Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, could face major changes if Congress passes a suggested reconciliation bill.
A report by the Washington Report suggests Planned Parenthood could lose millions of dollars in federal funding if the bill goes through.
According to the Washington Post, Ryan made this announcement after an investigative group suggested that Planned Parenthood should lose its access to Medicaid reimbursements and federal family-planning funds.
It’s important to note that, according to IRS documents available to the public online, Cecile Richards, president of the non-profit organization, made over $600k in personal salary; a salary that has increased over the years. Abortions are one of the services that attribute to the organization’s executive salaries.
On top of that, also included in a report by the Washington Post, the investigative report recommended that Congress allow states to remove abortion providers from their own Medicaid programs.
The Washington Post reports Planned Parenthood received $553 million in government funding in 2014, which is about half of the organization’s total revenue. Planned Parenthood and the Democratic Party aren’t taking the news well, saying this will affect their federal funds immensely.
The Washington Post reports Rep. Diana DeGette, the chairwoman of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, spoke out on Thursday.
“We are going to stand against this with every fiber of our beings,” said DeGette.
But this isn’t the first time Planned Parenthood has been challenged by healthcare reform. In 2015, a reconciliation bill that repealed parts of Obamacare also included language defunding Planned Parenthood. The bill was passed by both House and Senate but was vetoed by President Obama.
Ryan said the bill, which includes the defunding measure, could pass as early as next month.
H/T: Washington Post
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