Vote Explanation for the Veto Override of H.R. 3762 — Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015

Today, the House failed to override the President’s veto of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 by a vote of 186–238.

This legislation represents the 63rd attempt by Congressional Republicans to repeal, undermine, and dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and is the 12th vote to attack women’s health care this Congress. I can imagine this must be how Bill Murray felt in Groundhog Day.

If passed into law, the legislation would take affordable health coverage away from 22 million families after 2017, and directly impact the 380,890 Massachusetts residents who recently enrolled in Medicaid expansion and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Moreover, this bill would completely defund Planned Parenthood, depriving millions of women of the right to choose where they receive their health care. Currently, the federal government does not fund abortions, so this bill would prevent Planned Parenthood from providing breast cancer screenings and other essential women’s health care services.

I believe affordable and quality health care is a fundamental right for all Americans and that is why I voted against the Restoring America’s Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015.