The White House has video up of an interview conducted yesterday by BlogHer with pro-abort Dept. of Health & Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius.
Thanks to Sebelius for explaining how public funding of abortions will work under the Senate healthcare plan, equally paid by all…
Let’s go over that again. When reading the transcript bear in mind Sebelius was talking about the very same abortion compromise Ben Nelson claims to have negotiated…
Sebelius: And I would say that the Senate language, which was negotiated by Sens. Barbara Boxer and Patty Murray, who are very strong defenders of women’s health services and choices for women, take a big step forward from where the House left it with the Stupak amendment, and I think do a good job making sure there are choices for women, making sure there are going to be some plan options, and making sure that while public funds aren’t used, we are not isolating, discriminating against, or invading the privacy rights of women. There would be an accounting procedure, but everybody in the exchange would do the same thing, whether you’re male or female, whether you’re 75 or 25, you would all set aside a portion of your premium that would go into a fund, and it would not be earmarked for anything. It would be a separate account that everyone in the exchange would pay.
Aarons-Mele: Hmm, it’s a bit confusing, but….
Sebelius: It is a bit confusing. But it’s really an accounting measure that would apply across the board, and not just to women, and certainly not just to women who want to choose abortion coverage.
Aarons-Mele: Oh, that’s good, that’s good.
Actually, it is not confusing. Sebelius just did a good job of trying to make it sound confusing. Simply, every pro-life taxpayer will be forced to kick in a minimum of $12 annually to fund abortions along with pro-abort taxpayers under the Senate-passed healthcare plan.
Verum Serum explains in English:
The basic compromise however is an accounting gimmick, where the federal government will require that all participants in the new insurance exchanges – men and women of all age groups – contribute a separate “abortion premium” to cover the cost of elective abortion services.
In other words, the federal government will legally compel you to contribute funds exclusively designated to pay for abortion into the new government-run system. Regardless of whether you have any personal need or desire for abortion coverage, and regardless of whether you have any religious or moral objections to abortion.
[HT: moderator carder via Gateway Pundit at First Things]