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Big Abortion’s big lies about the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

taxpayer funding abortionWorld Magazine gives the backdrop:

President Barack Obama last year told Americans he was sorry after it became clear that his oft-repeated claim, “If you like your insurance, you can keep it,” was demonstrably false.

Obama has been much slower, however, to admit fault for another dishonest claim: He secured the final votes for the Affordable Care Act from pro-life Democrats with the promise that federal funds would not be used to pay for abortions.

In 2010, Obama signed an executive order toward that end – even as some Republicans said it wasn’t worth the paper it was written on – but a new Kaiser Foundation study finds 6.1 million women will gain elective abortion insurance coverage through Obamacare, paid for in part by government subsidies.

The House on Tuesday voted to change that, passing the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act with a 227 to 188 bipartisan tally. The bill would bar taxpayer funding for abortion in Obamacare plans obtained after Jan. 1, 2015. In the interim, it would require insurance companies to clearly disclose which plans include abortion coverage.

(As an aside, abortion proponents like former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards also agreed Obama’s EO wasn’t worth the paper it was written on.)

In addition to the aforementioned, HR7 would make the Hyde Amendment and other current abortion funding prohibitions permanent. Currently these are riders tacked on annually to multiple spending bills. The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for abortions except for rape and incest. HR7 ensures that Obamacare conforms with the Hyde Amendment, as promised by Obama.

Simple, right? No, never. Pro-abortion Congressman Henry Waxman (who just announced he’s retiring, yeah!) protested, “This is propaganda, it’s political. The Republicans are trying to make people believe their taxpayer dollars are being used to pay for abortions. It’s not true.”

Ok, if it’s not true, then why fight the bill? it won’t make any difference, right?

But here’s Planned Parenthood’s spin:


I spoke with a Hill staffer who has been working closely on HR7 and who gave me a rebuttal to pass along to you of PP’s above five bullet points, in order:

1. HR 7 only addresses the types of plans that can be paid for using Obamacare subsidies. It specifically allows abortion coverage using private dollars and even specifies that abortion can be purchased as a separate rider, if the consumer chooses.

2. If one wants to purchase her own health insurance coverage, it’s permitted under HR7. HR7 only addresses the kinds of plans that taxpayer subsidies can pay for by applying the Hyde amendment to Obamacare. The Hyde Amendment has not had a health exception in decades, and it would be inconsistent to add one now.

3. The Congressional Budget Office and Americans for Tax Reform have said HR7 is tax neutral. It is not a net tax increase. The “taxes” impacted are actually subsidies paid directly to the insurance company when a person purchases a plan on an Obamcare exchange. In fact the CBO estimates that by 2023 nearly 90% of these subsidies (labeled as tax credits) will be direct spending by the treasury, not reductions in tax liability. These subsidies would continue to be available to plans in the exchange that exclude elective abortion. Again, individuals would still have the option to purchase separate supplemental abortion coverage. Also, HR7 as passed in the House has no impact on tax deductions or credits made available separate from Obamacare.

4. All individual and small/large business comprehensive health insurance coverage would remain in effect if they were in effect prior to Obamacare. The only small employer tax credit that comes into consideration is a special Obamacare credit for a small number of employers that meet certain criteria and agree to purchase insurance coverage for their employees on the Obamacare exchanges. Obamacare already requires these employers to purchase their plans on the exchanges, HR7 would just ensure that the plans available for this special incentive do not include elective abortion.

5. Again, this bill’s verbiage is taken from the Hyde Amendment, which states there is no funding for abortion and no funding for insurance coverage that includes abortion except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. There is no health exception in the Hyde amendment. But, under HR 7 women can still purchase separate abortion riders or plans with abortion coverage with their own money.

Stanek Sunday funnies 6-24-12

Here were my top five favorite political cartoons for the week, beginning with two portraying how I hope the U.S. Supreme Court will decide on the Obamacare mandate, anticipated this week…

by Tom Toles at GoComics.com

 by Kevin Kallaugher at GoComics.com

 Moving on to mainstream media bias, by Michael Ramirez at Townhall.com

 The cartoon refers to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell mocking Mitt Romney this week via a heavily edited video making Romney appear out-of-touch by finding a food chain’s touch pad sandwich ordering system “amazing”…

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 In actuality, Romney was pointing out that the private sector is innovative and competitive as compared to the federal government. Here was Mitchell’s nonapology the following day. Mitchell quickly tried to segue to another dig at Romney on the illegal immigration issue, but as Medialite noted, it laughably got fumbled…

by liberal Tony Auth at GoComics.com, portraying the exact opposite of reality…

 Closing out with a cartoon on Obama’s executive order stopping the deportation of children of illegal immgrants, by Ken Catalino at Townhall.com….

 It is always incredible to me when this radically pro-abortion/pro-infanticide president attempts to portray himself as a defender of children. About his order he said in a speech this week to Latinos:

“These are all our kids,” he declared….

Reflecting on his own life as the first African-American president, he said: “When I meet these young people, all throughout communities, I see myself. Who knows what they might achieve? I see my daughters, and my nieces, and my nephews.”

Is he kidding me? Who does he (not) see when forced to view graphic photos of aborted babies at campaign stops?

