President's health care reform proposal worse than Senate bill on abortion funding
President Obama's new health care reform proposal is simply the Senate-passed bill warmed over. It not only leaves intact the current Senate bill language funding abortions, it makes matters worse. It dramatically increases funding (by $11 billion) for "community health centers" which will include Planned Parenthood abortion mills, with no restriction on the use of this federal money to pay directly for abortions. In a recent Quinnipiac poll, 67% of Americans said they oppose the inclusion of taxpayer-funded abortion in health care reform legislation.
There are more problems with Obama's plan.
- Under the President's proposal, federal tax dollars will subsidize private insurance plans (and some federally administered plans) that offer abortion coverage;
- The President's proposal, as in the Senate-passed bill, empowers an unelected administrative agency (the Health Resources and Services Administration [HRSA]) to require private insurance plans to include abortion coverage as "preventive care." If HRSA arbitrarily deems abortion "preventive care," people will not be able to avoid paying for abortions;
- The President's proposal and the Senate-passed bill establish an abortion tax. All individuals who are covered by plans in the insurance exchange that include elective abortion will be forced to write a separate premium check (or their employer on their behalf) toward an account that pays only for elective abortions, even if the employee never intends to have an abortion. That amount cannot be less than $12.00 annually. Many individuals will be unable to avoid this tax if their employers choose a plan that covers abortion;
- Provisions in the President's proposal and the Senate-passed bill, including "comparative effectiveness research" and forcing Medicare payments below the rate of medical inflation, will likely lead to rationing of essential medical care for seriously ill and frail patients. Moreover, language in the President's proposal would severely hamper, if not prohibit, individuals' current ability to supplement their Medicare coverage by purchasing Medicare Advantage Plans. Finally, there is no explicit ban on the use of federal funds for assisted suicide in either plan;
- Under the President's proposal, government entities or programs will not be explicitly prohibited from discriminating against health care providers of conscience who refuse to participate in the killing of preborn children.
The problems described above are so egregious that the entire health care reform effort should be scrapped and begun anew.
According to Judie Brown, President of American Life League, the road to health care reform should be paved with Christ-centered principles, not Obama-centered. We could not agree more. Christ-centered principles foster an openness to, and protection for, human life from conception to natural death. Pro-Life Wisconsin proudly stands with American Life League in saying:
"NO to abortion; NO to contraception; NO to sterilization; NO to embryo destructive research; NO to euthanasia; NO to assisted suicide; and NO to health care rationing."
Pro-Life Wisconsin opposes the President's health care reform proposal, not only because of the abortion funding but also the certainty of rationed care for the elderly, massive funding of abortifacient birth control, and lack of conscience protections for pharmacists and pharmacies. There are just too many problems with the bill and no political will to fix them.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Please call or email your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator and tell them to oppose the President's health care reform proposal. The bill's massive funding of abortion will cause millions more preborn children to perish. Tell him/her to "KEEP ABORTION OUT OF HEALTH CARE!"
You may go to http://waml.legis.state.wi.us/ for Wisconsin Congressional Delegation contact information (after typing in your street address, scroll down to U.S. Congress to find your U.S. Representative). Or call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
- Contact Senator Russ Feingold:
PH: (202) 224-5323; WEB: http://feingold.senate.gov/contact_opinion.html
- Contact Senator Herb Kohl:
PH: (202) 224-5653; WEB: http://kohl.senate.gov/contact.cfm
We thank all of you who have called, emailed or visited your congressmen in the past eight months. May God, the Lord of Life, bless our effort.