The American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628), sponsored by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tn.) and backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wi.), was supported by National Right to Life in the form that it passed the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017, on the roll call shown here. H.R. 1628 is a special "budget reconciliation" bill that would repeal and replace major portions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). The Obamacare law provided tax subsidies for over 1,000 health plans that cover elective abortion; H.R. 1628 would prohibit such subsidies, thereby restoring the longstanding principles of the Hyde Amendment with respect to federally funded health coverage. Another key provision of H.R. 1628 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. Other provisions of H.R. 1628 preserve non-taxed employer-provided health plans and postpone the "Cadillac tax" on comprehensive health plans until 2026; these are important protections for access to life-saving health care. To view NRLC's letter to House members in support of the bill, click here
. H.R. 1628 passed the House by a vote of 217 to 213, after which the bill was sent to the U.S. Senate for further consideration. The bill received affirmative votes from 217 Republicans; it was opposed by 20 Republicans and 193 Democrats. May 4, 2017, House roll call no. 256.