Thursday, March 11, 2010

Abortion and Obamacare

As Obamacare continues to flounder like a fish pulled onto dry land, it's important to see the issue that will ultimately (and hopefully IMO) kill this baby, pun intended. Abortion is the main issue (although increasing our deficit and creating a permanent welfare state should also be concerns, unless your the Democratic party and hope to maintain voter, sorry, welfare rolls).

Some claim the Senate bill doesn't actually provide abortion coverage, but instead places an optional opportunity that allows people to voluntarily join plans under which abortion can be covered. This is true, whereas the Stupak amendment does not allow this option in the House's version of the plan.

However, it's important to note that the issue those who are against abortion and against healthcare have is that money would be directed towards abortion. And it would be. Quibbling over whether its optional or not pushes the argument away from where it actually rests. My biggest problem with "Obamacare" as based on the Senate model is that federal funds (money contributed by taxpayers) could go towards a procedure that kills a life. End of story.

For more coverage on this issue and whether health care reform is actually dead, here are some stories from the past week:

An article on the Massachusetts Health Care reform signed by Mitt Romney, which does cover abortions.

An article or two on Stupak and his 10-12 members which could derail HCR.

And finally, failing a vote, whether the House can use legislative rules to bypass a vote actually on HCR and pull the wool over the public's eyes.

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