OVERNIGHT HEALTHCARE: Obama touts health benefits of climate rule

President Obama touted the administration's new carbon pollution standards for existing power plants on a call with health groups Monday.

During the call hosted by the American Lung Association, Obama said that climate policies are crucial to ensure that "future generations are able to enjoy this beautiful blue ball in the middle of space that we're a part of."

The administration is justifying the new rules to reduce power plant carbon emissions by pointing to the growing number of asthma attacks in children and families.

"Rising temperatures bring more smog, more asthma, and longer allergy seasons. If your kid doesn’t use an inhaler, consider yourself a lucky parent, because 1 in 10 children in the U.S. suffers from asthma," said Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthyRegina (Gina) McCarthyOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Obama EPA chief: Trump regulation rollbacks won't hold up legally MORE.

"Carbon pollution from power plants comes packaged with other dangerous pollutants like particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide, putting our families at even more risk," she added.

The message has resounded with a leading group of pediatricians who say the new climate regulations are a dramatic step forward in protecting children's lives and health.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) came out strongly in favor of the power plant rules with a level of candor unusual for medical provider groups.

"As climate change accelerates, children will continue to suffer disproportionately," AAP President James M. Perrin said in a statement.

"In fact, according to the World Health Organization, more than 80 percent of the current health burden due to the changing climate occurs in children younger than five years old.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is reopening its playbook in a new attack that accuses Republicans of voting to keep taxpayer-funded lifetime healthcare for themselves.

Born in the summer of 2012, the attack suggests that Republican opponents of ObamaCare are seeking to recapture a set of generous congressional healthcare benefits that were lost under the law.

The charge takes center stage in a new online ad campaign that also blames the GOP for last year's government shutdown. The effort is targeting 11 House Republicans.

Calling the attack false, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) pointed to language in the House GOP budget that bars retired members from receiving free healthcare for life.

GOP PUSHES ABORTION BILL: House Republicans are calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidWATCH: There is no Trump-Russia collusion and the media should stop pushing this The demise of debate in Congress ‘North by Northwest,’ the Carter Page remake MORE (D-Nev.) to hold a vote on legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks.

More than 100 House members urged Reid to bring up the bill from Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCongress punts fight over Dreamers to March Pence tours Rio Grande between US and Mexico GOP looks for Plan B after failure of immigration measures MORE (R-S.C.) in a letter Monday.

Graham is facing a primary election next week and has touted his anti-abortion measure as a way to distinguish himself from six challengers.

INDIVIDUAL INSURANCE PLANS GROW: The number of people who bought health insurance on their own outside of the ObamaCare exchanges surged at the beginning of the year, according to a new report.

The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates between 3 million and 3.5 million new people signed up for health insurance either through insurance companies or brokers in March.

It estimates a total of 15 million people now have individual insurance through the private market.


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