Republican-Led House of Representatives Passes Resolution to Defund Obamacare

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 20, 2013   |   11:38AM   |   Washington, DC

The Republican-led House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution today to de-fund the Obamacare health care law that funds abortions and the Planned Parenthood abortion business with taxpayer dollars while keeping the federal government open.

The measure passed on a 230-189 vote. Two Democrats, Matheson (Utah) and McIntyre (N.C.), voted with Republicans for the budget plan while one Republican, Rigell (Va.) voted against it and 14 did not vote.

Heritage Action released the following statement from CEO Michael A. Needham:  “Today’s vote is a victory for the American people, who should not be forced to spend another dime on Obamacare.  Opponents of the law are, and must remain, united in their opposition to funding this unworkable, unaffordable law.  Senate Democrats must now make a decision: will they stand with President Obama to protect Obamacare or will they reject partisan politics to protect their constituents.”

The ball is now in the Senate’s court on how to act — though the Democrat-led Senate will not likely approve a measure to de-fund Obamacare.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) applauded the vote in a statement to LifeNews.

“The American people support defunding ObamaCare and oppose shutting down the government. The House voted today to follow the will of the American people and the Senate should now follow suit,” he said. “Americans are struggling in an uncertain economy and ObamaCare is making their lives harder. Instead of throwing more money at ObamaCare, or threatening to shut down the government, President Obama and his allies in Congress should work with Republicans to stop ObamaCare from ruining people’s lives, incomes, health plans and doctor relationships.”

The Hill has more on the next step:

The ObamaCare language is expected to be stripped from the bill in the Senate, setting up a critical week of negotiations next week. House Republicans have cancelled a planned recess to return to Washington Wednesday, and their leaders have warned the House could be in next weekend.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) bowed to conservatives in deciding to include the healthcare language in the continuing resolution. Republicans in the House had rejected an earlier proposal from their leaders that would have funded the government without defunding ObamaCare.

Republicans opposed to the effort had warned that if the government does shutdown, the healthcare strategy would make it easier for Democrats to blame Republicans if there is a shutdown. Some in both parties see a shudown as the one thing that could lead Democrats to win back a House majority next year.

During an private event for pro-life leaders on the deadly impact of Obamacare, the head of a national pro-life group said Americans will be forced to pay for abortions starting on October 1.

“The anti-life policies of Obamacare intertwined throughout healthcare at the personal, business, state and federal levels make it nearly impossible for an increasingly pro-life American public to avoid paying for life-ending events,” Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest said during the event.

Yoest observed that October 1 marks another significant anti-life impact of the healthcare law.



She said that, on October 1, many Americans will be railroaded into paying directly for abortions with their insurance premiums – sometimes without their knowledge and consent. And the nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, earns even more money as “navigators,” signing people up for insurance. Planned Parenthood has already racked up more than $1 million in taxpayer funds to sign people up for Obamacare.

Yoest said that a major change in the healthcare law is the fact that taxpayer funding will be used to help pay for insurance plans that cover abortions. In other government programs, plans are not permitted to include abortion coverage. Obamacare goes in an entirely different direction, creating a presumption that insurance plans in the new state Exchanges are permitted to cover abortion unless states prohibit it.

“Anyone with e-mail understands what it means when you are signed up – opted in – to a list without your consent. For the first time in U.S. History, Obamacare opts in almost every America to all kinds of abortion-related policies, intertwined at multiple levels. And if you try to opt-out, the answers for many has been NO, and the punishments severe,” Yoest said.