On Monday morning, February 22, 2010, President Obama unveiled a “new” health care reform proposal, purporting to combine ideas from the Senate-passed bill, the House-passed bill, and Republican proposals. However, a careful examination of the White House proposal (which lacks actual legislative language) and statements made by members of the Obama Administration during a health care conference call on Monday reveal the truth the “new” proposal is simply a modified version of the anti-life bill that passed the Senate on Christmas Eve.
Unfortunately, while the White House was crafting modifications to the Senate bill, they failed to remove the anti-life language. Therefore, all of AUL’s concerns about the bill’s abortion-related provisions, conscience provision, and end-of-life provisions remain. Further, the White House proposal dramatically increases funding ” by 11 billion dollars ” for “community health centers” which will include Planned Parenthood abortion centers. Because the proposal lacks a blanket prohibition on the use of federal funds for abortions, these new funds could be used to directly pay for abortions.
For detailed analyses of the anti-life provisions in the Senate health care reform bill, please see the following posts: