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Mike Pence: Republicans are ready to immediately 'begin the end of Obamacare

Speaking at the Susan B. Anthony List’s Campaign for Life Gala on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence said Congress “will vote to repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence told pro-life activists at the Susan B. Anthony List’s Campaign for Life Gala on Wednesday that Congress “will vote to repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, on Thursday.

“Tomorrow, we begin the end of Obamacare,” he said.

House Republicans have announced that they will vote on their Obamacare replacement bill, the American Health Care Act, on Thursday.

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

Pence said that he believes 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.”

He told activists that he brought greetings from President Donald Trump, whom he called “a champion of life.”

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

He praised the organization for carrying on the pro-life feminism of its namesake, and fighting for the rights of women — born and unborn — that “will and are and ever will be their birthright.”

Pence argued that “personnel is policy” and Trump selected staff who are pro-life leaders, touting the recent announcement that Dr. Charmaine Yoest, the former president and CEO of Americans United for Life, will serve as assistant secretary of public affairs at HHS.

“For the first time in a long time,” Pence said, a presidential administration is full of people “who stand without apology for life.”

Pence argued that Trump kept his promise to appoint a pro-life justice to the court in Justice Neil Gorsuch.

As a candidate, Trump vowed to pro-life leaders on his campaign’s Pro-Life Coalition — which was spearheaded by Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser — that he would nominate pro-life justices to the Supreme Court, sign the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law, reallocate federal funds granted to Planned Parenthood to community health centers, and to make the Hyde Amendment permanent law.

Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, spoke at the gala before Pence. She vowed that the administration is “just getting started” on implementing pro-life policy.

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