I wrote earlier today that, much to the dismay of pro-aborts, Pennsylvania and New Mexico are being forced to revise their Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans to scratch federal funding of abortions via Obamacare after the National Right to Life Committee blew the whistle.
Now add Maryland. Credit for the following information goes to Doug Johnson of NRLC.
In a July 7 press release, MD Gov. Martin O’Malley announced that a state government entity, the MD Health Insurance Plan, would administer the new federal PCIP program in MD….
“MHIP currently operates a state high risk pool program and has the experience and expertise necessary to establish and operate the federal high risk pool program in a timely and efficient manner,” the release stated.
The bottom of the release states, “For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions.”
The FAQ document includes this information: “What benefits are offered by the MHIP Federal Plan? The MHIP Federal Plan offers the same benefit package as other MHIP plan options,” referring to the state plans that MD already had in effect.
And those plan options include abortion. See page 53 of the plan details….
Incidentally, the 1st and only director of the MD MHIP was Richard Popper, who is now overseeing the new federal PCIP program at DHHS.
“Each day brings more evidence that federal DHHS was merrily approving abortion-funding plans without a second thought,” wrote Johnson in an email. “There is no evidence that DHHS either conveyed to the states that abortion could not be included, or that DHHS had any intent of imposing such a policy, until NRLC put the spotlight on the issue.”
Kathryn Jean Lopez at NRO Online more succinctly made my point from earlier today:
[DHHS] finally issued a release yesterday assuring that they will, in fact, issue guidelines forbidding abortion coverage in the Obamacare federally funded PCIP state programs.
And today, the National Women’s Law Center [see email in this post], among others, are upset with the administration for saying they’ll do such a thing.
Which means the lie is up: Obamacare never prohibited abortion funding. It’s a matter of administrative discretion.
The Obama administration and other Democrats have been hawking the myths that a) there is some kind of global Hyde amendment that forbids all federally funded abortions and b) the executive order solves all problems.
If a and b were true, how were any state plans approved that were covering abortions?
The truth of the matter is that news today that MD was planning on funding abortions in their high-risk pool is but the tip of the iceberg….