WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, after the likely failure of the latest version of the Senate Healthcare Bill, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that the Senate would instead vote to initially repeal the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, using language from the successful 2015 repeal bill, which passed in December 2014 by a vote of 52 – 47. The bill would redirect most funding from Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, and mandatory taxpayer-funded programs such as Medicaid to community health centers which outnumber Planned Parenthood clinics 20 to 1. It would also repeal key provisions of Obamacare, which encourages subsidies for abortion coverage and undermines conscience protections.
Tom McClusky, President of March for Life Action, released the following statement:
“Senator McConnell is right to ask the Senate to repeal Obamacare using the same successful language from 2015. This will allow necessary time to work on a replacement plan that delivers on the failed promises of the Affordable Care Act by eliminating burdensome regulations, lowering costs and improving choice.
Most importantly, if enacted this repeal bill will remove the most egregious abortion-related aspects of Obamacare and redirect funding away from our nation’s largest abortion provider. Abortion is not healthcare, and the majority of Americans do not support taxpayer funding for abortion. We have worked from that principle every step of the way in this healthcare debate.
When Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the 2017 March for Life he promised that, ‘This administration will work with Congress to end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers.’ The White House has signaled that they will remain steadfast on this promise, but it’s up to Congress to act.
With the understanding that the Motion to Proceed is the only possible way to get to a vote on the 2015 repeal language March for Life Action will score the vote on the Motion to Proceed as well as any amendments to remove language eliminating funding to abortion entities.”
NOTE: For the decade that Marist has been polling trends in abortion views, an overwhelming majority of Americans consistently opposes taxpayer funding of abortion. From this year’s Annual Marist poll:
Taxpayer funding for abortion is opposed by 62 percent of Americans. This includes 65 percent of African Americans, 61 percent of Latinos, and 45 percent of those who say they are pro-choice, as well as 84 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of Independents and 44 percent of Democrats.