by Max Brantley
Planned Parenthood plays a big role in women's reproductive health care in America for two reasons: It has hundreds of clinics, and those clinics tend to serve a higher number of patients than other health-care providers.Oh, sure some will be OK:
About one in six American counties — 491 counties in total — have a Planned Parenthood clinic. Taken together, they see about 2.6 million patients annually.
It hardly needs saying that Republicans don't have much affection for low-income people either. Remember, the bottom 40 percent were deemed well-cared-for enough already and were omitted from Gov. Asa Hutchinson's income tax cut.
Higher-income women will find alternatives. But a sizable minority of Planned Parenthood's patients, particularly low-income women, would lose access to medical services.
Not only did the bill fall short of what President Obama had asked for, but most of the funding was also offset by spending cuts — which isn’t typical for emergency funding, and which Democrats said could set a dangerous precedent. Moreover, most of those spending cuts came from Obamacare, and Ebola virus funding also took a hit.
“It is unthinkable that in the face of a public health emergency, Republicans chose to pass a hyperpartisan proposal that doubles down on using women’s health as a political football by restricting access to women’s health care, like contraception, which is especially critical to preventing the spread of this virus,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) in a statement.