US Senate again fails to defund Planned Parenthood, repeal Obamacare

US Senate again fails to defund Planned Parenthood, repeal Obamacare

Claire Chretien

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Senate voted 51 to 49 to reject a “skinny” repeal of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood in the early hours of the morning on July 28.

The “skinny” repeal of Obamacare would have effectively ended individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance. It also would have defunded Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider.

Rep. John McCain, R-AZ, cast the deciding “no” vote. Two other Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, also voted “no.” Murkowski and Collins have previously expressed support for Planned Parenthood.

Technically, most federal funds aren’t allowed to go directly to abortions. But pro-life advocates note that money is fungible. Giving Planned Parenthood money that doesn’t specifically fund abortions still helps the abortion-centered organization, allowing it to spend taxpayer money on other things that strengthen its business model.

Planned Parenthood receives nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer funds. It commits more than 300,000 abortions annually and has faced Congressional investigation for selling baby body parts for profit. The company does zero mammograms and less than two percent of the country’s cancer screenings.

Republican senators have spent a significant part of their summer battling over repealing and possibly replacing Obamacare, with moderates trying to keep some of aspects of the program and conservatives trying to gut it.

McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, flew back to Washington, D.C. to vote to allow debate on repealing Obamacare to begin. He then voted against defunding Planned Parenthood and axing Obamacare on July 26.

“Within days he went from Obamacare repeal’s savior to its executioner,” Politico wrote of McCain. There were gasps in the Senate chamber as McCain voted “no.”

President Trump tweeted that Obamacare will “implode”:

3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!

The President of Planned Parenthood declared victory and tweeted her appreciation of Murkowski and Collins:

Women won tonight! @SenatorCollins & @lisamurkowski plus thousands around country, and democratic women Senators! I am woman hear me roar!

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7 comments on “US Senate again fails to defund Planned Parenthood, repeal Obamacare

  1. Trump: Senate ‘let the American people down’ by not defunding Planned Parenthood, axing Obamacare

    Claire Chretien and Fr. Mark Hodges

    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – President Trump rebuked the three Republicans and 48 Democrats who “let the American people down” by ruining what was likely the U.S. Senate’s last chance at defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing Obamacare this year.

    Early Friday morning, Rep. John McCain, R-AZ, cast the deciding “no” vote on a bill repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood. He joined Rep. Susan Collins, R-ME, and Rep. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, in siding with the Democrats.

    * * *

    McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, flew back to Washington to vote to allow debate on a repeal of President Obama’s signature legislation. Along with Murkowski and Collins, he then voted against defunding Planned Parenthood and axing Obamacare on July 26.

    The night before that vote, Trump told a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, “Any senator who votes against repeal and replace tells America that they are fine with the Obamacare nightmare, and I predict they’ll have a lot of problems.”

    His comments were met with thunderous applause from over 15,000 attendees.

    After the first crushing blow to Republican attempts to undo Obamacare on July 26, Trump publicly called out Murkowski in a tweet:

    The crowd in Ohio was amazing last night – broke all records. We all had a great time in a great State. Will be back soon!

    Senator @lisamurkowski of the Great State of Alaska really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad!

    Apparently Trump’s tweet – and criticism from the chairman of the Alaska Republican party – didn’t change Murkowski’s mind.

    “When the vote is whether or not to keep moving forward on a repeal, you just must vote yes,” Alaska Republican chairman Tuckerman Babcock said after Murkowski’s first betrayal. “That’s the commitment and the promise that was made, and that’s what the American people have every right to expect from Republicans.”

    Abortion giant Planned Parenthood was ecstatic over the failed vote.

    “The Trumpcare nightmare may finally be over,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards wrote in a victorious email to supporters this morning. She gloated that “the Senate’s last ditch effort to repeal health care” and defund her abortion business failed.

    “Unless Congress makes some unprecedented, truly extreme moves in the next few days, Trumpcare is dead,” she wrote. “The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land…I’ll spend today reflecting and celebrating.”

    Pro-life advocates called the failed vote a “blow” to making America pro-life.

    “There is no other way to put it: This is a painfully disappointing blow to our efforts to enact pro-life health care reform that defunds Planned Parenthood,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of Susan B. Anthony List, in an email to supporters.

    Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America, called the failed vote a “slap in the face.”

    “Last night’s vote is a slap in the face to the millions of pro-lifers who worked hard to elect a pro-life majority in the U.S. Senate,” she said.

    “The Pro-Life Generation will continue our fight to end tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood and will continue to support redirecting the money to Federally Qualified Health Centers, with or without the Republican Party’s support. Every citizen deserves better than Obamacare and Planned Parenthood,” she added.

    The House will go home for August recess on Saturday. The Senate will be in session for two more weeks.

