Not all Democrats are on board with the new healthcare reform legislation. A bipartisan group says healthcare reform must include an explicit ban on the use of taxpayer money for abortions to prevent them from increasing as a result of the legislation.
From The Columbus Dispatch: In a separate letter (regarding higher taxes for small businesses to fund the healthcare legislation) to Pelosi last month, Driehaus and Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo (Ohio) joined 17 other House Democrats to warn that they would oppose a health-care bill that requires the federal government to pay for abortions through Medicaid.
“The Obama administration has been attempting to smuggle into law the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade, and the statement is significant because they’re starting to be fleshed out on what they’re up to,” said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee.
From The Hill: “The legislation doesn’t specifically mention abortion,” said Adam Sonfield, senior public policy associate at the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute. While the bill would give the secretary of Health and Human Services (Kathleen Sebelius) some power over which health benefits insurers must provide, it’s not clear that the Obama administration would force insurers to cover abortion, Sonfield said. He noted that Democrats don’t seem to have the appetite to overturn the Hyde Amendment, an issue that has been fought over for more than three decades.
Now we know better than that – little by little we are being force fed the Freedom of Choice Act one morsel at a time. ‘Doesn’t specifically mention abortion’, ‘not clear it would force insurers to cover abortion’…Democrats really do think they are smarter than the average bear. Trying to placate the American Citizen is just pitiful. And since Kathleen Sebelius is going to have some pull, you know that abortion WILL be covered, probably as a memorial to her good friend Dr. George Tiller – he died for the ‘cause’, you know.
Private insurers are holding their breath – do they have to cover abortion? They’ve never had to cover elective procedures before, have they? Oh, that’s right….it’s all about the mother’s strain on her health and life. It is taxing on a person to murder your own unborn child. So this procedure would not be considered elective, it would be preventative just like any reproductive health care.
‘Abortion-rights advocates dismissed the notion that the healthcare bill would automatically lead to an increase in abortions and public abortion funding.’ Again, the legislation does not specifically mention abortion, does it? That’s the Freedom of Choice Act, under their breath.