

But they are airing sharp differences with the Trump administration in other areas, including criminal justice reform, trade agreements, and drug enforcement.

Mark Holden, Koch Industries' general counsel, told reporters that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is embracing a failed "big-government approach" that is "based on fear" when it comes to following tougher sentencing guidelines. Holden has led efforts to reach out to Republicans and Democrats -– including the Obama administration -– on sentencing reform, only to see Sessions move in the other direction.

"Hopefully we can change people's minds," Holden said.

The Koch-backed groups have stopped short of endorsing the Senate health care draft revealed this past week. They came out against the initial House proposal, but relented after changes were made to reflect conservatives' concerns.

"We're still hopeful on the health care front," Phillips said, adding that the bill "needs to get better" from a conservative perspective to earn his group's support.

He called it "flatly wrong" for Republicans to support continuing Medicaid expansions -– something moderate lawmakers are pushing for in the Senate.

"Their position is not the compassionate way to go, because this program is failing," he said.

The Koch brothers have had a tense relationship with Trump, dating back to a primary campaign where the president attacked his GOP rivals for their ties to the billionaires. Charles Koch told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl last April that "it's possible" Hillary Clinton would make a better president than Trump for small-government priorities; the Kochs wound up attacking Clinton in local races while staying away from outright support for Trump.

As part of an effort to patch up relations, Vice President Mike Pence met privately Friday night with Charles Koch. Pence was in Colorado for unrelated political events and did not attend the donor gathering.

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Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders is headlining a "don't take our health care" rally tonight in Pittsburgh as a first stop on a three-state tour to mobilize opposition to the Senate health care bill, which the Vermont senator has called "by far the most harmful piece of legislation I have seen in my lifetime."

Sanders teamed up with progressive advocacy organization MoveOn.org to hold rallies this weekend in Pittsburgh; Columbus, Ohio; and Charleston, West Virginia, with the goal of pressuring Republican senators in each of the states to oppose the legislation released Thursday.

Republican Sens. Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, Rob Portman in Ohio and Shelley Moore Capito in West Virginia have said they’re reviewing the legislation and have not made a final decision.

Toomey issued the most supportive statement of the three, calling the Senate bill, “an important and constructive first step in repealing Obamacare and replacing it.”

Five GOP senators have so far announced their opposition to the bill drafted by some of their Republican colleagues. Republicans can afford only two defections from the 52 senators in their ranks to pass the bill.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is expected to release its assessment of the bill early next week.

Sanders has slammed the legislation as "disastrous," saying in a statement Thursday that it "has nothing to do with health care. It has everything to do with an enormous transfer of wealth from working people to the richest Americans."

Sanders spokesperson Josh Miller-Lewis told ABC News, “We’re at a pivotal moment in the fight to save health care and the goal this weekend is to elevate that fight.”

All three of the states where the senator and MoveOn are holding rallies were won by President Trump in the 2016 election.

The first rally is Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Pittsburgh, followed by events Sunday in Ohio and West Virginia.

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates is publicly criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his hardline stance on drug-related crimes.

In a highly publicized end to her 27-year career with the Justice Department, Yates was fired by President Donald Trump in January. On Friday, Yates published her first tweet as a "private citizen,” in which she linked to an op-ed she penned for The Washington Post.

My first tweet as a private citizen. Read my op-ed responding to AG Sessions on the need for criminal justice reform https://t.co/143F3hagva

— Sally Yates (@SallyQYates) June 24, 2017

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled back the clock to the 1980s, reinstating the harsh, indiscriminate use of mandatory minimum drug sentences,” she writes in the editorial.

The opinion piece was a direct response to one written by Sessions in the Post last week in which he advocated for a “tough” approach to fighting crime and echoed the president’s mantra to “make America safe again.”

Sessions was defending a memo he’d issued in May reminding federal prosecutors that pursuing sentences less than the mandatory minimum requirements would require a supervisor’s approval.

Citing what she called historically low violent-crime rates, Yates argues that Sessions’ memo limits the ability of prosecutors to pursue an appropriate sentencing for drug offenses.