    The American Conservative Union sent out an email blasting the “sellouts [who] sided with liberals in the Senate to force this failed healthcare system on all Americans.”

    SBA List called the Republican failure a “set-back in the middle of a succession of tremendous gains.”

    “Moving forward, on the political front, we must recruit and elect courageous Senators in 2018 who are fully committed to our priorities and will keep their word,” Dannenfelser said.

    “While we currently have a Republican majority in the Senate, we need a bigger, bolder, more courageous pro-life majority,” she added.

  2. [From USCCCP HQ]

    The Party Chairman for Domestic Justice and Human Development Responds to Defeat of GOP “Skinny Repeal” Bill; Presses for New Health-Care “Reform”

    Catholic World News – July 28, 2017

    The chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development said that “the task of reforming the healthcare system still remains” after the defeat of a bid to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

    BIshop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, who had spoken out earlier this week in opposition to a Republican plan tor repeal Obamacare, said that new legislation is needed. “The current healthcare system is not financially sustainable, lacks full Hyde protections and conscience rights, and is inaccessible to many immigrants,” he said.

    Bishop Dewane said that acceptable legislation would protect Medicare benefits, provide adequate coverage for the poor and immigrants, address the crisis in insurance markets, and protect conscience rights.

    “The greatness of our country is not measured by the well-being of the powerful but how we have cared for the ‘least of these,’“ the bishop said, challenging Congress to pass new legislation.

    Reference: U.S. Bishops Chairman Responds to Defeat of GOP “Skinny Repeal” Bill (USCCB)

  3. McCain is a godless, treasonist SOB.

    • [A confederate in the culture of death and perversion]

      From LifeSiteNews:

      Why John McCain voted to save Planned Parenthood and Obamacare

      Doug Mainwaring

      WASHINGTON, DC, July 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – In a late night session which lasted until past 2:00AM this morning, the Republican-dominated United States Senate voted against repealing Obamacare.

      In a surprise move, Senator John McCain of Arizona joined two other Republicans – Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine – casting the vote which brought repeal efforts to a screeching halt.

      The so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare would not have fully repealed the law, but it would have effectively ended Obamacare’s most unpopular components, including the burdensome individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance, as well as the medical device tax.

      Most significantly, the “skinny repeal” would have defunded Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider.

      In the end, the final tally was 51-49 against the “skinny repeal” bill. Had Senator McCain voted for the bill, the vote would have been 50-50, and Vice President Mike Pence who was present in the chamber would have cast the final vote breaking the tie, 51-50.

      While Murkowski’s and Collins’ ‘no’ vote came as no surprise, McCain’s was a middle of the night shocker, eliciting an eruption of applause and cheers by Democrat colleagues, quickly squelched by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, presumably in the name of propriety.

      The impact of voting ‘no’

      Republicans in Congress, including Senator McCain, have been promising for seven years to do everything within their power to repeal Obamacare. For seven years they have also voted time after time to repeal the odious law, knowing that the bill would be dead on arrival on President Obama’s White House desk.

      Michael Needham, CEO of Heritage Action for America, said, “Long before tonight, the Senate demonstrated a complete and utter inability to govern. Repealing and, ultimately, replacing Obamacare will require moderate Republicans to come to the table and follow through on their repeated campaign promises.”

      He continued, “At this very moment, Americans are stuck with a failing health care law. Networks continue to narrow. Premiums continue to rise. And choice continues to decline. Obamacare is becoming a zombie law, and throwing more taxpayer money at Zombiecare is unacceptable.”

      Needham concluded, “The only way to force Senators back to the table is to block efforts to prop up Obamacare. After seven years of promises, Republicans cannot simply retreat to embracing the status quo.”

      So why did Senator McCain do it?

      To explain himself, Senator McCain issued a formal statement to the press shortly after he cast the deciding vote. “While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system.”

      The Senator also said that even though House Speaker Ryan had promised to take the bill to conference once it was passed back to the lower chamber, he worried that there was a chance it might be passed “as is.”

      Most intriguingly, McCain said, “We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”

      The last portion of the Arizona senator’s statement is very much in sync with the impassioned plea of his close friend and colleague, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer. Schumer said shortly before the vote was taken, “There’s a lot of anger on the other side at the ACA [i.e., the Affordable Care Act]. I understand that, but you’re repeating what you claim are the same mistakes. And just as maybe Obamacare could have been made better were it a bipartisan proposal, this one certainly would have been made better.”

      “I would plead once more with my colleagues, let’s start over,” Schumer added. “We are the first to admit that the present law needs some changes. We are the first to want—maybe having learned our own lesson—that it should be done in a bipartisan and sharing way.”

      The old guard in the Senate placed process over policy.

      A vindictive motive behind McCain’s ‘no’ vote?

