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Planned Parenthood Could Face Funding Issues If GOP Repeals Obamacare

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Planned Parenthood could face financial hurdles if Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act and the provider could lose about 30 percent of its revenue, according to the Washington Examiner.

That number comes from a provision in a 2015 Obamacare repeal measure that would block Planned Parenthood from getting Medicaid reimbursements, according to the Examiner. If Republicans use that measure in the new repeal attempt, the provision could come into play, and the GOP appears unwilling to take the provision out.

Republicans used a reconciliation bill in 2015 to try to repeal Obamacare, which allowed them to avoid a 60-vote requirement in the Senate. They added the provision that would block Planned Parenthood from being reimbursed for health services it provides to Medicaid patients.

Many in the GOP say that government funding should not go to any provider who offers abortion as a service, according to the Examiner. The Medicaid program does not pay for abortions, except in case of rape or incest or if the woman's life is in danger.

The Heritage Foundation, a right-leaning policy group, has said Republicans should try to use reconciliation to repeal the law. Some conservatives believe that the provision might be cut from the Obamacare repeal bill, although some anti-abortion conservatives want to be sure it remains, since Trump has said he opposes abortion.

The anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List urged Republican lawmakers to pass the 2015 reconciliation bill and to include the defunding of Planned Parenthood. "We need to deliver an immediate victory for the unborn and the pro-life grassroots," said Eric Schmitz, the group's legislative director, according to the Examiner.

The measure would not affect all of Planned Parenthood's funds, as Title X would still provide about $60 million each year. Planned Parenthood receives 43 percent of its revenue from government reimbursements, 27 percent from private donations, 24 percent from health service fees, and 6 percent from "other."

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards noted in a fundraising pitch that, "For 100 years, Planned Parenthood has stood with and for our patients, and through every challenge we got stronger because you stood with us."

Bustle reports that public donations have been on the rise to Planned Parenthood. At least one-fourth of the donors signed up to be monthly sponsors.

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