Statement from Planned Parenthood of Nassau County President and CEO, JoAnn Smith:
“Last night, we saw the failure of the Senate’s third attempt to strip health care away from millions and defund Planned Parenthood. Today, we celebrate this victory, and continue to keep our doors open to the thousands of people in Nassau County that depend upon us for high quality, affordable, lifesaving care.
We know that the fight is far from over, but we want to take this moment to thank our supporters and activists who made this victory possible. Moreover, we call on our representatives to work together to protect health care and access to it — your constituents’ lives depend upon it.”
PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION OF AMERICA PRESS STATEMENT:
For immediate release: September 27, 2017
Contact: Planned Parenthood media office, [email protected]; 212-261-4433
Planned Parenthood Applauds End of Graham-Cassidy-Heller Bill
“Because of brave Americans, 32 million Americans will wake up tomorrow morning knowing they still have health care. More than 8,000 people will walk through Planned Parenthood’s doors, still able to access the basic, preventive health care they rely on.”
Washington D.C. - Yesterday, millions of Americans breathed a sigh of relief as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that there will be no vote on the disastrous Graham-Cassidy-Heller bill. The bill was the worst piece of legislation for women’s health in a generation, allowing insurance companies to no longer cover birth control, threatening maternity care for 13 million women, allowing insurance companies to charge more for pre-existing conditions, leaving at least 32 million people without health insurance, and preventing millions of people from getting basic care at Planned Parenthood health centers.
Nonpartisan groups representing nearly every part of the health care industry expressed their vehement opposition, including insurance companies, doctors, patients, hospitals, and other patient-provider groups including America’s Health Insurance Plans, ACOG, American Medical Association, the President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and the American Heart Association.
Statement from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
“The Graham-Cassidy-Heller bill was a disastrous piece of legislation that would have harmed the lives of millions of Americans and devastated Planned Parenthood’s patients.
“Over the last few weeks, hundreds of thousands of people across the country have spoken out against this dangerous bill. Opponents of women’s health bet on the American people being too tired, too demoralized to keep fighting — but they bet wrong. People across the country called their senators, demonstrated in their hometowns, wrote letters, and came to Washington, D.C., to tell their stories. Because of those brave Americans, 32 million Americans will wake up tomorrow morning knowing they still have health care. More than 8,000 people will walk through Planned Parenthood’s doors, still able to access the basic, preventive health care they rely on. Thirteen million women won’t have to worry about losing maternity care, breast cancer survivors will know they won’t be charged more for health insurance, and 57 million women will still have access to birth control.
“While [yesterday] compassion and reason prevailed over partisan politics, we know this fight is far from over. But instead of pushing legislation that would take health care away from millions, now is the time for Congress to work towards common sense, bipartisan health care solutions that put people first.”
Planned Parenthood supporters have been speaking out in force against the Graham-Cassidy-Heller bill since day one. Over the last several days, Planned Parenthood patient advocates and supporters rallied at over 50 events across the country and on social media to oppose the Graham-Cassidy-Heller proposal. On Twitter during the Senate Finance hearing on Monday, for example, #StandWithPP and #IStandWithPP together generated over two million impressions. Planned Parenthood supporters have been an overwhelming force of opposition, making 350,000 phone calls to members of Congress and holding more than 2,700 events across the country. Since January, Planned Parenthood has gained more than one million supporters.
The American people made it overwhelmingly clear that they didn’t want to see the Graham-Cassidy-Heller bill passed into law in addition to major medical associations and major health insurance groups who also stood up to oppose the bill. In fact, the American Medical Association said they could not support the bill because it violated the medical oath to “first do no harm.” The Graham-Cassidy-Heller bill also would have allowed insurance companies to charge women about $17,320 more for giving birth and $28,660 more for having breast cancer.
Even the rushed preliminary Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score on the Graham-Cassidy-Heller bill made it clear that the cost of this legislation was too high. CBO estimated that Graham-Cassidy-Heller would cut Medicaid by $1 trillion through 2026, stating that "millions of additional people would be uninsured." The score confirmed that under the unpopular and widely criticized Graham-Cassidy-Heller, Americans would pay more and get less.
The Senate should focus on productive bipartisan proposals such as the Collins-Nelson market stabilization proposal and the Alexander-Murray discussions that were under way in the Senate HELP Committee.