If Trump & Paul Ryan Had Their Way, I Wouldn’t Be a Mother Today
Last week, by the slim margin of 217 to 213, Republicans in the House of Representatives passed a bill that repealed the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The vote effectively gutted the ACA in order to make way for the GOP health care replacement, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), also nicknamed Trumpcare. While the GOP healthcare bill still has to pass the Senate in order to be put into play, the threat Trumpcare poses on Planned Parenthood funding is already very real.
If passed by the Senate and then signed by the president, the AHCA would block federal funding from Planned Parenthood by ensuring that Medicaid patients would not be reimbursed for Planned Parenthood visits. A stipulation in the legislation forbids federal funding to health care providers that offer abortion services — even if the service that the patient is seeking coverage for is not an abortion (thanks to the Hyde Amendment, no federal funds have been used to pay for abortions, unless in cases of rape, incest, or endangerment to the mother’s life).