Skip to comments.Cat out of the Bag: Dem Congresswoman Admits ObamaCare Covers Elective Abortions
Posted on 08/12/2009 3:57:31 PM PDT by wagglebee
SAN JOSE, California, August 12, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Democratic Congresswoman admitted to her California constituents gathered at a town-hall meeting what the Obama administration has tried desperately to keep quiet: the health care reform bill covers abortions.
"We know that over 90 percent of abortions are purely elective, not medically necessary. Why is this being covered when abortion is not clearly health care," Ignacio Reyes, a local pro-life advocate, asked Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Cali.) at a San Jose town-hall meeting.
As the applause for Reyes subsided, Lofgren, who represents California's 16th Congressional District, responded that the proposed Congressional reforms included "a basic benefit plan developed by health professionals."
"Abortion will be covered as a benefit by one or more of the healthcare plans available to Americans, and I think it should be," said Logren, eliciting jeers and protests from the crowd.
Footage of Logren's town-hall meeting (complete with subtitles) was recorded and posted to the internet by David Schmidt, a young pro-life videographer and founder of the website "Issues and Justice".
Although abortion groups, such as Planned Parenthood Federation of America and NARAL Pro-Choice America, continue to claim the existence of an abortion mandate is a "myth," the Associated Press instead confirmed that H.R. 3200 - the only version accessible to the general public out of five other bills on health-care reform - includes abortion coverage under the Capps Amendment.
The Capps Amendment explicitly mandates that the public health insurance option - which aims to provide for 46 million Americans who now lack coverage - will cover abortions through federal funding not restricted by the Hyde amendment. The Hyde amendment, which must be renewed on an annual basis, only prohibits federal funding going to the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) from paying for abortion. But as the AP report confirmed, that leaves open other streams of federal funding, which under the health bill (HR 3200) could be used to subsidize abortion.
Although the Capps provision forbids the proposed "Health Benefits Advisory Committee" from mandating abortion-coverage as an essential service in the "Health Insurance Exchange," it does mandate that every U.S. region have at least one abortion-covering private insurance plan. It also mandates one non-abortion-covering private insurance plan for every region.
The amendment goes on to require taxpayer subsidies in the form of "affordability credits" to flow to insurance plans that include abortion, but then demands insurers guarantee the "affordability credits" do not subsidize abortion procedures, as if somehow money loses its fungible nature.
Family Research Council first brought attention to the abortion mandate attached to HR 3200 in a provocative ad in which an elderly man finds out he is denied a surgical procedure, while the government plan covers abortions. (see FRC video)
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Obama “health care” will cover everything that in any way, supports his Marxist agenda and the building of his voter base.
You can bet that if abortion funding is not specifically denied under whatever bill gets passed, it will be covered under the public plan. That’s the way these things work.
This statement and the on camera idiocy of Obama yesterday are prime examples of why democrats were so desperate to push this monstrosity of a bill through so quickly.
They knew if there was any time for voters to read the bill and for Obama and other democrats to get in front of microphones it would be a disaster.
Instead of "DeathCare", it will now have to be "MurderCare".
Abortion will be included in ANY BILL that does not specifically exclude it.
The Catholic Churh, its Health Network Hosptials and Services and all Christian Churches and organizations must immediately ban together and demand Congress pass an amendment that bans such a service. Let’s see who votes against it? Are transgender operations covered too?
Lofgren has been flag’d for promoting fishy rumors.
“There are not five bills. There is only one bill(HR3200). Proposed legislation is still in mark up but hasn’t reached the stage of becoming a bill.”
I never said how many bills there are. It doesn’t really matter to me what legislation is or is not pending officially in the bill stage. I said “whatever bill gets passed...” because amendments will no doubt be added (possibly no more than hours) before a floor vote. Also, we can be sure other bills will be pushed if the one under current consideration fails.
Apparently Catholics United supports abortion. Would any Catholic care to comment on what the official Catholic position is on what happens to the unborn baby if no ceremonial sacraments are performed by the baby or on the baby before it is thrown in the trash?
Those who hold to election understand that each chosen person is rescued irrespective of their lifespan, but it seems that the “free will” issues of Catholicism have a difficulty here. That is, unless they use that parachute, “age of accountability”. Where again is that Scriptural reference?
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