Washington D.C., Sep 14, 2017 / 15:59 pm
After a Democratic senator boasted on Wednesday that his party's Medicare bill would repeal the Hyde Amendment, pro-life groups are pushing back, stressing that the longstanding policy has saved lives.
"This month marks the 41st anniversary of the Hyde Amendment and in that time it has been found that over 2 million lives have been saved," said Tom McClusky, vice president of government affairs at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
"The senator might think we'd be better off without those people," McClusky said, "however I know 2 million lives who would disagree and are thankful they aren't targeted by Sen. Blumenthal."
On Wednesday, senators from both parties released dueling health care bills. Senate Republicans, led by Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), introduced their proposal which would, among other things, repeal the Affordable Care Act and feature block grants to states to pay for health care coverage.