November 9, 2009

THEY REN'T GOVERNNG THE COUNTRY THEY HOPED FOR:

Semi-Private Womb: Selling out abortion rights for health care reform. (William Saletan, Nov. 9, 2009, Slate)

To get the bill through, Pelosi traded away abortion.

Naral Pro-Choice America is furious. It points out that more than 85 percent of private health insurance plans cover abortion. By forbidding such plans from competing in the new, lucrative federally-supervised insurance exchanges, the bill would force them to drop abortion coverage. This would eliminate such coverage even for policyholders who pay their own way—"a radical departure from the status quo," the group complains.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America seems even angrier. On Saturday, it announced its opposition to the House bill. According to PPFA President Cecile Richards, the bill strips women of abortion coverage even "in the private health insurance market" and leaves them "worse off after health care reform than they are today, violating President Obama's promise to the American people that no one would be forced to lose her or his present coverage under health reform."

Welcome to socialism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 9, 2009 9:15 AM
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