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Reid’s Health Bill Requires Abortion Fee

From Republican Leader, John Boehner:

Sen. Reid’s Government-Run Health Plan Requires a Monthly Abortion Fee

Posted by GOP Leader Press Office on November 19th, 2009

Just like the original 2,032-page, government-run health care plan from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) massive, 2,074-page bill would levy a new “abortion premium” fee on Americans in the government-run plan.

Beginning on line 7, p. 118, section 1303 under “Voluntary Choice of Coverage of Abortion Services” the Health and Human Services Secretary is given the authority to determine when abortion is allowed under the government-run health plan.  Leader Reid’s plan also requires that at least one insurance plan offered in the Exchange covers abortions (line 13, p. 120).

What is even more alarming is that a monthly abortion premium will be charged of all enrollees in the government-run health plan.  It’s right there beginning on line 11, page 122, section 1303, under “Actuarial Value of Optional Service Coverage.”  The premium will be paid into a U.S. Treasury account – and these federal funds will be used to pay for the abortion services.

Section 1303(a)(2)(C) describes the process in which the Health Benefits Commissioner is to assess the monthly premiums that will be used to pay for elective abortions under the government-run health plan and for those who are given an affordability credit to purchase insurance coverage that includes abortion through the Exchange.  The Commissioner must charge at a minimum $1 per enrollee per month.

A majority of Americans believe that health care plans should not be mandated to provide elective abortion coverage, and a majority of Americans do not believe government health care plans should include abortion coverage. Currently, federal appropriations bills include language known as the Hyde Amendment that prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for elective abortions under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, while another provision, known as the Smith Amendment, prohibits federal funding of abortion under the federal employees’ health benefits plan.

Leader Reid’s 2,074-page health care monstrosity is an affront to the American people and drastically moves away from current policy.  The National Right to Life Committee has called the Reid abortion language “completely unacceptable.” The American people deserve more from their government than being forced to pay for abortion.  The pro-life Stupak/Pitts amendment passed the House by a vote of 240 to 194, enjoying the overwhelming support of 176 Republicans and 64 Democrats.  The Stupak/Pitts Amendment codifies current law by prohibiting federal funding of elective abortions under any government-run plan or plans available under the Exchange.  The Reid plan ignores the will of a bipartisan majority of the House, and indeed the American people, by rejecting this bipartisan amendment.

Health care reform should not be used as an opportunity to use federal funds to pay for elective abortions. Health reform should be an opportunity to protect human life – not end it – and the American people agree.  House Republicans have offered a common-sense, responsible solution that would reduce health care costs and expand access while protecting the dignity of all human life. The Republican plan, available at HealthCare.GOP.gov, would codify the Hyde Amendment and prohibit all authorized and appropriated federal funds from being used to pay for abortion. And under the Republican plan, any health plan that includes abortion coverage may not receive federal funds.

Gee, we didn’t see this coming. (Actually, this is even more outrageous than we imagined it would be.)

Obviously, unlike Mr. Obama, the question of abortion isn’t above the pay grade for Kathleen Sebelius.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, November 19th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Reid’s Health Bill Requires Abortion Fee”

  1. proreason

    When will they announce mandatory abortions for white women?

    White people are already using more than their share of health resources. It’s just not fair.

  2. JohnMG

    …..”Obviously, unlike what Mr. Obama claims, the question of abortion isn’t above the pay grade for Kathleen Sebelius……”

    All rational thought is beyond the capability of this entire administration. They’d be out of their depth in a parking lot puddle.

    Maybe we should be considering retroactive abortion for selected administration officials, eh? I’d be inclined to let the insurance cover that so long as I could determine which people qualified for the procedure.

  3. Gladius et Scutum

    From BHO’s September 9, 2009 prime time canard: “There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This too, is false – (You Lie! – Joe Wilson, R, S.C.) The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those here illegally. And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up – under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place”. All together now – YOU LIE! (C, S&L)

    I have been reading through the transcript, and come to believe the exclamation “You Lie!” might properly replace the period or full stop as punctuation for all of our leadership’s public statements.

  4. Media_man

    To your point, aren’t most aborted fetuses future Democrat voters? Abortion helps even things out for all of the Democrat voter fraud vis-a-vis Acorn. Maybe we need more of it, alot more.

    It looks like this turkey is going to pass and we’ll be stuck with another massive unfunded entitlement program. On the bright side of things, this will make things so horrible the Democrats could go out of business.

    Will we be able to repeal this monstrosity? It’s our only hope.

  5. Chuckk

    Abortion is here to stay. Quit whining.

  6. 11ten1775

    Hey, Chuckk, there will always be a large portion of the American public who defend life from conception. Abortion might not go away entirely, but we’ll never stop trying to end it.
    The irony is always there – you might support abortion, but you have to admit you’re glad your mother didn’t do it.




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