My analysis for March 19 2010, as Health Care Reform appraches a decision this weekend: It makes us all pay to make an abortion coverage fund. Thus: federally mandated abortion coverage.
Long story short (read on for more info):
I have analyzed the House’s reconciliation, and find nothing modifying the analysis I have already done regarding abortion coverage…
Now: for the lengthy analysis…
The health care reform proposal is complicated to review. Per the congressional budget office, and Washington Post, it seems that the bill consists of three parts, two of which are from the Senate, and one of which is from the House.
Harry Reid’s statement that the impending Sunday vote will be on the Senate bill, with the House revisions:
“up-or-down vote on its adjustments to the bill the Senate already passed would make our good bill even better.”
The Senate part is called HR 3590, “Title X [of the Public Health Service Act]: Strengthening Quality, Affordable Health Care for All Americans” bill.
The Manager’s Amendment, which is part of this Senate bill, since it was added before the Senate vote, is simply called “amendment;” it doesn’t ot have its own name or bill number because it is simply more of the 3590 bill. Mgr’s Amendment was added Dec 19th, and Senate voted on Dec 24th.
The amendment is still here:
As that has stood, the manager’s amendment has called for anyone getting a heath insurance plan through the federally mandated and coordinated state-level “health insurance exchanges” WOULD be paying a specific, additional fee, along with their premium, to go into a fund of money for sustaining abortion coverage for those who choose to get abortion coverage. ALL would pay this fee, NOT just a woman who CHOSE to buy an abortion service coverage policy along with her separate health insurance policy. [this is in my earlier post.]
This has NOT been reported accurately ANYWHERE that I can tell.
Please post a clear note if you believe, technically or legally, that my analysis is not accurate regarding what is getting mandated legally. This means: quote me chapter and verse of legislation, NOT someone opinion. I must have chapter and verse regarding my mis-interpretation of one of these three pieces of legislation in order to modify my opinion.
To me the Manager’s amendment is clear:
In the section of the manager’s amendment concerning abortion coverage, section 1303 (at 1303(b)(2)(B)(i)), it declares: plans will “collect from each enrollee in the plan (without regard to the enrollee’s age, sex, or family status) a separate payment for each of the following:”
“REGARDLESS OF SEX.” Quote, End-Quote. People: what more do you need to read to figure out that this is NOT a separate “rider” that will be paid for ONLY by women opting IN, with ALL money kept totally separate from federal funds, as has been portrayed?
So: if the March 18 House reconciliation CHANGES section 1303 (“special rules”) of the manager’s amendment of HR3590, then the picture of abortion coverage changes; and if the reconciliation DOES NOT change section 1303 of the manager’s amendment of HR3590, then this federally mandated universal tax to fund an abortion-coverage pool is still in play.
The new, as-yet-unseen, parts to digest are the parts in the House’s “Reconciliation” bill, “H.R. 4872,” called “THE HEALTH CARE & EDUCATION AFFORDABILITY RECONCILIATION ACT of 2010.”
It is here, along with summary/commentary…
This has JUST been made available, within the last 24 hours. So, we all have THREE DAYS to digest this before deciding whether to vote for or against a federally mandated tax on all buyers of health insurance to build an abortion-policy fund, regardless of your personal family plans and configuration, and regardless of your sex.
I have searched to see if the House reconciliation bill modifies the Seante bill at all regarding this abortion coverage law…
OK: the opencongress summary / review has NOTHING about the Section 1303 abortion fund mandate.
So, we can look at the entire Reconciliation bill; it is here…
I looked through the table of contents. I have not seen anything that would directly lead me to info regarding any adjustment of the status quo abortion coverage of the mgr’s amendment of 3940.
I searched the text for “abortion.” Nothing comes up.
I searched for “exchange.” A fair amount comes up, since this new state-level “exchange” mechanism is a big component in health care reform.
Title 1 covers the coverage issue. I thoroughly browsed “subtitle A,” “coverage. Nothing about abortion funding at all.
Subtitle E: nothing looks relevant, except, possibly, “sec 1406, health insruance providers.” So I look: Nothing relevant to abortion funding or coverage.
“Title II, subtitle B–Health”–
“Sec. 2301: insurance reforms: Nothing relevant to abortion funding or coverage.
Therefore, my analysis is that the status quo for abortion coverage in the Senate-approved health insurance reform bill is unchanged by the House Reconciliation Act HR 4872, of March 18, 2010.
Therefore, my previous assessment stands: health reform will include a federal mandate that buyers of health insurance plans, if they buy through a health insurance exchange, will contribute a separate fee or tax into a separate fund to support abortion coverage health care coverage policies. This includes men, who are explicitly noted to NOT be exempt from this, thus making it very clear that this is NOT simply a separate channel of money for females interested in this insurance to contibute to its funding and buy if they want. “Democrats” may present it that way, but I believe they are either mistaken or misleading or flat-out lying. Personally, I believe that Reid, Sebelius, Pelosi, Obama are lying. Intentionally. but that is just my opinion.
I am not sure how the Democratic party leaders are having special closed-door meeting with various congresspersons to “review” the language of the bill.
For those Pro-Life dems wavering, or that are question-marks, NONE have commented on this Section 1303. None. None say: “section 1303 called for this, but I know see that it is dead.” None.
Nowhere else do I see that the Manager’s Amendment Section 1303 is no longer in play. Nowhere.
YOU ARE FREE TO FOLLOW THE LINKS AND GO LOOK THIS STUFF UP YOURSELF. THIS IS NOT SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE.
Thank you, Opencongress.org, for supplying actual text to counterbalance the high-level lying from congress.