Senator Collins casts critical vote preventing Planned Parenthood “defund”
With a 51-49 vote, the U.S. Senate has failed to pass a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act and blocking Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood.
In the past three days the Senate tried three times to pass a bill repealing the ACA and “defund” Planned Parenthood. Senator Collins and Senator King voted against each bill.
“We are thankful to our Senators for standing up for Planned Parenthood patients and their right to receive care at their trusted provider,” said Nicole Clegg, Vice President of Public Policy for the Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund. “Earlier this year Senator King spoke on the senate floor in support of Planned Parenthood and Senator Collins has been an outspoken supporter of Planned Parenthood, both publicly and within her caucus. Let’s be clear: Senator Collins’ votes were critical in stopping repeal and preserving Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood.”
In the last month, Senator Collins has made multiple public statements in opposition to defunding, was one of the first Senators to announce she would vote against the motion to proceed on repeal & reform, and one of the first to oppose repeal without a replacement plan. She voted against every single bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and “defund” Planned Parenthood.
In Maine, 25% of patients have Medicaid coverage and 49% of the revenue for services provided at the health centers come from federal sources, primarily Medicaid. The effects of “defunding” would have been devastating.
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in Maine. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.