Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Gov't insurance would allow coverage for abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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 life 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.

Read it all.
Apart from the article's emphasis on the abortion issue, notice the incidental fact that is revealed in that last sentence: "millions of women who now have it [abortion coverage] through workplace insurance and are expected to join the exchange." This is a direct admission that government insurance will replace private insurance for millions of people, leading to the demise of private healthcare insurance and the establishment of a single-payer, government-controlled healthcare system.

Write or call your senators and representatives today and urge their opposition to this legislation.


ruauper2 said...

I did a search of all 1017 pages of HR 3200. There is not one, I repeat not one , mention of the word "abortion". If my search engine missed it and you would let me know precisely where you found that language, or word, I'd be happy to se it.

Robert S. Munday said...

Did you read the article to which I linked? If so, you would have read the following:

"Since abortion is a legal medical procedure, experts on both sides say not mentioning it would allow health care plans in the new insurance exchange to provide unrestricted coverage. [In other words, both proponents and opponents of the bill agree this is true.]
It would mirror the private insurance market, where abortion coverage is widely available. A Guttmacher Institute study found that 87 percent of typical employer plans covered abortion in 2002..."

Besides, I have never seen one health care plan, I repeat not one, ever refer to the abortion procedure as "abortion."

Nice try.