WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives voted this weekend to repeal a tax on medical devices in Obamacare and to delay implementation of the law for one year. The Blackburn Amendment sends a strong message to the Senate: No funding for abortion in health care.
â€œThe House has shown we are listening to the American people who never wanted this law in the first place,â€ said Rep. Marsha Blackburn. â€œHouse Republicans have acted in a responsible manner to provide the American people with what they want â€” a continuing resolution that prevents a government shutdown, controls spending, and protects families and businesses from the harmful effects of Obamacare.â€
In addition to containing funding for abortions, Obamacare also punishes Christian businesses by forcing them to provide possible abortion-inducing drugs in their employee health care plans.
The pro-life amendment would also protect people from the Health and Human Services mandate. The Obama administration required for-profit businesses to comply with the mandate by August 2012. Nonprofits â€” many of which are faith-based â€” have a so-called safe-harbor until Jan. 1.
â€œA recent analysis of Obamacare suggests that â€” through federal tax credits and expanding Medicaid â€” almost one in 10 abortions committed in the United States would be funded by taxpayer dollars if Obamacare is implemented,â€ said Carrie Gordon Earll, senior director of Public Policy for Focus on the Family. â€œAnd the pro-life community is really up in arms about this.â€
Constituents are in favor of delaying the health care law.
â€œItâ€™s too expensive to afford, families canâ€™t keep the insurance plan they like, and itâ€™s killing jobs,â€ the Tennessee lawmaker explained. â€œItâ€™s become painfully clear that Obamacare is not ready for primetime and in fairness to hardworking Americans the entire law must be delayed. Now itâ€™s time for the Senate to act.â€