Planned Parenthood has announced it is sending superhero capes to the more than 50 senators who voted against the GOP’s “skinny repeal” bill on Friday.
In the early hours of Friday morning, the Senate rejected a trimmed-down Republican plan to repeal parts of Obamacare, which was introduced by Senator Mitch McConnell. The 49-to-51 vote was another setback for Republicans in its congressional agenda to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), who recently returned to Washington following his brain tumor diagnosis last week, was the deciding factor of the GOP “skinny repeal” bill, but ultimately decided to join Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins in breaking with their Party and opposing the bill.
The “skinny repeal” bill would have included a plan to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics for one year, as well as repeal aspects of Obamacare’s individual and employer insurance mandates, reports The Hill.
According to a news release posted on its website Thursday, Planned Parenthood is accusing the “skinny repeal” bill of “blocking millions of patients from coming to Planned Parenthood health centers for basic care such as cancer screenings, birth control, and annual exams.”
A statement from Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, reads:
“After weeks of posturing, it turns out that Senate Republican leadership’s so-called ‘skinny repeal’ is really just a plan to block millions of patients from accessing cancer screenings and birth control at Planned Parenthood. Instead of trying to make health care better, all Mitch McConnell is offering the American people is another unpopular and dangerous plan to devastate women’s health and women’s rights. The simple fact is that blocking millions from getting preventive care at Planned Parenthood would result in more undetected cancers and more unintended pregnancies.
“The so-called skinny repeal would have a devastating impact on health care in this country. Beyond blocking people from coming to Planned Parenthood, it would increase premiums by 20% and take away coverage for 16 million people.”
Laguens further noted, “The cruel irony is that Republicans are selling the ‘skinny repeal’ as giving individuals more choice and freedom, while the Planned Parenthood provision would deny women the choice or freedom to go to the provider they trust.”
Here is a glimpse of the capes they plan to send to the opposing senators:
Planned Parenthood sending “superhero capes” to senators who voted to kill repeal pic.twitter.com/cHrIYn8No7
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) July 28, 2017
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee lashed out Friday at the Senators who opposed the bill.
The Senate’s bill, which would have repealed various parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate, and would have defunded Planned Parenthood, failed after three Republican senators, John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine), turned coat and voted against it.
“We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of the aisle, heed the recommendations of [the] nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people,” McCain stated after the vote.
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Huckabee lashes out at senators after failed Obamacare repeal