Originally posted by FMF
What provision did the recently passed health reforms make for abortion?
In recent public addresses, President Obama railed about the supposed "outrageous myths" surrounding his plan for Health Insurance Reconstruction, a plan that is often shilled as Healthcare Reform. One of the things he attempted to refute was the voluntary, non-medically required abortions would be covered under ObamaCare.
From Reuters: Some are also saying that coverage for abortions would be mandated under reform. Also false.
Much like the President Obama's statements about illegal immigration and Obamacare, in a Rovian sense what President Obama asserted is true, or at least not completely false. There are no provisions in any of the legislation currently in play - HR3200 bieng the only of importance now - that mandate that coverage for abortions.
This is completely true, but it is another example of President Obamas disingenuous nuance. Even with the very narrowly passed Capps Amendement there is nothing preventing ObamCare from effectively subsidizing voluntary, non-medically required abortions.
Obama has said in the past that "reproductive services" would be covered by his Public Option, therefore it is likely that any new federal insurance plan would cover such abortions unless Congress expressly prohibits that action. Low-to-moderate-income persons who would choose a the Public Option would qualify for federal subsidies -- Affordability Credits - to purchase it. Private plans offereed on the proposed Healthcare Exchange that cover abortion also could be purchased with the help of such affordability crisis.
"We are going to set up a health plan that all persons and all women can access if they do not have health insurance. It will be a plan that will provide all essential services, including reproductive services, as well as mental health services and disease management services, because part of our interest is to make sure that we are putting more money into preventive care. (Senator Obama in his july 17, 2007 address to Planned Parenthood)
The then-Senator Obama's campaign spokespeople later confirmed and calrified that Obama included abortions in those "reproductive services".
Despite the sophistry and legalism, despite any shifting from one column to another on the books so as to avoid violating the Hyde Amendment or the proposed Capps Amendment, which is essentially applies the Hyde Amendment to HR 3200, if public subsidies are provided for the purchase of health insurance and the policies purchased cover voluntary abortions then ObamaCare will, in effect, cover said abortions and use American tax payer dollars to do so.
So is the claim that ObamaCare will cover abortions an "outrageous myth'?. No, but it is an oversimplification of the matter. This is very much the same as President Obama's "outrageous myth" that ObamaCare WON'T cover abortions.
Of course, this article is somewhat dated, but it gives you a taste of all the games they play legally. That being said, the Amish are not objecting to Obamacare on the basis that it will fund abortions, rather, they simply disdain government assistance. So why can't I do the same?