Not only does Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s health care bill strip the Stupak abortion language that was approved by the House, but it actually requires at least one plan in each of the the state-based government insurance exchanges to offer abortion coverage.
In addition, the Reid bill would allow the new government-run insurance plan to cover abortion — provided that the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines that no federal tax dollars are being used to subsidize abortions.
While the Stupak amendment would prevent any abortion coverage on the government plan and prohibit anybody who uses taxpayer subsidies from getting an abortion, the Reid bill simply calls for a “segregation of funds.” The idea would be to prevent tax dollars from paying for the actuarial value of abortion coverage in any plan purchased with government subsidies.
The National Right to Life Committee has blasted the language as “completely unacceptable.”
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