Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) voted against three bills which assault women's health, prevention efforts, and patients' rights. The bills would eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act.
"Republicans are continuing their assault against healthcare for those who need it most. In the last week, Republicans have introduced and voted on legislation to privatize Medicare, defund Medicaid, repeal the Patient's Bill of Rights, and eliminate prevention measures and women's health services," Rep. Eshoo said. "None of these bills are related to job creation, funding the government, or reducing the deficit--they represent an ideological attack on affordable healthcare access, and women's health."
The House voted on the following bills:
1. H.Con.Res. 35 changes the 2011 budget compromise to block all federal funding of the Affordable Care Act. This includes the Patient's Bill of Rights, which prevents annual or lifetime limits on coverage, rescinding coverage because of illness, and denial of coverage due to pre-existing conditions. H.Con.Res. 35 passed today by a vote of 240-135.
2. H.Con.Res. 36 changes the budget compromise to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funding. 97% of the care Planned Parenthood provides is for prevention, including breast cancer screenings, birth control, and annual exams for women. 3% of funding--and no federal funding, under existing federal law--is used for abortion services. H.Con.Res. 36 passed today by a vote of 241-185.
3. H.R. 1217, eliminating the Prevention and Public Health Fund, a provision in the Affordable Care Act which invests in prevention and public health programs to help restrain growth of healthcare costs. A recent report from Trust for America's Health concluded that an investment of $10 per person per year in basic preventative services could save more than $16 billion annually within 5 years--generating more than five dollars for every dollar spent. H.R. 1217 passed yesterday by a vote of 236-183.