The CNN reported that “in a major victory for President Donald Trump”, the House voted to dismantle Obamacare and pass the Republican healthcare bill (AHCA). It heads for the Senate where it faces the same battle it faced in the House between liberal Republicans and Conservatives.
The Senate needs 60 votes unless they go to reconciliation. They won’t get 60 votes and they don’t even have all Republicans on board. The House leaders did, however. work with Senate leaders on this bill.
After a dramatic week of negotiations, lobbying from Trump and Republican leaders, the vote ended with 217 GOP lawmakers backing the measure. Twenty Republicans opposed it, as did all House Democrats.
The AHCA also gives insurance companies the freedom to cover or not cover so-called essential benefits like maternity care.
For one year, it eliminates more than $390 million out of $450 million in annual federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
Since that provision is in compliance with strict Senate rules, it likely can’t be thrown out on a technicality.
The revised bill is supported by The Family Research Council, National Right to Life, and the Catholic Medical Association support the revised bill as long as the Planned Parenthood provision remains.
“AHCA repeals the Obamacare premium tax credits, which subsidize abortion on demand,” said Perkins. “AHCA would also eliminate the Obamacare employer and individual mandate penalties, thereby allowing employers or individuals to forgo offering or purchasing coverage if doing so violates their conscience.”
Whatever one’s views of abortion, why should Americans be forced to pay for a private facility? Should people who believe it violates their core beliefs be made to pay for abortions? Even though PP claims the money goes to a different fund, we all know it enables their position as the country’s largest abortion provider.
The following are the 20 Republican Nays.
Twenty Republicans voted against the bill. Here they are: pic.twitter.com/ZAa8xqmefI
— Matt Viser (@mviser) May 4, 2017