Rep. Chu Votes Against Attacks on Healthcare and Planned Parenthood
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3762, a Senate-passed reconciliation bill that repeals much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and prevents federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) voted against the bill and released the following statement:
“Thanks to the ACA, more Americans than ever before have access to quality, affordable health insurance. This is an historic achievement we should build upon as we improve health and opportunity for our constituents, yet Republicans remain obsessed with repealing this landmark law. And so, today, for the 62nd time, Republicans voted to take healthcare away from 22 million Americans.
“As if that weren’t enough, the bill also repeals the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and defunds Planned Parenthood, marking today as the 11th vote to strike out healthcare to help low-income Americans. Since the ACA was passed in 2010, 11.5 million Americans have gained coverage. And for those who still lack coverage, Planned Parenthood fills crucial gaps that just cannot be met by community health centers alone. These services include maternal care, sex education, cancer treatment, and preventative care. But thanks to the Republicans’ dangerous fixation with attacking healthcare, those who benefit from the ACA and Planned Parenthood would be left without options.
“Repealing ACA and attacking Planned Parenthood is wrong for our economy and for the health of our country. It’s time we see these repeals for what they are: attacks on the poor and on women. I am glad the President has said he will veto this bill, but it is time to stop the relentless assault on healthcare in this country.”
The Senate version of the reconciliation bill was passed on December 3 by a vote of 52-47. The amended bill passed the House today by a vote of 240 to 181.