In the wake of the deadly shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday called on Congress to pass a bill to fix the nation’s mental health system.
“What happened is appalling and justice should be swift,” Ryan said of the Friday incident, in which Robert Dear Jr. allegedly opened fire at the clinic and killed three people. “Clearly we can do more, and one common denominator in these tragedies is mental illness.”
Ryan and his leadership team are backing legislation by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), a longtime psychologist, that would overhaul the mental healthcare system, especially focusing on helping people with serious mental illness. It would create a new assistant secretary for mental health and removes restrictions on Medicaid paying for certain mental healthcare.
The Murphy bill currently is working its way through the Energy and Commerce Committee.