By Jennifer Popik, J.D., Federal Legislative Director
The Department of Federal Legislation requests that you urge your members to call their Representative today and urge them to vote for H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017. This should be a TOP priority as the bill is likely to come up for a vote TOMORROW, Thursday March 23rd.
This legislation would eliminate multiple abortion-subsidizing and abortion-expanding provisions of the Obama Health Care law or the PPACA. The PPACA contains multiple provisions authorizing federal subsidies for abortion and abortion-expanding regulatory mandates.
A 2014 GAO report revealed that over 1,000 federally subsidized plans nationwide were covering elective abortion.
H.R. 1628 would repeal the provisions of law that created this system, and prohibit any future federal tax credits from subsidizing the purchase of plans that cover elective abortion, thereby restoring the longstanding principles of the Hyde Amendment with respect to federally funded health coverage.
We are supporting H.R. 1628 because it:
1) prevents credits from being used for plans that pay for abortions
2) eliminates about 85% of federal PP funding for the next year.
3) preserves non-taxed employer provided health plans and
4) postpones the “Cadillac tax” until 2026
Our position applies only to the current House language. If the bill is altered in a way adverse to pro-life interests, our position will be reevaluated.
Click here to view a description of the bill and find your member of Congress.