President Obama’s health care proposal released today does nothing to address the complaints that the legislation would provide federal subsidies for abortion. The White House effectively adopted the Senate approach, which has been rejected by pro-life groups in favor of the more restrictive Stupak amendment language House version.
The National Right to Life Committee argues that the Obama proposal would actually offer more opportunities for public funding of abortion:
Douglas Johnson, the legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee, explains that Obama’s plan would also “subsidize private health insurance that covers abortion (through the premium-subsidy tax credits program).”
“If all of the President’s changes were made, the resulting legislation would allow direct federal funding of abortion on demand through Community Health Centers, would institute federal subsidies for private health plans that cover abortion on demand (including some federally administered plans), and would authorize federal mandates that would require even non-subsidized private plans to cover elective abortion,” he tells LifeNews.com today.
A full statement from the NRLC here.
Obama’s refusal to address the abortion issue could make it tougher to pass a final bill in the House given the prospect of defections from Rep. Bart Stupak and other pro-life Democrats.