Payne, Jr. Denounces House GOP’s Attacks on Health Care of Women & Working Families

Feb 2, 2016 Issues: Health Care

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Republicans voted for the 63rd time to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, and for the 12th time to attack women’s health care in the 114th Congress alone. Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) voted against this latest Republican effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood, and called on Republicans to drop their repeated attempts to take away health care from women and hard-working Americans.

“The health of millions of Americans is under assault,” said Congressman Payne, Jr. “Continued efforts by Republicans to defund Planned Parenthood and dismantle the Affordable Care Act are a direct threat to Americans’ right to quality, affordable health care. Republicans need to stop this unnecessary and radical attack on women and hard-working families, and instead focus on issues that will move our country forward.”

Today, House Republicans failed in their attempt to override the President’s veto of their radical reconciliation bill (H.R.3762), which:

  • Defunds Planned Parenthood, leaving millions of American women without key preventive health services – including life-saving cancer screenings, well-woman exams, birth control and advice on family planning; and
  • Destroys the Affordable Care Act, dismantling the newfound health and economic security of millions of working families. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the Republican Reconciliation bill would have taken away health insurance from 22 million Americans after 2017.

On January 29, Congressman Payne, Jr. and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey hosted a press conference in Newark, New Jersey to discuss the impact of defunding Planned Parenthood on women’s health in New Jersey.