WASHINGTON — Following up on their largely symbolic vote to repeal the new health care law, House Republicans moved ahead Thursday with more targeted efforts to advance their own initiatives, including deregulating health insurance sales.
More than 60 House Republicans signed on to a new bill to permit interstate sales of health insurance. The goal would be to lower premium costs by avoiding requirements in many states that insurers cover certain services.
At the same time, GOP lawmakers introduced legislation to place more restrictions on federal funding for abortion services, including a new ban that would make insurance plans that cover abortions ineligible for standard tax exemptions.
A group of conservative House Republicans unveiled a fiscal plan that would prohibit any spending this year to implement the new health care law. The proposal would also bar the Department of Justice from defending the law against court challenges and halt federal aid to states to help them prop up their Medicaid health insurance program for the poor.
• A proposal by the Republican Study Committee, whose conservative members make up three-fourths of the House GOP conference, calls for bringing domestic agency budgets down to 2006 levels, about a $175 billion cut and $90 billion more than promised by Republicans last fall.
• The House will vote next week on legislation to end the system of financing presidential candidates and national party conventions with federal matching funds, saving an estimated $520 million over a decade.