Vote on Health Care Likely Next Week With Fake Last-Minute Abortion Compromise
by Steven Ertelt
November 3, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A top House leader said today that lawmakers will likely push back a vote on the pro-abortion health care bill from Thursday or this weekend into the beginning part of next week. When the vote, members of the House will likely be considering a last-minute phony compromise on abortion funding.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer predicted today that the House will approve a health care bill by next Wednesday, with a vote likely coming on Tuesday.
"I’m confident of prevailing and I’m confident of prevailing before Veterans Day," the pro-abortion Maryland Democrat told reporters today, according to Politico.
However, in order to obtain enough votes — because the legislation is short by as many as seven votes due to abortion funding — Democratic leaders are working to craft a last-minute compromise to peel off enough pro-life Democrats.
As LifeNews.com reported earlier today, pro-abortion Democrat Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and pro-life Democrat Brad Ellsworth of Indiana are working on phony language that claims to ban abortion funding but doesn’t.
In comments late today, Hoyer said he’s "reasonably confident" that these phony changes to the bill will make it "very clear that any money spent on the issue of termination of pregnancy will be spent not by the government but by individuals."
But Douglas Johnson, the legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee, who already broke down the sham Ellsworth compromise amendment for LifeNews.com earlier in the day, says the amendment will be an eleventh-hour fraud.
He noted Hoyer’s comments saying House Democrats will likely circumvent a self-imposed 72-hour disclosure rule to offer the abortion amendment without giving lawmakers or the public much of a chance to fully review it.
They will likely make the abortion amendment part of the rules for debate they will bring up just before the vote on the bill rather than including it in the manager’s amendment that is expected to be revealed late today.
"The new abortion ‘compromise’ now being worked up by House Democratic Leaders (currently associated with Rep. Brad Ellsworth) may be unveiled at the last possible moment," Johnson says. "Of course — because they don’t want to allow time for its utter phoniness to be dissected by pro-life critics."
NRLC and pro-life groups received the tentative language of the Ellsworth amendment and say it is an accounting gimmick that renames taxpayer funds as private and not government funds in order to say there is no federal funding of abortion.
"We don’t care what they call the funds," Johnson told LifeNews.com.
"We don’t care who the federal agency hires to collect the funds or write the checks. The bill authorizes the federal government insurance plan (the public option) to pay for elective abortions, and that is federal funding of elective abortion. It is that simple," he said.
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