Why I voted No on Motion to Concur to S.Amdt. to H.R. 3762
I voted “No” on the Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act.
This bill contains “reconciliation recommendations” from the House Committees on Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Workforce that, if approved, would repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood. I firmly believe that Obamacare was hastily developed, ideologically-driven and has fundamentally failed to fix our broken healthcare system. That is why I have voted more than 60 times to repeal it.
However, the outcome this evening will be no different. The President will veto this bill and it will not become law. It is a political vote that will accomplish nothing. Instead, it is time we start focusing on practical solutions that replace the law with reforms that will bring down costs, improve access to care and improve outcomes.
In addition, I continue to oppose efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and deny millions of Americans the right to see the doctor of their choice. More than 2.7 million women and men rely on Planned Parenthood for basic health care each year. Nearly 2.1 million have received family planning counseling and birth control, which has been proven to reduce abortions. Further, 400,000 women received pap tests, 500,000 received a life-saving breast exam, and 88,000 instances of cancer were detected early and addressed, all in one year.
If we defund Planned Parenthood, there simply is no alternative for many of those 2.7 million people. After Texas eliminated funding for Planned Parenthood, 42,000 women lost access to the healthcare provider of their choice. Most disturbing, the head of the association representing Texas Community Health Centers said they did not have the capacity to absorb those displaced patients. This bill will limit women’s access to health care, leaving many with few or no alternatives.
This bill was approved by a vote of 240-181.