House Republicans released the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on Monday, their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.
Among the many provisions in the law, the bill seems to pull back funding for women’s health group Planned Parenthood.
The bill has a provision that does not allow states to use “direct spending” on “prohibited entities” with federal funds allocated from the AHCA.
Prohibited entities are defined in the bill as any healthcare provider that is an “essential community provider” that is “primarily engaged in family planning services, reproductive health, and related medical care” or “provides for abortions” in any case besides the life of the mother, incest or rape.
In this case, it appears that Planned Parenthood would fall under the category of a “prohibited entity.”
The organisation did not miss the language. Its advocacy arm — the Planned Parenthood Action Fund — tweeted about the “GOP ACA attack” and advocated supporters to “Fight back.”
Republicans have for a long time attempted to defund Planned Parenthood because of its abortion services, but have not yet been successful.
On the other hand, Democrats note that the organisation provides a lot of much-needed women’s health services and the group is already barred from using any government funding for any abortion-related service.
The de-funding is not guaranteed either. The AHCA will likely face opposition not just from Democrats, but also from Republicans who may have issues with how it deals with Medicaid and tax credits for coverage.
The #GOP #ACA attack includes language to block people from care at Planned Parenthood. Fight back→https://t.co/UnNzuHzlTT #IStandWithPP pic.twitter.com/RlbNM6fOQY
— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) March 7, 2017
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