Saturday, July 17, 2010

ObamaCare Covers Abortion, as Expected

If you want proof that President Obama's Executive Order on taxpayer-funded abortion was a sham, look no further than Pennsylvania, says House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio).

-- From "New health care law raises questions on abortions" by Mimi Hall, USA TODAY 7/14/10

Abortion opponents are warning that abortions will be covered in some new government health care programs for people who have been denied insurance because of pre-existing conditions, despite an order signed by President Obama forbidding the use of federal money for the procedure.

The order, signed by Obama in March in an effort to win enough votes to pass sweeping health care legislation, is "a sham," says House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio.

The National Right to Life Committee is citing language on government websites in two states — Pennsylvania and New Mexico— suggesting that new federally funded high-risk insurance pools for patients with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes will cover "elective" abortions for residents of those states.

The Obama administration, however, says it will make sure abortions are not covered under the new high-risk insurance pools in the states, many of which are scheduled to take effect next month. The pools are planned to offer health care to about 200,000 uninsured people with pre-existing conditions.

In keeping with Obama's executive order, abortions will only be covered in cases of rape, incest and if the woman's life is endangered, says Health and Human Service Department spokeswoman Jenny Backus.

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., head of a group of conservative Republicans, says Obama's order was "just another rhetorical tool to help Democrats pass their government takeover of health care."

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From "Obama Administration Approves First Direct Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Through New High-Risk Insurance Pools" by Susan Jones, Senior Editor 7/14/10

Boehner and other Republicans point to reports that the Health and Human Services Department is giving Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new high-risk insurance pool that will cover any abortion that is legal in the state.

"The fact that the high-risk pool insurance program in Pennsylvania will use federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortions is unconscionable," Boehner said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Just last month at the White House, I asked President Obama to provide the American people with a progress report on the implementation of his Executive Order, which purports to ban taxpayer-funding of abortions. Unfortunately, the President provided no information, and the American people are still waiting for answers."

The abortion funding for pool participants validates the arguments pro-life groups made throughout the health care debate – that taxpayer dollars will fund abortions, said Tom McClusky, senior vice president of the Family Research Council’s political action arm.

“For our efforts to remove the bill's abortion funding, we were called 'deceivers' by President Obama and 'liars' by his allies. Now we know who the true deceivers and liars really are,’ McClusky said.

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From "Maryland Becomes Second State to Offer Federally Funded Abortions under Obamacare" by Matt Cover, Staff Writer 7/16/10

Maryland will join Pennsylvania as the second state to use federal tax dollars to pay for abortions under the new health care law signed by President Barack Obama in March, according to information released by Maryland’s State Health Insurance Plan.

Maryland will receive $85 million in federal funds for its federally mandated high-risk insurance pool, which will cover abortions.

Rep. Mike Pence (R.-Ind.), the chairman of the House Republican Conference, said Friday that the fact that Maryland will now use federal dollars to fund abortions under a program mandated by the health-care law signed by President Obama represents a “broken promise.

"This is one more example of a broken promise in ObamaCare,” said Pence. “It is morally wrong to end an unborn human life and it is reprehensible to take taxpayer dollars from millions of pro-life Americans and use them to pay for abortions.”

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