      The U.K. Guardian is suggesting that perhaps McCain’s pivotal ‘no’ vote was meant to deliver “a black eye to President Trump, who infamously mocked him as ‘not a war hero’ during the 2016 campaign,” denying the President an important win for his administration.

      Candidate Trump famously said of McCain in 2015, “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” McCain is a decorated navy veteran who was tortured by the Viet Cong during five and a half years of captivity during the Vietnam war.

      The success of the ‘skinny bill’ would have diverted attention from what is being called a White House mired in disarray.

      McCain’s vote, which gave rise to so much glee from Senate Democrats, torpedoed President Trump’s campaign promise to repeal Obamacare, depriving the president of a much-wanted major legislative victory.

      Transgenders in the military: John McCain has surrendered to LGBT extremists

      Peter LaBarbera

      WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – There’s a sardonic line that experienced, often jaded conservatives use to describe formerly principled Republicans who cast aside key tenets of their party’s platform to embrace liberal positions, to the delight of liberal media types and Democrats everywhere.

      “Wow, look how [fill name in here] has grown,” goes the line, which sadly has been uttered many times by veteran politicos on the Right in recent decades to describe GOP sellouts who abandon their campaign positions to suck up to reporters and the Beltway’s dominant liberals.

      So let me just say, on LGBTQ issues: Wow, look how Senator John McCain has grown.

      McCain, the six-term Arizona Republican and former presidential candidate, recently diagnosed with brain cancer, is upset by the odd way President Trump announced his new policy prohibiting “transgender” military service. McCain’s “process” criticism of Trump is not totally unwarranted, nor was it big news.

      What is newsworthy, at least to those who support the conservative GOP platform, is that Sen. McCain is now avidly defending the supposed “right” of severely gender-confused (“transgender”) people to serve in the U.S. Military. Strangely, this is the same McCain who once led the opposition to Obama’s crusade to “homosexualize” the military, as seen in this 2010 Senate floor speech.

      Obama and the Democrats won on “gays in the military” and, until Trump came along, they were well on their way to winning on gender confusion. Congress voted in 2011 to end ill-conceived “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” compromise policy, thus enabling open homosexuals to serve in the military. As a result, today’s Pentagon, even under Trump, celebrates “LGBT pride” and dishes out politically correct pablum to indoctrinate our troops in “gay” groupthink.

      On Wednesday, after Trump shocked Washington by tweeting out his new “transgender”-free military policy via Twitter, McCain issued a statement blasting the president, which included this passage:

      Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving. There is no reason to force service members who are able to fight, train, and deploy to leave the military—regardless of their gender identity. We should all be guided by the principle that any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so—and should be treated as the patriots they are.

      The old McCain makes sense

      That is a far cry from Sen. McCain’s impassioned 2010 speech on the Senate floor against open homosexuality in the Armed Forces. Here are a few excerpts:

      This debate is not about the broader social issues that are being discussed in our society, but what is in the best interest of our national security and our military during a time of war….

      Distractions cost Marines’ lives….Marines come back after serving in combat and they say, ‘Look, anything that’s going to…potentially break that focus and cause any kind of distraction may have an effect on cohesion.’ I don’t want to permit that opportunity to happen….

      I’ve heard from thousands of active-duty and retired military personnel… and they’re saying, ‘Senator McCain, it isn’t broke, and don’t fix it.’

      I hope that when we pass this legislation [allowing open homosexuals in the military] that we will understand that we are doing great damage and we could possibly, and probably–as the Commandant of the Marine Corps has said, and [as] I’ve been told by literally thousands of members of the military–harm the battle effectiveness which is so vital to the survival of our young men and women in the military.

      The old John McCain makes a lot of sense and we should apply his wise warning to the current liberal obsession over “transgender” service in the military, despite (as McCain put it then) “all this talk about how it’s a civil rights issue and equality.”

      More biased studies?

      Fast forward to McCain’s current, politically correct statement against Trump. After touting “gender identity” rights, McCain approvingly cited the Department of Defense’s study of the transgender policy’s effect on military readiness and said, “I do not believe that any new policy decision is appropriate until that study is complete and thoroughly reviewed by the Secretary of Defense, our military leadership, and the Congress.”

      The problem with that is the Pentagon’s review process is bureaucratically stacked in favor of continuing the military’s experiment of accommodating gender confusion. Credit that to Obama, who transformed the Pentagon (and the State Department) into a giant incubator of political and sexual correctness—even appointing the first openly “gay” service branch chief, Army Secretary Eric Fanning, who predictably worked with fellow LGBT activists to successfully push for “transgender” service.

      Unfortunately, history shows that liberal pseudo-“rights” and taxpayer-funded benefits are hard to take away. In fact, 23 House Republicans recently helped Democrats defeat a DoD spending bill amendment that merely would have stopped taxpayer funding of Pentagon transsexual “sex reassignment surgeries,” which are so gross I cannot describe them here.

