Excerpts from one of my previous posts on unincluded abortion amendments in the Senate Finance Committee health-care “reform” bill were included in a recent post from Sheryl Young, one of my fellow former Tampa Tribune community columnists, at her blog “20-20 Faith Sight.” Thanks to Sheryl for referencing the information in my blog!
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.
There’s been some controversy over whether or not Obamacare would fund abortions. Those on the right claim it will undoubtedly be the case, while those on the left (including President Obama) deny this claim as hyperbole.
In an effort to clear up the record, FactCheck.org recently took a look at this issue. Among the site’s findings was this point concerning an approved amendment (in the House Energy and Commerce Committee) to H.R. 3200:
The Capps amendment does contain a statement – as we noted in an earlier article– that prohibits the use of public money to pay for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother. That would still allow the public plan to cover all abortions, so long as the plans took in enough private money in the form of premiums paid by individuals or their employers. The Capps language also would allow private plans purchased with federal subsidies (“affordability credits” for low-income families and workers) to cover abortion.
In sum, the site states that:
As for the House bill as it stands now, it’s a matter of fact that it would allow both a “public plan” and newly subsidized private plans to cover all abortions.
This is something to keep in mind when listening to the debates.
* In a related “fact check,” the site also notes that the claim that a person can keep their health insurance if they like it is not necessarily true!
Amid all the concern over the damage to costs and quality that the various health-care “reform” proposals could bring about, there is also the issue of potential government funding of controversial procedures. The chief among these is abortion.
An amendment that would limit the funding of abortions was struck down by the House of Representatives recently. A OneNewsNow story describes the amendment as follows:
The amendment said the healthcare bill may not impose requirements for coverage of abortion, except in limited cases.
Add taxpayer funding of abortion to the list of problems with the various health-care overhaul proposals making their way through Congress. Make that one more reason to oppose what some have dubbed “Obamacare.”
Clinton vowed her support for these issues during a speech Friday evening at the Planned Parenthood’s national conference in Houston. She was honored by Planned Parenthood…the nation’s leading abortionist…. with its Margaret Sanger Award, the organization’s highest honor, for her work throughout her public service career on behalf of women’s health and reproductive rights. Clinton said these rights are building blocks of democracy as societies that deny and demean women’s roles are ones more likely to engage in behavior that is negative, antidemocratic and that leads to violence and extremism.