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Defunding Planned Parenthood, Repealing Obamacare: Same Fight, Different Day


If there’s anyone who knows how to stonewall, it’s Democrats. Last January, a Budget Reconciliation Bill that repealed Obamacare and defunded Planned Parenthood passed both the House and Senate, only to be vetoed by President Obama. A year later, the process has started anew under President Trump, and the issue that plagued Obamacare for the last seven years — abortion — is once again front and center.

As Congress discusses a repeal-and-replace bill that will substitute Obamacare for a program that is patient-centered and market-based, pro-life organizations are concerned. The current discussion is to use refundable tax credits to cover the costs. The problem is that unless the replacement tax credit plan doesn’t include language explicitly prohibiting federally subsidized health plans from covering abortion, Americans will continue to be forced into an unwilling partnership with the abortion industry. The challenge is including this prohibition in the reconciliation language. The language may not pass muster in the Senate, leaving the GOP responsible for creating a program that potentially expands abortion further than Obamacare.

For that reason we encourage the House to pass the same language that was in the 2015 reconciliation bill that was passed by the Congress. This will allow ample time to craft a full replacement bill. We urge you to call your senators and representatives today and tell them to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood immediately, ensuring that any replacement plan excludes subsidies or incentives for abortion — which is not healthcare.

Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.


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