Mike Pence praises GOP’s healthcare bill: ‘Life is winning in America’

This Wednesday on the eve of a House vote on the GOP’s latest healthcare bill, Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech at the Susan B. Anthony Campaign for Life Gala and declared, “Tomorrow, we begin the end of Obamacare.”

House Republicans will vote on the bill this Thursday.

“When they vote to repeal and replace Obamacare we will finally defund Planned Parenthood,” he said to applause from the audience.

Pence also said that the bill will “usher in a new era for health care in America” and be one of the Trump administration’s “defining victories for life,” adding that the President himself is “a champion of life.”

“There is a president in the Oval Office who is fighting every day, fighting every single day, to restore the sanctity of life in American law,” Pence said.

Pence lauded the pro-life leaders named to Trump’s administration. Saying “personnel is policy,” Pence praised the naming of far-right anti-abortion activist Charmaine Yoest to be assistant secretary of public affairs at the Health and Human Services department. Until recently, Yoest was the president of the extremist anti-abortion group “Americans United for Life.” According to a New York Times Magazine profile from 2012, Yoest has been a proponent of some of the worst misinformation to ever come out of the pro-life camp, including the claim that abortion is linked to breast cancer.

According to Pence, this is the “first time in a long time” that a presidential administration is full of people “who stand without apology for life.”

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Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.