Congressional Legislation
American Health Care Act (Obamacare replacement / defund Planned Parenthood)
Bill # H.R.1628

Original Sponsor:
Diane Black (R-TN 6th)

Cosponsor Total:
(last sponsor added 03/20/2017)
About This Legislation:
National Right to Life supports the American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628), sponsored by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tn.) on behalf of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wi.). This legislation would eliminate multiple abortion-subsidizing and abortion-expanding provisions of Public Law 111-148, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or "Obamacare").  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 of subsidies, 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.  In addition, National Right to Life strongly supports a provision of H.R. 1628 that would block, for one year, most federal payments to affiliates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, which perform over one-third of all abortions in the U.S.  In addition, National Right to Life supports provisions of H.R. 1628 that preserve non-taxed employer-provided health plans and postpone the "Cadillac tax" on comprehensive health plans until 2026.  The support of National Right to Life applies to the bill content as of March 22, 2017, and is subject to review if the bill is substantially revised during the legislative process in a manner adverse to pro-life interests.
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