Obama Campaign Silent on Health Care Plan Including Tax-Funded Abortions

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 7, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Obama Campaign Silent on Health Care Plan Including Tax-Funded Abortions

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 7
, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — While some Barack Obama backers are hoping to provide cover for his pro-abortion positions by saying he will advocate better health care, the Obama campaign is coming under criticism for refusing to say whether his governmental health care plan will require Americans to pay for abortions.

Obama, who supports unlimited abortions throughout pregnancy for any reason, is promoting a health care plan that would mandate employer-sponsored health care and use targeted taxes to socialize medicine for low-income families.

Although the plan is clear in some respects, it is hazy vis-a-vis the abortion question.

John McCormack, a writer for the magazine Weekly Standard, hoped to resolve the question recently.

"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," he writes.

"I really don’t know the specifics of that," Sebelius 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," McCormack adds.

"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?" McCormack asks.

Without a specific answer, voters are forced to guess what Obama’s plan would do.

McCormack points to the speech Obama gave to Planned Parenthood activists in July 2007, where he pledged to cover abortions in any national health care plan.

"In my mind reproductive care is essential care. It is basic care, and so it is at the center, the heart of the plan that I propose," Obama said. "We’re going to set up a public plan that all persons and all women can access if they don’t have health insurance. It’ll be a plan that will provide all essential services, including reproductive services"

Mike Dorning of the Chicago Tribune followed up on the Obama speech and reported that an Obama representative said "reproductive services" included abortions.

Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, hopes the question comes up during tonight’s debate. He tells LifeNews.com that voters deserve an answer before they head to the polls.

"Although most of his proposal is straightforward, one element of Obama’s plan is still confusing voters. Does it or doesn’t it include universal coverage for abortion?" he said.

Perkins said making taxpayers fund abortion in a health care plan would be a turn-off to voters.

"If abortion coverage is an element of Obama’s plan, a poll commissioned by FRC earlier this year shows that it would be to his detriment," he explained.

"A majority of voters (56%) said they would be ‘less likely’ to vote for a presidential candidate proposing universal abortion coverage compared to 31% who would be ‘more likely’ to support such a candidate."

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