In her piece, Yates references a 2014 study that found drug defendants with shorter sentences were slightly less likely to commit additional crimes. However, the study notes, the analysis showed "no statistically significant difference in the recidivism rates of the two groups.”

She was quickly praised for her public advocacy by fellow former prosecutor Preet Bharara, who was also fired this year by Trump.

I welcome my friend @SallyQYates to private life and the public arena. Thank you for your service. Good to see you here. https://t.co/r3oTmH7tyW

— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) June 24, 2017

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Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- Protesters outfitted in red robes and white bonnets -- the signature look of "handmaids" in the Hulu series "The Handmaid's Tale" -- greeted Vice President Mike Pence Friday outside a speaking engagement in Colorado at the conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family.

"The Handmaid's Tale" is set in a dystopian future, where fertile women are forced into sexual servitude and identifiable by their distinct wardrobe.

The robe-wearing protesters -- who were part of a larger group of about 100, according to Colorado Springs ABC affiliate KRDO -- carried signs that read "Abort Mike Pence," "Stop Targeting Women's Healthcare" and "Stop Teaching Hate."

"This organization believes being gay is a sin and that it's possible to convert people from being gay to straight -- it's ridiculous,” protester Nancy Stilwagen told KRDO about Focus on the Family. "So many people say we don't want sharia law in this country. People are pushing it. It's just not Islamic law. It's Christian law."

Stilwagen carried a sign that read, "The Handmaid's Tale is not an instruction manual. It's a warning."

Pence told the audience of 1,650 that the organization should rekindle its interest in politics, especially in light of the Trump administration's proposal to slash funding to Planned Parenthood.

"The time is now," Pence said, explaining that former President Barack Obama's health law is "dead."

Then, to a roar of applause, he said, "This is when we are going to defund Planned Parenthood once and for all."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Republican leaders are planning to move fast now that legislation was revealed on Thursday to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- otherwise known as Obamacare -- and drastically change the current health care landscape.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he ambitiously hopes to pass the bill before the July Fourth recess. In order to do so, Republicans would need to bypass the traditional committee process and forgo public hearings.

While advocacy groups argue the effects of the bill are complex and demand debate, many health care providers argue that women's health in particular could be greatly impacted if the bill were to pass.

Here are some of the ways the legislation could potentially impact women in the U.S.:


One program the bill contains significant cuts to is Medicaid, which currently provides health insurance for 74 million Americans. Experts argue that the Medicaid cuts proposed in the bill could impact women in particular, because of the disproportionately large number of low-income women and women of color who depend on the program, particularly for maternity care.

“Women are much more likely to work in low-wage jobs and be tip workers. All of those jobs are more likely to come without health insurance,” said Andrea Flynn, an economic policy fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.

The Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit focusing on major health care issues, reported in 2015 that about half of all births in the U.S. were covered through Medicaid.

By cutting federal funding to states to cover Medicaid, states would then have to decide to either cover fewer people, provide less substantive coverage or find alternative ways to shoulder the costs.

Women of color could be particularly affected by such Medicaid cuts. According to the Center for Global Policy Solutions, one in four black women of reproductive age is on Medicaid.

The bill also states that in order to remain eligible for Medicaid, a woman must return to work 60 days after she gives birth. Judy Lubin, a project director for Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity at the Center for Global Policy Solutions, notes that because there is currently no work requirement to be on Medicaid, the inclusion of this clause underscores the “false narrative” that “people on Medicaid do not work.”

Maternity Care

Under the proposed bill, states would also be able seek a waiver from Obamacare rules and specifically permit insurance companies to offer plans that don’t meet the current baseline benchmarks for care and coverage.

For example, under current law, all plans must cover so-called essential health benefits, including maternity care, prescription drugs and ambulances. Under the Senate bill, states could do away with those regulations. Supporters argue that this makes the bill amenable to distinct, individual needs, namely those of men who do not want to pay for plans that cover maternity care. The Affordable Care Act precisely aimed to prevent the uneven opportunity and cost disparity between men and women.

Flynn argued that when men buy into the same pool, costs equalize.

“We all pay into a system, and some of us use some benefits and some of us use some others," Flynn said, adding that it isn't just a "women's issue."

