Shockingly, The House Could Not Override Obama’s Veto Of Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill
After President Barack Obama vetoed a bill that would not only repeal crucial parts of the Affordable Care Act, but stop funding to the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, the U.S. House of Representatives tried to override his decision.
However, despite the fact that the Republican dominated House received a majority of 241 yeas to 186 nays to override Obama’s veto on Tuesday, they failed to get the sufficient two-thirds majority of votes to retain HR 3762.
The bill, which is also known as the Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, passed through Congress last month in a largely party-line vote. It would have caused serious problems for the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
The Christian Post reports that HR 3762 called for the repeal of crucial parts of Obamacare, including the mandate for all Americans to buy healthcare or face fines. The employer mandate, forcing employers to offer their employees health insurance from certain businesses, would also have come under repeal if the bill had not been vetoed.
A major part of the bill would have caused Planned Parenthood, who has recently come under fire accused of selling ab0rted fetuses, to lose around $500 million in federal funding. The taxpayer’s money would then have been diverted to women’s health facilities which do not perform terminations.
“The point of healthcare is to preserve and protect life,” said Rep. Vicky Hartzler, in a weekly Republican address about HR 3762. “That’s why this bill stops taxpayer funding for ab0rtion providers,” added the 55-year-old Republican representative of Missouri’s 4th congressional district.
“This bill places a moratorium on taxpayer funding to ab0rtion providers and redirects that money to community health centers,” Hartzler continued. “These health centers serve eight times more women patients than Planned Parenthood, and they provide much more comprehensive care,” she added.
HR 3762 will “threaten millions of women’s access to care by preventing patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers and repealing essential aspects of the Affordable Care Act,” said Dawn Laguens, vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund in a statement.
President Obama vetoed HR 3762 within a couple days of its passage, but the House Republicans vow to override the veto was met by some with skepticism. Even groups who were in support of the bill’s efforts to de-fund the ab0rtion giant, expressed doubt whether the Republicans could gain the extra votes needed to override Obama’s veto.
“The new vote is unlikely to succeed; the House needs 50 votes more than the 240 its effort got early this month, and the Senate was unable to get 60 votes in its December vote, six fewer than the 67 needed to override a veto,” wrote Dustin Siggins.
The Life Site News blogger continued, “Despite the low likelihood of success, a number of pro-life leaders have attempted to raise attention to the override effort.”
Many Republican hopefuls in the 2016 Presidential elections have pledged that if they won the election, they would also de-fund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act.