Physicians bargaining for abortion coverage
Coburn Amendment
House Roll Call No. 371
106th Congress, 2nd Session

Agreed to: 213-202 (see complete tally)
During consideration of a bill called the Quality Health-Care Coalition Act (HR 1304), the House adopted an NRLC-backed pro-life amendment offered by Congressman Tom Coburn (R-Ok.) dealing with physicians' bargaining rights with respect to health insurance coverage of abortions. H.R. 1304 would allow doctors to bargain collectively with Health Maintenance Organizations and other providers of health insurance (which is currently prohibited by anti-trust laws). The Coburn Amendment provided that doctors would not be allowed to negotiate "specifically relating to
requiring a health plan to cover abortion or abortion services." NRLC supported the Coburn
Amendment, without taking a position on H.R. 1304 itself. The Coburn Amendment was opposed by the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL), which said, "An amendment exempting abortion
from negotiations between providers and managed-care entities would violate
the entire concept of collective bargaining by health professionals . . . If a
doctor cannot perform an abortion, he or she is not fulfilling the mission of
providing complete care for the patient." The Coburn Amendment was adopted, 213-202, roll call 371, June 30, 2000. The House then passed H.R. 1304 as amended, but the bill was not acted on by the Senate.

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 371
Votes For : 213
Votes Against : 202
Voted "Present" : 1
Not Voting : 19

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