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Congress passes Obamacare repeal; redirects Planned Parenthood funding

The Highland County Press

Washington, January 7, 2016 Contact: Meghan Waters (202-225-3164)
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to advance legislation to the President’s desk Wednesday evening that repeals Obamacare, a first since the president’s health care bill was signed into law six years ago, according to a news release from Rep. Brad Wenstrup's office.

Already passed by the U.S. Senate, the reconciliation bill reduces the deficit by $500 billion by repealing Obamacare, and also redirects taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood towards Community Health Center Programs which do not provide abortions.

Second District Congressman Wenstrup, R-Cincinnati, says his vote for this legislation is a culmination of House efforts to protect Americans from a broken health care law.

“We’re now going to see what President Obama’s priorities are: protecting patients and the unborn, or protecting his legacy project at their expense. The American people are clear in their frustrations with rising health care costs and fewer options for coverage in the age of Obamacare, and Congress is working to lift that burden.

“Just as importantly, we redirect taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood to other, more numerous and readily available health care providers that serve patients across the country.”

Wenstrup pointed to the reconciliation bill as the latest victory against Obamacare, building on other recently enacted legislation that prevents two major tax increases and blocks a government bailout of health insurers that was created under the president’s health care law.

Despite the president’s expected veto of the reconciliation bill, Wenstrup said these efforts are not over and will continue.

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