Douglas Johnson from the National Right to Life Committee points out this afternoon that the federally funded Maryland high-risk pool was going to use federal funds for abortion coverage in their new Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), too. Just like in Pennsylvania and New Mexico.
(National Right to Life Committee has looked through five states’ documentation, and an abortion-funding siren has gone off in three of them.)
After NRLC, NR, the House Republican leader, and others highlighted this from the Pennsylvania and New Mexico plans this week, the Department of Health and Human Services 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, among others, are upset with the administration for saying they’ll do such a thing.
Which means the lie is up: Obamcare 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 Maryland was planning on funding abortions in their high-risk pool is but the tip of the iceberg. Don’t be surprised if another story drops. And if it’s not a high-risk pool. And the administration will have to provide a new myth or actually act — as HHS is saying it plans to — to prohibit that which is not currently prohibited.
But don’t expect them to admit they’ve been lying to us all this time.