On September 13, 2017, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), along with Senators Dean Heller (R-NV), and Ron Johnson (R-WI), introduced a bill to repeal Obamacare.
Here is what we know about the bill (called the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal, or more commonly as the “Graham-Cassidy bill”):
1.) It defunds Planned Parenthood for a year.*
2.) It repeals tax credits that have been used to pay for healthcare plans that cover abortion.
3.) States would receive block grants to implement this health care policy, but those block grants would be subject to Hyde amendment protections that prohibit taxpayer funds from covering abortions.
4.) If this effort fails, Obamacare remains the law of the land.
As you all know, the last effort to repeal abortion-supporting Obamacare was not successful and very disappointing.
Now is the time to act. This is our best bet for taking down abortion-supporting Obamacare and providing protections for the unborn.
Call Sen. Ron Johnson at 202-224-5323 to thank him for being a co-author of this bill.
Call Sen. Tammy Baldwin at 202-224-5653 and urge her to support the Graham-Cassidy bill.
Questions? Email WRTL’s Legislative Director Chelsea Duffy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Because this is a “reconciliation” bill, there is a limit to the length of time the resolution is in effect. So, under this particular bill, Planned Parenthood can only be defunded for one year because of the limits of the reconciliation process. Reconciliation bills are increasingly common for fiscal policies, as congressional leaders wish to avoid future government shutdowns and filibusters from the minority party.