The Pence plan for health care

Pence and another pair of former aides — White House legislative affairs director Marc Short and special assistant Paul Teller — also provided the push behind Trump’s move to satisfy the religious right by gutting Obamacare’s contraception mandate.

The change, which allows employers to object on moral grounds to covering birth control, stirred controversy even among some Trump administration advisers — but proved Pence’s influence within the White House.

“Everybody knows where Mike stands on these issues,” Streeter said of the vice president’s evangelical and anti-abortion track record. “Whereas I would suspect there would be people in Trump’s White House who would rather tone down on those issues.”

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