Pro-Abortion Senators Hail Reid-Nelson Compromise on Abortion-Health Care

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 19, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Senators Hail Reid-Nelson Compromise on Abortion-Health Care

by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 19
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Pro-abortion senators say they are pleased with the new abortion funding language that appears in the manager’s amendment Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is offering. Reid agreed Saturday to a compromise with Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson that waters down the abortion funding ban.

Under the compromise, Nelson said it prohibits abortion funding in a way that earns his vote.

But, the compromise Nelson agreed to with Reid makes it so states could disallow abortion coverage in the new health insurance exchanges. States that don’t opt out of the abortion coverage would still force their residents to pay for abortions under the government-run health care system.

Two pro-abortion senators — Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, and Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat — hailed the compromise.

“We said all along that we wanted to ensure there was a firewall between private and public funds — this compromise achieves that,” they said in a statement. “We said we would not accept language that prohibited a woman from using her own private funds for her legal reproductive health care – this compromise meets that test.”

They added: ""And we said we would stop Stupak — which we did. Let’s be clear — we were both much happier with the Capps language and the language in the underlying bill. But compromise was necessary to get a health care bill for the American people, and this compromise achieves that."

Boxer, in comments to CNN, added that her goal was to reach a compromise to move the bill forward and said she is fine with the Reid-Nelson language.

"My goal was to try to reach some compromise so we could move forward on health care, where the basic premise was we could separate federal funds from private funds. I think we achieved that," she said.

Sen. Bill Nelson, a pro-abortion Florida Democrat, also hailed the so-called abortion funding compromise.

"Anyone who is in the exchange who also gets a federal subsidy because they’re poor, if they choose a private insurance policy and want any kind of abortion coverage, they have to write that part of the premium from their own personal funds," the Florida senator said.

Reports indicate Reid told Boxer, "It’s done" after striking the deal with Reid and the two exchanged in an embrace knowing they had 60 votes for the pro-abortion health care bill.

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