Chaplain Klingenschmitt’s Newsletter Feb. 28, 2017
Trump speech to Repeal Obamacare, Defund Planned Parenthood
Tonight President Trump will give a speech outlining the repeal and replacement of “Obamacare” the failed system that caused millions of canceled policies.
Part of that repeal involves banning federal tax-payer funding of Planned Parenthood:
“In 2019, the essential health benefits requirement that made certain treatments and preventative care covered in full would be sunset,” reports Yahoo Finance.
“One of the most politically explosive pieces in the draft of legislation, which is currently unnamed, isdefunding Planned Parenthood, a move that some Republicans see as too dangerous. According to the draft, no federal funds could go to a ‘prohibited entity.’ The bill includes abortion provider in its definition of ‘prohibited entity.’ ”
That includes any abortion provider except in cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother.
“The Senate voted mostly along party lines Wednesday to take the first official step toward repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health care law,” reports CNN.
“The 51-48 vote was a procedural motion to start debate on a budget resolution that Republicans hope will result in overhauling the Affordable Care Act, and came after President Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Mike Pence visited Capitol Hill to rally their respective parties.
“GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky was the only senator to break with his party; he joined Democrats in opposing the motion. A Paul spokesman said he did not support the bill because it doesn’t balance the underlying budget…
“The Senate will now begin 50 hours of debate on the budget measure, which sets up repeal of much of Obamacare through a separate budget reconciliation bill.
“Debate on this budget resolution is expected to carry into next week, after which there will be a ‘vote-a-rama,’ when an open-ended number of amendments to the budget resolution will gets votes, creating an opportunity for Democrats to further slow down the process.
“The budget resolution is the first in a two-part process to repeal Obamacare. It instructs relevant congressional committees to craft a budget reconciliation bill, which will include language repealing major parts of the law.
“Congressional sources say the process of crafting the reconciliation bill could take weeks, and a vote on that bill may not take place until February or later.”