Obama Campaign Won't Say if Health Care Plan Would Cover Abortions
1:09 PM, Oct 6, 2008 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
A new Obama-Biden campaign ad says that, unlike John McCain, "Barack Obama would require insurance companies to cover routine treatments like vaccines and mammograms":
Leaving aside the question of whether or not it's a good idea to mandate coverage for particular procedures, Obama's health care plan goes far beyond requiring coverage for "routine treatments." Following a speech to Planned Parenthood in July 2007, Obama made a controversial pledge to require private insurers to cover abortions. He said:
Just in case there's any doubt that Obama's reference to "reproductive services" meant that he intends to mandate coverage for abortion, the Chicago Tribune's Mike Dorning reported after the speech:
Obama has not been perfectly clear on his support for the Supreme Court's broadly defined "health exception" that permits third trimester abortions "in the light of all factors--physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman's age--relevant to the wellbeing of the patient."
So, during a campaign conference call about health care yesterday, I asked Obama-Biden surrogate Gov. Kathleen Sebelius if Obama's health care plan would mandate coverage for all legal abortions.
"I really don't know the specifics of that," she replied. An Obama-Biden spokesman told me via email that he'd find an answer to my question. But subsequent emails and phone calls in the past 24 hours from me to Obama-Biden spokesmen have gone unanswered.
Apparently the Obama-Biden campaign doesn't think it needs to provide basic factual information about their candidate's health care plan. Will any one in the mainstream media hold Obama accountable?