Planned Parenthood & Other Women's Health Groups React To Senate Obamacare Vote
Planned Parenthood and other major women's health organizations have responded to the Senate's vote on the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). The Republican-majority Senate, with a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence, voted to open discussions on repealing Obamacare. They will now debate the concept.
The repeal of Obamacare is something that the GOP has been trying to do for years. A health care bill passed in the House in May, but it is stumbling in the Senate. That bill was very unpopular as the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated it would leave more than 23 million people without insurance by 2026.
The Senate introduced a new version of a health care bill, but it is also with issues. A replacement bill is being referred to in general as Trumpcare. Now, after fumbling on making a new health care bill themselves, senators will discuss possible plans for just getting rid of Obamacare and what a replacement would look like.
The CBO estimates that 17 million people would lose insurance by 2018 should Congress repeal Obamacare without a replacement. A shocking 32 million people would lose insurance by 2026.
Women's health advocates are worried about the potential effects for women. The Republicans' replacement bills include language that would defund Planned Parenthood while potentially taking away Obamacare protections on access to birth control.
Planned Parenthood is not impressed with the Senate vote.
Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement,
As Planned Parenthood has been saying, Laguens reiterated that Trumpcare would be "the worst bill for women in a generation."
NARAL Pro-Choice America was similarly disturbed.
President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement,
The Center for Reproductive Rights called a plan to repeal Obamacare a "disaster."
President and CEO Nancy Northup said in a statement,
The National Institute for Reproductive Health said this move shows "Women's health and reproductive rights are in extreme danger at the federal level."
President Andrea Miller said in a statement,
Physicians for Reproductive Health and the Women's March also expressed disappointment and frustration.
Dr. Willie Parker, Board Chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health, said in a statement,
And the Women's March called the vote "shameful" in a statement, adding,