Abortion in the Health Care Plan

The Wall Street Journal is as fair an arbiter of fact as there is in this culture.  This article is required reading for anyone trying to sort out what abortions are paid for with what money under the various proposed plans.

Does Health Care Cover Abortion?

Fact Checking the Fact Checkers

You know things have gotten confusing when even the independent “fact checking” organizations can’t agree with each other. The question that tripped them up: Does health care reform cover abortion or not?

FactCheck.org last week said President Barack Obama was misleading when he claimed that his health care reform wouldn’t cover abortion. “It’s a matter of fact,” the non-partisan Web site declared, “that it would allow both a ‘public plan’ and newly subsidized private plans to cover all abortions.” PoliFact, on the other hand, earlier sided with the White House, declaring a statement from Republican leader Rep. John Boehnera “false” that Mr. Obama’s health care reform “will require (Americans) to subsidize abortion with their hard-earned tax dollars.”

The most recent blowup came when Mr. Obama declared, during a call with religious supporters, “You’ve heard that this is all going to mean government funding of abortion. Not true.”

The National Right to Life Committee’s Douglas Johnson responded that Mr. Obama’s health care plan “explicitly authorizes the government plan to cover all elective abortions.”

What on earth is going on?

To understand requires us to take a journey into the legislative weeds, but here’s my bottom line: Those who claim abortion clearly is covered, and those who say it clearly isn’t, are both wrong.

I especially like the “cut through the BS” technique the author proposes – though it will never happen – the White House Press Corps use.

(Memo to the White House press corps: Please ask Mr. Obama, Robert Gibbs or Kathleen Sebelius the following: “The health care legislation gives the HHS Secretary the authority to decide whether abortion is covered. Will you commit right now that abortion will not be covered?”)

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