Abortion funding. A mine field in Obamacare

As we enter the dog days of August, and our elected officials take a much needed break, the health care debate drags on. And that’s a good thing. While some in both houses in Congress admit not personally reading the various proposals the media and bloggers are having a field day. It’s easy when you have over 1,000 pages of “work in process” to chew on.
One issue that sends up our antennas is the topic of federal funding of abortions.
Associated Press writer RICARDO ALONSOZALDIVAR just addressed this controversial issue in his latest article.

 “Gov’t insurance would allow coverage for abortion.”

In his piece Ricardo opens stating:  “Health care legislation before Congress would allow a new government-sponsored insurance plan to cover abortions, a decision that would affect millions of women and recast federal policy on the divisive issue.

Federal funds for abortions are now restricted to cases involving rape, incest or danger to the health of the mother. Abortion opponents say those restrictions should carry over to any health insurance sold through a new marketplace envisioned under the legislation, an exchange where people would choose private coverage or the public plan.

Abortion rights supporters say that would have the effect of denying coverage for abortion to millions of women who now have it through workplace insurance and are expected to join the exchange.

Advocates on both sides are preparing for a renewed battle over abortion, which could jeopardize political support for President Barack Obama’s health care initiative aimed at covering nearly 50 million uninsured and restraining medical costs.

“We want to see people who have no health insurance get it, but this is a sticking point,” said Richard Doerflinger, associate director of pro-life activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “We don’t want health care reform to be the vehicle for mandating abortion.”

Ricardo closes by quoting Heidi Hartmann, president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, adding this comment. Applying the current restrictions for federal employees and low-income women to a program intended for the middle class will provoke a backlash.

“There is a difference between picking off one group of women here and one group there and something that would affect a very large group,” Hartmann said. “Everyone would like to avoid that fight.”

Gilbert final thoughts. This fight has just begun. The president is discovering that having all the cards and controlling both houses on paper is not a slam dunk on his Socialist driven Agenda.
Thanks to Blue Dog Democrats and others who put constituents interests before bowing at the Pelosi altar.  They may pay a political price but freedom is not free.

Ricardo’s full report can be read below.


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