Friday, January 6, 2017

Ryan announces plan to defund Planned Parenthood

On top of the 20 million people who are at risk for health insurance by the GOP’s repeal without replacement plans, now we learn that they are targeting another 400,000 women by pulling $400 million from Planned Parenthood. Here is some of the story from the AP via tehe Daily Star’s front page this morning: Ryan: GOP to defund Planned Parenthood in Obamacare repeal.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that Republicans would strip federal dollars for Planned Parenthood as part of the GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, prompting an outcry from the century-old organization and Democrats.

Ryan spoke a day after a special House panel issued a report criticizing the organization, which provides birth control, abortions and various women’s health services, for its practices regarding providing tissue from aborted fetuses to researchers. The Wisconsin lawmaker’s comments, while expected, were the first official word that repeal legislation would also renew the congressional assault on the group.

“The Planned Parenthood legislation would be in our (repeal) bill,” Ryan said.

Last year’s Obamacare repeal measure also contained the effort to defund the group, which receives government reimbursements from the Medicaid program for non-abortion health services to low-income women. It also receives reimbursements for contraception services from a different government account.

The defunding measure would take away roughly $400 million in Medicaid money from the group in the year after enactment, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, and would result in roughly 400,000 women losing access to care. One factor is that being enrolled in Medicaid doesn’t guarantee access to a doctor, so women denied Medicaid services from Planned Parenthood may not be able to find replacement care.

“Defunding Planned Parenthood is dangerous to people’s health, it’s unpopular, and it would leave people across the country without care,” said Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards. “They cannot afford to have basic reproductive health care attacked. Planned Parenthood has been here for 100 years and we’re going to be here for 100 more.”

One hopes.

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