President Trump promised it. Democrats warned about it. Today, it happened. Mitch McConnell and the Republicans in the Senate delivered a health care bill that not only repeals and replaces Obamacare, it totally defunds Planned Parenthood.
Somewhere, Wendy Davis is crying in her pink sneakers.
For years, Planned Parenthood has made millions in abortion services, and collected millions more in government grants and funding for providing “health services.” In truth, Planned Parenthood rarely provides any health services outside of abortion. They only provide referrals to health providers for things like mammograms. In essence, government funding of Planned Parenthood may not have been used directly for abortions, but it funded an organizational apparatus that made their abortion business more profitable.
All of that is about to change.
Jack Crowe of The Daily Caller reports on the bill, which defunds Planned Parenthood for one year, with the likelihood that will continue in subsequent years.
The bill, which has drawn criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for the secretive way in which it was drafted, will prohibit federal funding of any organizations that provide abortions except in instances of incest or rape or those in which the mother’s life is threatened.
The legislation keeps Obamacare subsidies until 2020 rather than adopting the tax credits implemented in the House passed health care bill since limiting those tax credits to exclude abortion providers may have violated Senate budget rules.
Today, Rand Paul and several more Republicans have announced they will vote against the bill in its current form.
Here is a tweet showing the exact defunding language in the bill.
Planned Parenthood defunding language in the Senate’s AHCA draft pic.twitter.com/9RRLgyAzYI
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) June 22, 2017
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