Bill to Repeal Obamacare, Defund Planned Parenthood Heads to President’s Desk
Washington—Today, Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) voted with the majority of House Republicans to pass the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. Congressman Conaway released the following statement upon passage:
“The House of Representatives has voted over 60 times to repeal Obamacare, but this piece of legislation is the first that has passed the Senate and will be sent to the President’s desk. Senate Democrats have been able to block all votes to defund Obamacare in the Senate up until this point, but thanks to the budget reconciliation tool, they are not able to hold the American people hostage with a filibuster any longer.
“In addition to eliminating the employer and individual healthcare mandates, repealing all Obamacare taxes, and abolishing the Obamacare trust fund, this bill also entirely defunds Planned Parenthood. Last summer, we saw the atrocities taking place at Planned Parenthood clinics across this nation. The investigation into Planned Parenthood’s illegal activities continues, and those responsible will ultimately answer for their actions in a court of law. Now, it is critical that Planned Parenthood does not receive a single cent of taxpayer funds.
“Since Republicans took control of the Senate last year, we promised that we would do everything in our power to reverse the President’s radical agenda that has only inflicted harm upon the people of this nation. Instead of a government run healthcare system, we need to put patients first and empower individuals to make their own healthcare decisions. Instead of reckless spending, our nation needs legislation like this- legislation that reduces our deficit by $516 billion over the next ten years.
“It’s now up to President Obama to sign this legislation and put our country back on the right path. And if he vetoes this bill, we will pass this legislation again, with a President in the White House who will listen to the will of the American people.”