Wall St. Journal Also Confirms House Health Care Bill Has Tax-Funded Abortions
by Steven Ertelt
August 27, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Wall St. Journal is the latest mainstream media outlet to confirm what pro-life advocates have been saying for months. It has acknowledged that the House version of the government-run health care plan allows for taxpayer financing of abortions.
Although President Barack Obama has accused pro-life advocates of lying and leading pro-abortion groups deny that abortion funding is in the bill, pro-life advocates have said as much.
On the House side of Congress, they point to an amendment that not only explicitly authorizes funding, but mandates abortion coverage in the system HR 3200 creates.
Today, the WSJ confirms that provision, known as the Capps amendment, paves the way for making taxpayers fund abortions with the money they contribute to the government-run system.
"An amendment approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee would allow coverage of abortion," the respected financial newspaper reported. WSJ added that the taxpayer money paying for abortions would "come from the portion of the premiums that are paid by the individuals."
"A sliver of those monthly premiums would be segregated and abortion services would be reimbursed from that separate account," the Journal indicated.
"The amendment also says there would have to be at least one plan that covers abortion and one that doesn’t in every part of the country," the Journal adds.
The confirmation from the Journal follows an Associated Press report with the headline, "Gov’t insurance would allow coverage for abortion."
"Health care legislation before Congress would allow a new government-sponsored insurance plan to cover abortions, a decision that would affect millions of women and recast federal policy on the divisive issue," AP indicated earlier this month.
AP admitted that the Capps amendment "would allow the public plan to cover abortion" with "dollars from beneficiary premiums." It added, "Likewise, private plans in the new insurance exchange could opt to cover abortion."
Later, the nonpartisan FactCheck web site confirmed that the health care bills in Congress allow taxpayer-funded abortions.
Then, Time magazine also confirmed what pro-life advocates have been saying.
"The health-care reform proposed by House Democrats, if enacted, would in fact mark a significant change in the Federal Government’s role in the financing of abortions," Time explained.
The main House bill, HR 3200, "does find a way for the Federal Government to expand the coverage of abortion services through a government-run program the so-called public option."
Finally, the Washington Times jumped in the discussion this week and acknowledged that taxpayer-funding of abortion and insurance coverage mandates appear in the government-run health care bills.
"President Obama isn’t being straight when he says current health care proposals don’t provide government funding for abortion. They do," the Times newspaper said Monday. "If Democratic plans are passed, your taxes will pay for abortions."
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