Thursday, May 4, 2017

U.S. House Passes Repeal of Obamacare & Defunding of Planned Parenthood

Dr. Bill Smith, Editor, ARRA News Service: Today the House narrowly passed legislation on Thursday to partially repeal and replace Obamacare, giving GOP leadership and the White House a major legislative win after weeks of negotiations with conservative lawmakers who pushed for a tougher bill.

The House voted 217-213 to pass the amended American Health Care Act, after deciding late Wednesday that the votes were there thanks to last-minute changes that appealed to centrists. More at Washington Examiner)

The American Health Care Act is a first step in fixing the current health care law. H.R. 1628 would repeal both the individual and employer mandates prescribed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while ensuring the federal government provides necessary protections and funding for lower-income Americans and providing coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. The House also passed H.R. 2192 to ensure that Members of Congress are not exempt from these changes to our health care system. Now, the legislation advances to the Senate for consideration.

Update: The American Health Care Act (AHCA) as passed by the House will also defund to Planned Parenthood abortion business. It would eliminate more than $390 million (over 86%) of over $450 million in annual federal funding to Planned Parenthood (PPH), from all mandatory spending programs. The measure also redirects funding to community health centers which outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities 20 to 1 and offer a wider array of health care services, but not abortion. AHCA also repeals Obamacare abortion subsidies, adds reforms to give states more flexibility and lower costs, and provides families more options. The bill closes the largest pipeline for federal funding of Planned Parenthood, Medicaid, and it applies as well to the CHIP and the Title V and Title XX block grant programs. Importantly, the bill ensures Obamacare will not fund abortions. [Read More]

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