      I wonder: where was Sen. McCain when Barack Obama was catering to the gender rebellion lobby as the next step in the Left’s fanatical quest to use government to create “rights” based on sexual perversion? Why were there no Senate (or House) hearings exposing Obama’s sop to the gender-confused in the military? (In June 2016, McCain, sounding more conservative in his run for re-election, promised such hearings but never delivered.)

      Why did McCain help sink Trump’s nominee Army Secretary, Tennessee State Sen. Dr. Mark Green, after the Left twisted the words of this Christian conservative Army veteran to demonize him? (McCain stoked the LGBT Lobby’s scurrilous yet successful campaign to sink Dr. Green’s nomination by calling the latter’s comments “very concerning” rather than coming to his defense.)

      Trump gets results. What a concept.

      Sen. McCain’s social liberalism, like that of so many feckless Republicans, mocks the GOP platform. All this only makes Trump’s bold “transgender” move, if he follows through, that much more of a big deal. Trump is reversing leftist social gains, which is rare and precisely what most defeatist Republicans are loathe to do.

      We’ve seen it time and again: Democrats’ once-revolutionary projects become “mainstream,” with requisite help from the leftist media, and soon Republicans come to embrace the “new normal,” echoing Democratic talking points.

      Did George W. Bush reverse Bill Clinton’s pro-“gay” federal executive orders after winning the White House? No. In fact, several members of the Bush family (mom Barbara, wife Laura, daughter Barbara) have since embraced homosexual “marriage.” Heck, even his dad, George H.W. Bush, served as an official “witness” at a friend’s lesbian “wedding” in Kennebunkport.

      Such worldly compromises, big and small, explain how America and the West arrived at this twisted and depraved “transgender moment.” Moral relativism, always churning against biblical Truth, forever inviting new, once-“progressive” fads and mores into the “mainstream,” incrementally advances the Left’s War on Normal.

      Meanwhile, conservatives mostly just complain and move on: “Kvetch and Retreat,” in the words of Orthodox Rabbi Mayer Schiller, who has witnessed more than his share of “conservative” sellouts. The Left plays offense, and we play a very poor defense. After just a few decades, once religiously faithful countries like the United States and Canada become morally weak and functionally pagan, as even our clerics defend the Sexual Revolution, socialism and open borders–in the name of love, justice and compassion, of course.

      Too often in Washington—and in corrupt capitals across America—political “growth” and sophistication signal moral cowardice and corruption. Our hearts and prayers go out to the ailing Arizona senator, but it is exasperating and disheartening to behold self-described Republican “conservatives” like him and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) criticizing Trump for a refreshingly bold move that will restore some moral and sexual sanity to the military.

      I wish John McCain’s liberal “growth” were an aberration among Republicans in D.C., but it’s not. The party’s gradual capitulation to the LGBTQ revolution (and the Democrats’ before that) is proof. A return to honoring Jesus Christ first in our lives, above politics and shallow, sinful cultural trends, is the only way back to truly “making America great again.”

    • Yep, pure scum.
      Part 1: The early days.
      McCain: The Most Reprehensible of the Keating Five

      (1989, Phoenix New Times)
      You’re John McCain, a fallen hero who wanted to become president so desperately that you sold yourself to Charlie Keating, the wealthy con man who bears such an incredible resemblance to The Joker.

      Obviously, Keating thought you could make it to the White House, too. He poured $112,000 into your political campaigns. He became your friend. He threw fund raisers in your honor. He even made a sweet shopping-center investment deal for your wife, Cindy. Your father-in-law, Jim Hensley, was cut in on the deal, too.

      Nothing was too good for you. Why not? Keating saw you as a prime investment that would pay off in the future.

      So he flew you and your family around the country in his private jets. Time after time, he put you up for serene, private vacations at his vast, palatial spa in the Bahamas. All of this was so grand. You were protected from what Thomas Hardy refers to as “the madding crowd.” It was almost as though you were already staying at a presidential retreat.

    • Jilted Johnny couldn’t be in charge, but Barry and Hillary couldn’t have created ISIS without him. Now he despises Trump because he wants to be in charge.

      McCain Made Secret Trip to Syria to Meet U.S. Military, Anti-Assad Rebels
      [The link to is useful because of the information in the comments, especially a photo of McCain with his ISIS buddies clearly identified.]

    • Part III: The Russia-collusion hoax against Trump

      Congressional Testimony: The Russians Paid Fusion GPS to Generate the [filthy lie] Trump Dossier…

      Even Fake News Central, The New York Times is hedging their bets, admitting that Russians paid for dirt on Trump.

      Back to McCain. Remember how the dossier got in the public view? McCain! John McCain passes dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts to FBI You see, McCain is in the middle of the silent coup to bring down Trump. He will vote to make sure Trump fails, even at the price of keeping ObamaCare.

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