"It’s a family issue," she said.

Under the Senate bill, insurers cannot outright charge someone more for insurance based on gender, but experts worry that by changing plan requirements, the costs of individual plans that cover maternity care could skyrocket. According to Flynn and several other health care experts, the price of maternity care coverage for women buying their own insurance in individual marketplaces was prohibitively expensive prior to the ACA.

“What could happen under this bill is that some states will continue to mandate the coverage and others wouldn’t, and you would see some plans that stop offering that coverage or charge much, much more for it,” Flynn added.

The National Women’s Law Center reports that a hospital bill for childbirth care ranges, on average, from $30,000 to $50,000.

The bill notes that these regulations would not apply to situations where an abortion is “necessary to save the life of the mother” or cases of rape or incest.

Christy Gamble, the director of health policy and legislative affairs at the Black Women's Health Imperative, said insurance can be a safeguard against unexpected events.

“Insurance is a safety net," Gamble said. "A lot of times the financial means to afford an abortion is not available to these women, so insurance provides the ability to get the necessary services without going bankrupt and affecting every other area of your life.”

Gamble also notes the tangible effects this will have on women’s health coverage.

“There are not going to be plans that see the benefit of having abortion coverage, because individuals who need access to insurance are no longer going to be able to afford it since the means to pay for those premiums are going to be taken away when it comes to the federal tax credit,” she said.

Defunding Planned Parenthood

The current legislation would also completely defund Planned Parenthood for one year -- for all medical services. Under federal law, Planned Parenthood already cannot use any federal funds to perform abortions. But this bill would go further.

Women on Medicaid, for instance, could not be reimbursed for any services at these clinics, even for cancer screenings or STI and PAP tests. According to the organization’s official page, Planned Parenthood administers 320,000 breast exams in a given year, and 80 percent of clients seek services to prevent unintended pregnancy.

According to previous estimates from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, dismantling federal funding to organizations such as Planned Parenthood would likely increase costs to the federal government. A 2015 report found that implementing such a bill to defund the group would increase direct spending by $130 million over 10 years. Women who can no longer afford these services will turn to hospitals and emergency rooms, according to Planned Parenthood.

This provision on Planned Parenthood presents a potential legal roadblock, and reproductive health activists hope the Senate parliamentarian will prohibit Republicans from including it in the final bill. Republicans want to pass the health care bill through a budget reconciliation process, which requires fewer votes, but has strict rules keeping out any “extraneous” language.

Planned Parenthood has released a statement opposing the bill, with President Cecile Richards stating, “One in five women in this country rely on Planned Parenthood for care. They will not stay silent as politicians vote to take away their care and their rights.”


One of the most popular parts of the ACA was access to free birth control. Obamacare designated contraception as a preventive service, and insurers had to front the cost. Flynn and others confirm that the Senate bill, as currently written, would not change that for now.

Flynn notes how the contraceptive mandate of the ACA is currently not under attack, likely because of the reconciliation regulations. However, as Flynn notes, millions of women will "lose access to health insurance, and therefore they will lose access to family planning.”

McConnell needs 51 votes to pass the legislation. At least five Republican senators have said publicly that they will not vote for the bill in its current form. There are currently 52 Republican members of the Senate.

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Allison Shelley/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., is out of the intensive care unit, a source familiar with his recovery said, nine days after the House majority whip and three others were shot at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.

Scalise has not been released from the MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is still listed in "fair condition."

Hospital officials said earlier this week that "Scalise continues to make good progress" and "is beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation."

Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, said last week that Scalise had "sustained a single rifle wound that entered in the area of the left hip. It traveled directly across toward the other hip in what we call a trans pelvic gunshot wound. The round fragmented and did substantial damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels.

"I understand he was awake on scene but by the time he was transported by helicopter to the MedStar trauma center, he was in shock," Sava said. "When he arrived, he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death." His condition later improved.

The alleged shooter, identified by police as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, was killed in a shootout with police after shooting Scalise, a Capitol Police officer and two others at a practice for the annual charity congressional baseball game. Hodgkinson's wife emotionally told reporters, "I can’t believe he did this," saying there were no signs.

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