September 14, 2017
After 8 years of promises, Senate GOP leaders continue to scramble to put an end to what President Trump often describes as the "nightmare" of Obamacare. Yesterday, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced a replace bill that gets rid of Obamacare's individual and employer mandates and sends block grants to the states. States would be allowed to use their block grants to create innovative state-specific programs to provide health insurance. President Trump praised the senators "for continuing to work toward a solution to relieve the disastrous Obamacare burden on the American people...I sincerely hope that Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis." The president is right. Obamacare has been a nightmare everywhere you look -- and that is especially true for unborn children, more of whom lose their lives every day that repeal is delayed. FRC endorses the Graham/Cassidy bill because it reapplies to federal health care law the principle contained in the Hyde Amendment that abortion is not health care and should not be subsidized, removes taxpayer funding from certain abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, allows states to opt-out of the coercive HHS contraception mandate, and provides better state-based health insurance solutions for families than Obamacare.
In a stark contrast yesterday, Senate Democrats led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) unveiled a health care plan that would in Blumenthal's words get rid of "restrictions like the Hyde Amendment. Consider the Hyde Amendment history. And all those other restrictions on reproductive rights." You read that right. Senate Democrats, if given the opportunity, would wipe away "all" of the hard fought pro-life advances of the past 44 years -- including the decades old bipartisan Hyde Amendment which, in most cases, prevents taxpayers from being forced to pay for abortions. You may find it hard to believe that a politician is so bold in calling for forced taxpayer funding of abortion, but Blumenthal is just echoing what is in the most extreme pro-abortion party platform in history. But the Democratic Party is way out of step with 61 percent of Americans who are opposed to it.
The party platforms could not be more different. But the actions of GOP and Democratic Senators have led to the same results – Obamacare. If the Senate Republicans fail to act, they will now own Obamacare. A failure to replace Obamacare after years of promising to do so, will necessitate a renaming of the Obamacare law to what it will have become: GOPcare. The time for results is now. Lives depend on it.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.