Obama Admin. Claims Obamacare Isn't Paying for Abortions in Pennsylvania
A muddled clarification.
1:57 PM, Jul 15, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
If you read the text of Obama's executive order on abortion, you'll see that it essentially affirms the abortion language in the Senate bill that was passed by the House and signed into law by the president. The order claims that the health care "Act"--not the executive order--"maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to the newly created health insurance exchanges."
The order claims that "the Act's segregation [of funding] requirements" already meet the standard of the Hyde amendment. The argument that the Senate bill already prohibited federal funding of abortion coverage was advanced by Planned Parenthood and pro-choice Democrats, but rejected by pro-lifers--including Bart Stupak.
In an interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD last month, Stupak said he agreed the Senate bill wasn't acceptable and then made the (false) claim that the Senate bill's abortion language had somehow changed between the time it passed the Senate in December and when the president signed it into law in March:
Congressman Dan Lipinski (D, Ill.) says he told Stupak before the vote on the bill in March that the executive order is ineffective: “the executive order probably would not stand [in court] and even if it did stand, it only covered part of the abortion funding—the direct funding of abortion [at Community Health Centers], not the fees for [subsidized] health plans.”
The issue of federal funding of abortion has been made intentionally confusing by pro-choice Democrats because they want federally subsidized plans to include coverage for elective abortions but know that that's deeply unpopular.
Yet there's a fairly easy test to resolve whether a federally subsidized plan covers abortion: Does an individual on a subsidized plan have to pay out of pocket for an elective abortion (or purchase a separate insurance policy rider covering abortion), or does that individual pay the normal copayment for an elective abortion?