GOP Leaders Divide Party, Undermine Full Obamacare Repeal

Washington – Today, the House passed the so-called Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762). The bill would not restore Americans’ health care freedom because it leaves the main pillars of Obamacare in place, nor would it actually defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham:

“Today’s charade is the perfect summation of everything that is wrong with the Boehner-led House.  Rather than uniting Republicans and the conservative movement by delivering on the party’s promise, the leadership’s use of reconciliation undermines the party’s long-standing position of full repeal. They did so by putting members in an unnecessarily tough position because lawmakers felt they could not be seen as voting against what some described as a pro-life bill. We expect the Senate to do better, and every member that voted in favor of this bill should explain to their constituents how full repeal of Obamacare will become a reality in 2017.” 

The Hill: A promise made to repeal Obamacare with reconciliation (May 2015)
Heritage Action: How to Repeal All of Obamacare with Reconciliation (July 2015)
Heritage: Why Reconciliations Can’t Be Used to Defund Planned Parenthood (September 2015)
IJ Review: GOP Has No Intention Of Ever Defunding Planned Parenthood (September 2015)
The Hill: King v. Burwell helps repeal Obamacare (October 2015)
Heritage Action: FAQ on Reconciliation Bill (H.R. 3762) (October 2015)