GOP Presidential Candidates in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast CancerWhile Democrats fight on behalf of the American people to maintain quality, affordable health care for millions of women and breast cancer survivors across the country, Republicans running for President are offering the exact opposite, and promising to reinstate failed policies of the past. 

Every single one of the Republicans running for presidents wants to take us back by repealing the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurance companies to cover breast cancer screenings. And each one of the Republican candidates have called for defunding Planned Parenthood, even though its affiliates performed 487,000 breast exams last year.

Jeb Bush

  • Vetoed $2 million for breast cancer research in Florida.
  • Questioned the value of women’s health.
  • Falsely claimed that Planned Parenthood wasn’t “actually doing women’s health issues.”
  • Would repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Donald Trump

  • Would repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • Proposed shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood funding.

 Marco Rubio

  • Would repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • Voted against a measure that would protect a woman’s access to primary and preventive care.
  • Would defund Planned Parenthood.

John Kasich

  • Proposed a budget to eliminate Medicaid coverage for breast cancer screenings, and exclude coverage for some low-income women.
  • Would repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Chris Christie

  • Proposed significant cuts to a New Jersey commission that administers the state breast cancer research fund.
  • Vetoed funding for cancer screenings, STI treatments, birth control, and pap tests.
  • Proposed an insurance program in New Jersey that would effectively eliminate mammogram coverage for many women.

Ben Carson

  • Would repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • Would cut medical research funding at the National Institutes of health.

Ted Cruz

  • Led the fight to shut down the government over the Affordable Care Act and pushed to do it again over defunding Planned Parenthood.
  • Voted against women’s access to health care, including primary and preventive care, family planning and birth control.

Carly Fiorina

  • Supported a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding.
  • Would repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Rand Paul

  • Would repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • Questioned if the federal government should fund breast cancer research.
  • Proposed a budget that would make significant cuts to the National Institutes of Health.


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