March 21, 2017

Abortion is not HealthCare: the new Republican Health Care Plan

Pro-life House Speaker Paul Ryan Introduces American Health Care Act
Paul Ryan Introduces American Health Care Act
The Republican-led House of Representatives has unveiled the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The AHCA would undo the numerous abortion-expanding provisions that became law in March, 2010, as part of the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148), known as Obamacare.

The House leadership, along with those who have contributed to the draft under consideration in the House of Representatives, has included multiple provisions to prevent government dollars from paying for elective abortions.

This is crucial. By conservative estimates, more than two million Americans were born and are with us today, who would have been aborted, if the Hyde Amendment had not been in place. The pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute has termed this a “tragic result,” but NRLC regards it a major pro-life success story. The Hyde Amendment is the most successful domestic “abortion reduction” policy ever enacted by Congress.

In short, restrictions on the government funding of abortion save lives! Unfortunately, the Hyde amendment (which applies to Medicaid) does not apply to the AHCA, as it did not apply to Obamacare. However, the newly unveiled AHCA places numerous crucial Hyde-like restrictions on new government health care spending.

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