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March 5, 2010
Yes, the Senate health care reform bill will subsidize abortions
Obama's implied directive to his duplicitous mouthpieces Sebelius and Pelosi: Say anything-just get this health care bill passed. The two ladies have been spreading the lie that the bill doesn't include federal funding of abortion.
The Senate version of the bill doesn't contain the Stupak Amendment, thereby assuring federally subsidized abortion coverage.
Douglas Johnson of National Right to Life cites the section and page number of the House version to prove it contains "The language that will allow direct federal funding of abortion, without restriction, in about 1,250 Community Health Centers."
Here's the condensed version of the drama.
Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services:
There will be no federal funding for abortions.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
If you believe that there should be no federal funding for abortion, and if you believe that there should be no change in policy... we will pass the bill.
Rep. Bart Stupak, (D-Mich):
But the bill that they [White House] are using as a vehicle is the Senate bill. You would find in there the federal government would directly subsidize abortions, plus every enrollee in the Office of Personnel management plan, every enrollee has to pay a minimum of $1 per month toward reproductive rights which includes abortion.
National Right to Life:
the Senate bill would result in a situation in which private plans that cover elective abortion would qualify for the federal subsidy, but every enrollee in such a plan would find himself or herself subject to a requirement that he or she make a separate monthly payment into a fund used exclusively for elective abortions an abortion surcharge, if you will.
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius recently insisted that this separate-payment requirement would apply to every person who participates in the exchange.
In a memo from Douglas Johnson, legislative Director of NRLC to "Interested Parties":
383-page Manager's Amendment unveiled by Senator Reid on December 19...Buried deep in the Manager's Amendment was new language making a direct appropriation of funds for Community Health Centers (CHCs) (which are also called Federally Qualified Health Centers, or FQHCs), totaling $7 billion ($7,000,000,000) over five years. (See Sec. 10503 on page 2355 of H.R. 3590.) Because this is a direct appropriation in the health care bill itself, these funds will not flow through the annual appropriations bill for the Department of Health and Human Services. Therefore, these funds would not be covered by the Hyde Amendment.
No matter which way Obama and his lackeys portray it, the health care bill will use taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions. However, most Americans do not want to be involved in "a woman's right to choose" abortion.
We will have to wait until this weekend to find out if Obama was able to twist some arms in his Thursday night meeting with the twelve Democrat holdouts.
The latest sticking point in passing health care reform may hinge on the "language" of abortion coverage contained in the bill, but the document is fiscally irresponsible and unsustainable, and needs to be scrapped. Health care reform must be enacted, but not with this edition.
If We the People expect to get any chance at rebuilding our republic, we must stop this monstrosity. If ever there was a time we needed a miracle, it's now.