Emanuel says Stupak bloc had them beat and EO does “not exist by law”

1/18, 7:36p: David Freddoso at WashingtonExaminer.com has a comment on this, as does Kathryn Lopez at NRO Online.

1/18, 7:26p: Well, Lawdy, Speaker Boehner’s office has picked up on the Emanuel admission in a fact check:

Dem Claim: ObamaCare does not promote taxpayer funding of abortion, and legislation is not needed to keep abortions from being funded by taxpayer dollars under ObamaCare.

FACT: In a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune editorial board, facing questions about his commitment to the pro-abortion cause, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel emphasized that the Executive Order on abortion signed by President Obama in March 2010 – ostensibly to eliminate the need for the pro-life Stupak Amendment to be attached to ObamaCare – does not carry the force of law, and as such, has the seal of approval of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others who oppose a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion (Chicago Tribune, 1/14/11). Emanuel also seemed to acknowledge that the EO was a maneuver by the Obama Administration to circumvent a bipartisan majority in the House – and the will of the American people – which supported the pro-life Stupak amendment.

[HT: LifeNews.com]

1/18, 9:10a: INC at RedState.com doesn’t think Stupak was buffaloed at all:

In my opinion Stupak was not so much hoodwinked as looking for a rationale he thought would pass public muster and provide him with a façade to enable him to support Obamacare.  Unfortunately for Stupak, the public found Stupak’s words deceptive.  Unfortunately for America and her unborn citizens, they found Stupak’s principles deceptive.

1/17, 1:19p: On January 14 the Chicago Tribune editorial board met with the Chicago mayoral candidates, including Barack Obama’s former chief-of-staff, Rahm Emanuel.

During that meeting the topic of Obamacare came up and along with it a discussion of the Stupak Amendment.

Emanuel made two interesting statements.

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(Prolifer)ations 10-18-10

Thumbnail image for blog buzz.jpgby Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN

  • Life Training Institute quotes author and producer Nora Ephron, who recently claimed, “You can’t call yourself a feminist if you don’t believe in the right to abortion.” LTI’s response:

    … Nora Ephron’s feminism is weak because it is not feminism at all. As Dr. Francis Beckwith points out in Defending Life, stating that abortion is necessary for the equality of women is to say that women in their natural state are unequal to men and need legal access to a surgical procedure in order to have a competitive chance. That is a very inspiring view of women you have to offer there, Nora.

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National Right to Life vs. Democrats for Life

As Jivin J indicated in his post today, FactCheck.org yesterday agreed with the National Right to Life Committee that PA’s federally funded high risk insurance pool would have covered all abortions except “those ‘sought solely because of the sex of the unborn child'” had not NRLC sounded the alarm.
NRLC and other pro-life groups maintain this loophole is one of many yet to be discovered in the new 2k page healthcare law, despite Obama and pro-life Democrats’ assurances that the combination of the Nelson Amendment and Obama’s executive order ban federally funded abortions from Obamacare unless for rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.
On July 17 Charles Krauthammer, a pro-abort I might add, said on Fox the PA controversy was evidence “Stupak was taken. He couldn’t stand the heat on this….”

But on July 18 Democrats for Life of America issued a fundraising appeal, making harsh accusations against NRLC in the process. Click to enlarge…

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New Stanek WND.com column, “Obama toadies vs. abortion freeloaders”


Obama sycophant SodaHead’s July 15 blog post headline blared, “Latest Right-Wing Lie Blows Up In Their Faces: NO FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ELECTIVE ABORTION.”
SodaHead was attempting to beat back conservatives who were in an uproar over National Right to Life’s finding that federal funding for PA’s health insurance high-risk pool includes abortion coverage….
Likewise, another of Obama’s online guardians, Media Matters, quickly hurled a 1,700-word tome into the blogosphere with such cocky subtitles as (emphasis mine), “[Glenn] Beck repeats discredited claim that Obama admin has OK’d federal funding for elective abortions”….
The only problem is the abortion industry agrees with (all) pro-lifers (other than Democrats) that Obama’s executive order didn’t apply to high-risk pools and were furious when in the wake of NRLC’s discovery a busted White House quickly directed DHHS to write rules ensuring that federal funds indeed would not go toward abortion in state high-risk pools….

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Pro-life Democrats: Stir over abortion funding in high risk pools much ado about nothing

stop taxpayer funded abortions.JPGI’ve been writing today (here and here) about the controversy surrounding the discovery that MD, NM, and PA had planned to use federal funds received for their Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans via Obamacare for abortions until National Right to Life exposed them.
According to ABC News, a spokesperson for the PA Insurance Dept. said the abortion funding language in its PCIP “was just ‘a placeholder‘ and that ‘the bottom line is we will abide by all federal regulations….'”
Kristen Day, head of Democrats for Life, forwarded me her group’s statement, adding, “People may not like my response but here it is”…

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Caught! Obama administration backpedals on abortion in PA healthcare plan; pro-aborts furious

abortion is not healthcare.jpgOn July 13 the pro-life world went ballistic after the National Right to Life Committee revealed that the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan DHHS had approved for PA included federal funding for abortion.
Backing up, per Obamacare, every state must either create its own PCIP, aka “high risk pool,” or implement the federal PCIP, to provide temporary health insurance people who do not presently qualify for individual health insurance due to a preexisting condition….

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