The Washington Post obtained a draft of the Senate health care bill Wednesday afternoon, which was being drafted by Republicans behind closed doors and then passed among lobbyists and aides.
The bill would repeal most of the taxes that pay for Obamacare, roll back expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, reshape its subsidies, give states wider latitude to opt out of its regulations and eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 21, 2017
Planned Parenthood is launching a wave of protests across the country to pressure Republicans to drop a provision from its Obamacare repeal bill that would defund the organization.
The organization says it will hold more than 60 “Pink Out The Night” rallies in major cities across the country on Wednesday night “to call on the Senate to protect access to health care and reject efforts to block patients from care at Planned Parenthood,” according to a press release.
“As the Senate drafts its Trumpcare bill behind closed doors, with no hearings, the public is making its voice heard,” the organization said, slamming senators for meeting behind closed doors to craft the Senate GOP’s version of the ObamaCare repeal bill.
“On Wednesday, rallies will be held in over 20 states from California, to Iowa, Maine, Nevada, Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida, and Illinois,” the statement continues. “Crowds of hundreds are expected in New York and Washington, DC.”
— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) June 21, 2017
“I hope President Trump will be interested in learning about the devastating impact for the nearly 15,000 people who are about to lose their trusted health care provider,” said Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood.
President Trump promised Wednesday that the Republican’s health care bill would have “heart,” after calling the House GOP health care bill “mean.”
“I think and I hope, I can’t guarantee anything, but I hope we’re gonna surprise you with a really good plan,” Trump told the crowd during a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Wednesday.
“I’ve been talking about a plan with heart,” Trump said. “I said, ‘add some money to it!’ A plan with heart.”