The first amendment would have inserted stronger language making it clear that abortion would never be covered under government-subsidized plans. The second notched up opt-out protections for health-care providers who object to providing certain procedures like abortion because of moral issues. Both were voted down by the Committee 13-10.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the Finance Committee member who proposed the funding amendment, is arguing that the vote against the amendment leaves a worrisome ambiguity in the law that could lead to taxpayer funding of abortion. He also believes that the vote against the opt-out amendment leaves too much uncertainty in the legislation.