Next week, for the first time, Congress will send the president a bill repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood. That bill is called the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, and you can read it here. Here are three reasons why this bill is so important:
Repeals Obamacare. With each passing day, it becomes more apparent that Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster for hardworking families and our economy. Millions of Americans have already been kicked off plans the president repeatedly promised they could keep, while countless others face the sticker shock of double-digit premium increases. This bill effectively repeals the mandates and taxes at the heart of the law. This will be the first Obamacare repeal bill that Congress sends to President Obama since the law’s enactment in 2010. This, of course, is a critical step in replacing this law with a patient-centered plan as a part of a bold, pro-growth agenda.
Defunds Planned Parenthood. The horrific videos released earlier this year depicting Planned Parenthood affiliates harvesting and selling fetal body parts should offend everyone regardless of political persuasion. The House has already responded by establishing a panel focused on investigating this practice. In the meantime, Americans should not be forced to fund this organization. That’s why Congress will act to defund Planned Parenthood, and shift those resources to community health centers.
Forces President Obama’s Hand. We’ve worked tirelessly to dismantle Obamacare and protect Americans from this law. All told, we’ve forced President Obama to sign at least 10 bills that chip away at parts of Obamacare. The recent year-end funding legislation included no new money for Obamacare and prohibited a taxpayer bailout of Obamacare’s risk corridor program. We also delayed taxes at the heart of the law, “forcing the president to make his biggest concession” since Obamacare went into effect. Still, that’s not enough. So we’re using reconciliation, a budget mechanism that can only be used once every year. It’s an opportunity to avoid a filibuster from Senate Democrats and put conservative priorities directly on the president’s desk.
This is our best shot to stand up for our principles on behalf of the American people. “You can use this bill once a year, and we’re using it for this,” Speaker Ryan said recently on Bill Bennett’s show. In doing so, we’re forcing the president to confront the failures of this law once and for all.
We owe it to the country to take our best shot at repealing Obamacare, and that’s what we will do next week.