Mullin Votes to Override Veto of Obamacare Repeal Bill
WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) voted on Tuesday to override the president’s veto of a bill that repeals major parts of Obamacare and stops any group that performs abortions from receiving federal funding through the Medicaid program.
President Obama vetoed the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 (H.R. 3762) on Jan. 8, 2016.
“A lot of people have asked me why we bothered to send this bill to the president’s desk when we knew he would veto it. The answer is that this bill is important because it is proof that with a Republican-led House and Senate we will be able to give our next president a bill that gets rid of the worst parts of Obamacare,” said Mullin.
Mullin explained that H.R. 3762 is the first major Obamacare repeal bill that Congress has been able to pass through both the House and Senate chambers.
“Many people don’t know that this bill is the first repeal bill Congress has been able to send to the president’s desk – ever,” Mullin added. “We were able to use a process called reconciliation, which requires only 51 votes for the bill’s passage in the Senate, to send the president a bill that repeals the individual and employer insurance mandates required by Obamacare.”
H.R. 3762 also blocks abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood, from being able to receive federal funds through the Medicaid program.
Under federal law, it is illegal for federal funds to be used to perform abortions; however, health care groups that perform abortions are eligible to receive federal funds when they perform non-abortion health care services on patients who get their health insurance from the Medicaid program.
“Ever since I got to Congress, I’ve been working to make sure that no group that performs abortions can get any federal funding, period,” Mullin said.
Mullin has been a strong supporter of bills that prohibit groups that perform abortions from receiving federal funding from Medicaid and public health service grant programs. He has worked to send this funding to community health centers that serve vulnerable women and children but do not perform abortions.
The attempt to override the president’s veto on H.R. 3762 failed in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 241-186.