Proposed health care reform, as if it was not controversial enough on its own, has become entangled with two of the hottest of hot button issues: abortion and illegal immigration. We’ll address the latter in a separate post. As for the former, it’s not just the specter of government-funded abortions that horrifies pro-lifers. It’s also the fact that an abortion tax would be levied on everyone enrolled in so-called public option. The U.S. House leaderships explains how this would happen:
Beginning on line 7, p. 118, section 1303 under “Voluntary Choice of Coverage of Abortion Services” the Health and Human Services Secretary is given the authority to determine when abortion is allowed under the government-run health plan. Leader Reid’s plan also requires that at least one insurance plan offered in the Exchange covers abortions (line 13, p. 120).
What is even more alarming is that a monthly abortion premium will be charged of all enrollees in the government-run health plan. It’s right there beginning on line 11, page 122, section 1303, under “Actuarial Value of Optional Service Coverage.” The premium will be paid into a U.S. Treasury account – and these federal funds will be used to pay for the abortion services.
Read the full press release here. For more information on the public funding of abortion pre-Obama, click here. Of course, in what has become something of a ritual for incoming presidents, Obama reversed a ban on funding of international clinics that provide abortions when he came into office. Here is a CNN report on the reversal.