Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, two so-called Republicans who voted no on repealing Obamacare, did so because they believed it was best to not defund Planned Parenthood.
Two of the senators who singlehandedly derailed the skinny repeal of Obamacare were awarded a sit down interview with the admiring Dana Bash Friday on CNN. The bright faced journalist applauded Sens. Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) for having the “cajones” to vote against the Republican bill when they knew half the country would view them as heretics.
Collins admitted it was an “uncomfortable” vote. But, they both insisted it was the right thing to do, which is why they did not fear backlash from GOP leadership, or even intimidating tweets from the Oval Office.
Both women said they were voting for their constituents, not the Republican Party.
“I made a statement to the president that I’m not voting for the party, I’m voting for the people of Alaska,” Murkowski recalled.
“Republician” Murkowski sent a letter to an Alaskan constituent in June, ensuring them that she was committed to protecting funding for Planned Parenthood. Even though in 2015 she voted to repeal Obamacare.
Part of standing up for their states, the senators argued, was protecting Planned Parenthood funding. Under the GOP bill, the massive pro-abortion organization would be defunded for a year.
Conservatives have a strong counter argument by pointing out the over 300,000 abortions Planned Parenthood performs every year. Why should the organization continue to receive taxpayer money?
In fact, it is liberals who are celebrating Collins and Murkowski’s actions. The Huffington Post wrote about how Nicole Clegg, Vice President of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, helped make up Collins’s mind. She had spent months speaking to Collins about health care, according to HuffPo. Additionally, Planned Parenthood volunteers put in “thousands of calls” to Murkowski and Collins’ offices.
It’s disgraceful that these two women, who claim to be Republicans, voted no to repeal Obamacare in order to maintain the funding for a business that terminates innocent children. They claim Planned Parenthood provides essential quality care to women. Yet it takes in over $500 million in taxpayers money. In contrast, there is over 13,000 Federally Qualified Health Center sites that do not perform abortions. That’s one health clinic for every Planned Parenthood. If Obamacare were to be repealed and Planned Parenthood were defunded, that’s $500 million going to health clinics who would actually provide…real quality care to woman.