Leftists Freak Out Because Fewer Babies Will Be Killed Under TrumpCare
According to a report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), more babies will be born under the Republican Obamacare replacement bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Because the bill cuts Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood, the country's largest abortion provider, women will allegedly lose access to contraception and fewer babies will be aborted. Cue the liberal outrage.
"The provision to 'defund' Planned Parenthood would have disastrous consequences and result in women losing access to care, especially services that help women prevent unintended pregnancies," Dana Singiser, Planned Parenthood's vice president for public policy and governmental relations, told The Washington Post.
The CBO report estimated that AHCA's one-year ban on federal funds going to sizable abortion providers (which only applies to Planned Parenthood) would save the federal government $178 million in 2017 and $234 million between 2017 and 2026. But this policy would also do something else. "To the extent that there would be reductions in access to care under the legislation, they would affect services that help women avert pregnancies."
"By CBO's estimates, in the one-year period in which federal funds for Planned Parenthood would be prohibited under the legislation, the number of births in the Medicaid program would increase by several thousand, increasing direct spending for Medicaid by $21 million in 2017 and by $77 million over the 2017-2026 period," the report stated.
As The Wall Street Journal's Daniel Nasaw put it, "'several thousand' additional births covered by Medicaid would occur due to reduced access to Planned Parenthood preventive services."
But the CBO report wasn't just considering contraception — it was considering abortion, too. And the number of births allowed to happen because of the cuts in Planned Parenthood services would actually be more than "several thousand." The CBO report noted that "the costs of about 45 percent of all births are paid for by the Medicaid program," which means that when it projected that "the number of births in the Medicaid program would increase by several thousand," it was also predicting that the number of overall births would increase by twice that.