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Bipartisan Measure Introduced To Undo Health Law’s Insurance Tax

In other Capitol Hill news, some GOP lawmakers are upset with a physician group that encourages pediatricians to ask about gun ownership during kids' check-ups.

The Hill: Bipartisan Bill Would Repeal Health Insurance Tax
Reps. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah) reintroduced a bill Friday to repeal the health insurance tax in President Obama's healthcare law. The health insurance tax is set to raise about $100 billion over 10 years to help pay for the coverage expansion in the healthcare law, the bulk of which will likely come from private insurance (Baker, 2/15).

The Hill: Republican Lawmakers Slam Doctors On Questions About Gun Ownership
Republican lawmakers are furious with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for backing questions about gun ownership during kids' check-ups. The practice is common among doctors, who argue it is vital to ensuring children's safety at home. President Obama has vowed to protect doctors' right to ask (Viebeck, 2/16).

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