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Re: What Nelson Okayed


From a pro-life congressional aide:

The Manager’s Amendment does NOT contain language similar to the Stupak amendment approved by the House.  Instead the section on abortion (starting on page 38) adds a provision allowing states to opt out of providing abortion coverage through the exchange and adds further layers of accounting requirements.  The result remains the same, contrary to longstanding policy, the federal government will subsidize private health insurance plans that cover abortion, and Americans will facilitate abortion by making it more easily available.  The result will be more lives lost to abortion and more wounded mothers.

The Manager’s Amendment also strikes the public option and replaces it with a program similar to the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) run by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  However, unlike the FEHBP, the Director of OPM will contract with health insurance companies to provide insurance that includes abortion.

The aide adds the news about the Indian gap: “Also included in the amendment is a reauthorization of the Indian Health Service with changes to the policy on abortion funding in the Indian Health Services Program.”

The aide emphasizes that “by subsidizing plans that cover abortion, it is contrary to longstanding federal law.”


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