Leader McConnell has announced that next week, the Senate will vote on the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act, the same 2015 Obamacare repeal bill that Congress successfully passed and put on former President Obama’s desk, who vetoed it! Now, we finally have a president in Donald Trump who will sign this legislation!
Like the 2015 bill, the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act would repeal several key pillars of Obamacare and eliminate for one year more than $390 million (over 86 percent) of over $450 million in annual federal funding to Planned Parenthood. The bill would also repeal Obamacare’s premium tax credits that currently provide over $8.7 billion in annual subsidies for nearly 1,000 health care plans that cover elective abortion. This violates the principles of the Hyde Amendment, which restricts federal subsidies for elective abortion services or coverage. Most of the bill’s repeal provisions would take effect in 2020, after a two-year delay. Congress then will have time to work on a separate replace bill.
In order for the Senate to get to the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act, at least 50 Senators must first support a procedural vote to overcome Senate Democrats’ opposition to even considering the bill. All but one Republican senator holding office today previously voted for the same repeal bill in 2015. We cannot let Senate Republicans betray the American people by going back their promise to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood.
Please call your two U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121 to urge them to support the “motion to proceed” to the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act (H.R. 1628), which would repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood, just as they successfully did in 2015. After you’ve called, you can also email them by following this link.
Thank you for your efforts in defense of life and the family!
Standing (Eph. 6:13), Tony Perkins President
On Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office issued a report that estimated the effects of the Senate bill that Perkins writes about, which would repeal most of Obamacare without immediately replacing it with a new health-care law. would increase the number of people without health insurance by 32 million people above the number that would be uninsured if the current law remained in place.
The repeal bill also would double insurance premiums in the individual plan market and leave up to three-quarters of the United States without an insurer selling such plans by 2026.