A GOP health care overhaul bill that would cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood, Medicaid and the Department of Veterans Affairs could be headed for defeat on the Senate floor this week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republicans have warned that a vote to advance a bill that they’ve said could kill Planned Parenthood and Medicaid would be a vote against women and girls.
The legislation, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act, would dramatically expand Medicaid, which covers many women and children in need, while cutting federal spending for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions.
That would leave millions more women without health insurance coverage and Medicaid spending nearly unchanged.
Republicans have been working behind the scenes to craft a bill to advance this bill, but they face a tough decision this week: Support a bill and then lose Senate control over the House.
In order to pass the Better Health Care Reconcilment Act, Senate Republicans would need to secure enough votes to move forward with a measure that would expand Medicaid and cut Medicaid spending.
They have more than a dozen GOP senators who have expressed support for the bill, including Sens.
Mike Lee (Utah) and Susan Collins (Maine), Sens.
Rob Portman (Ohio) and Bill Cassidy (La.) and Sens.
Shelley Moore Capito (W.
Va.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Lisa Murkel (Ala.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.).
But a group of Republicans, led by Sens.
Bill Cassidy, John Barrasso, Mike Lee and John Cornyn, has vowed to stop any attempt to advance the BetterCare Reconciliiation Act, according to the New York Times.
The group of senators has vowed not to support a GOP bill unless it includes Planned Parenthood funding and Medicaid cuts.
In the Senate, Republicans would also need to pass a separate bill to fund Planned Parenthood.
Senate Democrats have said they will not support a bill containing Planned Parenthood cuts and Planned Parenthood funds.
Republicans say they have enough votes in the Senate to move ahead with a bill, however, and are likely to lose their majority on Tuesday.
They are unlikely to pass any legislation without a Planned Parenthood cut and Planned Pregnancy Assistance.
A Planned Parenthood spokesperson told the Times that Planned Parenthood does not plan to make any cuts in health care services in response to the legislation.
Planned Parenthood has estimated that the legislation would save $1.1 billion in Medicaid spending for women and men over the next decade.
But the health care provision in the Better Healthcare Reconciliaison Act would likely save Planned Parenthood $3.5 billion, according a Congressional Budget Office report released in April.
The report estimated that $3 billion of that savings would come from cuts in Medicaid funding, with the remainder from other funding cuts.
According to the CBO, the BetterHealthCare Reconciliption Act would also lead to a 26 percent decrease in the federal deficit over the long term.
Senate Republicans have already indicated that they are willing to work with Democrats on the Better Affordable Care Act.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.S.), the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, said in April that the Better health care bill could be considered as an alternative to the Affordable Care Acts.
Republicans and Democrats have had a difficult time agreeing on how to address the rising number of women who have abortions.
While Planned Parenthood supports expanding Medicaid, the organization opposes cutting federal funding to Planned Parenthood specifically.
“We’re going to continue to work in a bipartisan way to ensure that every American is able to get the care they need to be healthy and healthy and happy,” Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards told reporters in May.
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund, a group that works to elect more women to Congress, issued a statement Monday that said, “The legislation would dramatically increase federal funding and defund Planned Parenthood’s essential health care.
This legislation would also force women who want to end a pregnancy to seek an abortion, effectively denying women access to the care that they need.
We are opposed to the bill and will continue to fight to defeat it.”