Heritage Action Threatens Key Vote Against House Reconciliation Bill

Washington – On Friday, the House is scheduled to vote on the so-called Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act.  The bill, characterized as an Obamacare repeal bill, would leave some of the main pillars of law in place, including the Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies.  Heritage Action released the following statement from communications director Dan Holler:

“Once again, House Republican leaders are putting their members in a terrible position.  This bill will not restore Americans’ health care freedom because it leaves the main pillars of the law in place.  GOP leaders are violating an explicit promise made in the budget and walking back on their public commitment to fully repeal Obamacare.  By doing so they are undermining any serious effort to repeal the law in 2017.  Heritage Action will key vote against the reconciliation measure unless it includes full repeal of Obamacare.

“The bill also sets back efforts to block taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood by only partially defunding the organization using a process that lacks the necessary leverage to ensure the president eventually signs the bill into law.”

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)