Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska is vowing not to vote for any Obamacare repeal law that defunds Planned Parenthood.
"I, for one, do not believe that Planned Parenthood has any place in our deliberations on the Affordable Care Act," she said in an address to the Alaska state legislature.
"Taxpayer dollars should not be used to pay for abortions, but I will not vote to deny Alaskans access to the health services that Planned Parenthood provides."
She added any repeal of Obamacare "must come along with a replacement that reforms and improves health care."
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has said cutting off federal funds for Planned Parenthood will be included in the same bill used to repeal Obamacare, The Hill noted.
Murkowski also said she was concerned about repealing Obamacare's Medicaid expansion.
"Here in Alaska, some 27,000 Alaskans — 28,000 actually — now have coverage for the first time," she said. "Which means they have access to care for the first time. While I clearly have concerns about the expansion's long-term costs, it has strengthened our native health system and reduced the number of uninsured that are coming into our emergency rooms.
"So as long as this legislature wants to keep the expansion, Alaska should have the option — so I will not vote to repeal it."
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