The latest version of the Health Care reform bill in the House of Representatives would use taxpayers’ money to pay for abortions:
The Pelosi health-care bill. . .authorizes the public plan to cover all elective abortions — and it will certainly do so. Can anyone imagine the Obama administration’s HHS deciding otherwise? And people receiving federal subsidies would be able to use them to purchase private insurance plans covering abortion. Which is to say that federal funds will, in a break with longstanding policy, be entangled with abortion.
With the public option, there will not even be a chance to opt out of abortion coverage. As Time magazine has reported, all enrollees in the public option will be required, by law, to put at least $1 a month into a fund that will pay for abortions, and the legislation explicitly proclaims that “nothing in this Act shall be construed as preventing the public health insurance option from providing for” abortions.
Oh, yes, as the quotation indicates, the bill will also include the “public option”; that is, a government-run insurance company to compete with private companies.
Not only that, LifeNews reports that the bill will require end-of-life counseling and that patients provide advance directives if they are open to having the doctors let them die. It will also allow taxpayer money to pay for assisted suicide in states where that is legal (Oregon, Washington).
This is to say, every controversial element that had formerly been taken out so as not to alarm the masses has been put back in!
A vote may come as early as Saturday. (Then it will have to be reconciled with the Senate bill in back room negotiations.)