The deadline for passing a spending bill for the government was set for the congress on 30th of September year 2015. Failure to do this by the deadline implied that the government would shut down and there was a move by some of the congress members to impose leverage on the deadline so as to defund the initiative of Planned Parenthood.
The nature of federal spending can either be mandatory or by its own discretion. The Planned Parenthood agency is entitled to 450 million dollars annually from the given federal funds. The agency claims that this given figure accounts for up to 41 percent of their total revenue making this a major source of their operating capital.
From the agencies reports, 90 percent of their overall funding is derived from mandatory federal spending with the 10 percent from the discretion spending. The defunding move alienates Planned Parenthood from accessing Medicaid for no direct reason and thus is a clear violation of a patient’s rights in accessing their preferential medical care. Federal law stipulates that federal funding cannot be used for abortion procedures with only special exemptions such as rape, when mother’s life is on the line or cases of incest.
The consequences of this defunding will be felt almost immediately. The republicans argue that on the upside the bill will be able to counter abortion and entities benefitting from the illegal sale of fetal tissue. Drawbacks to this will be far reaching however as it will disrupt the healthcare services as provided to millions of patients. The agencies employees are also set to lose a job which is a major drawback as only the agency accepts Medicaid patients as many doctors turn them away because of low remuneration rates. The Planned Parenthood provided services for both insured and those patients that lack an insurance policy.
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