RE: In support of motion to proceed to H.R. 1628 on Obamacare repeal
Majority Leader McConnell has indicated that on Tuesday, July 25, the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed to the House-passed American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628) The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the nationwide federation of state right-to-life organizations, urges you to vote yes on this motion. We intend to include the roll call in our scorecard of key right-to-life roll calls of the 115th Congress.
NRLC vigorously opposed enactment of the Obamacare law in 2009-2010, because of its multiple provisions authorizing federal subsidies for abortion insurance, multiple provisions allowing abortion-expansive federal mandates. According to a report issued by the Government Accountability Office in September 2014, approximately 1,000 federally subsidized health plans nationwide currently cover elective abortion.
Additionally, NRLC opposed the multiple provisions that will result in involuntary denial of life-saving medical treatment by placing unacceptable limits on the right of vulnerable Americans to use their own money, if they choose, to obtain both health care and health insurance less likely to deny needed health care.
In both of these areas, NRLC’s objections have been presented to Congress in great detail over the past seven years. For more details about the abortion-expanding provisions of Obamacare please see NRLC’s 2011 testimony in support of the Protect Life Act.
Abortion is not healthcare. The Senate has the chance to protect life by moving away from multiple destructive abortion provisions of Obamacare. If the motion to proceed fails, Obamacare remains, along with its abortion-expanding provisions.
NRLC urges you to vote in favor of the motion to proceed to H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017, and intends to include the roll call in our scorecard of key right-to-life roll calls of the 115th Congress.
David N. O’Steen, Ph.D.
Jennifer Popik, J.D.