Saturday, March 25, 2017
Republicans betray prolifers - again?
The effort to revoke and replace the Affordable Care Act has failed for now. The flawed Republican bill was not going to get enough votes, so they pulled it.
They had failed to build a consensus for the bill, and to make needed changes.
The have a chance now to revise it - but they lost a lot of political capitol in this fiasco. And it's not clear if and when they will put in the work to improve it.
What is clear is that pro-lifers were told one thing by Republicans, and ended up with just empty promises.
Abortion coverage remains in place, as does funding for Planned Parenthood.
Again the GOP failed to deliver.
They lumped their "pro-life" efforts into a bill that was clearly heading for failure instead of actually addressing the pro-life issues on their own. But the health care bill gave them cover so they can claim they tried.
In other words, more of the same.
Maybe the Republicans will pursue other ways to cut funding for abortion and Planned Parenthood.
But given their track record of making promises they don't keep I'm not holding my breath.
Pax et bonum