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Ed Morrissey Nails It

August 19, 2009

We DO need healthcare reform, but not this kind of reform:

On the campaign trail, Obama told Planned Parenthood that the Freedom of Choice Act, which would eliminate state restrictions on abortion and repeal the Hyde Amendment ban on federal funding for it, would be his first legislative priority. ObamaCare allows him to pass FOCA without the head-on fight. If the public option remains in the bill and it covers abortion, that will have the de facto effect of repealing the Hyde Amendment. The interstate nature of ObamaCare and the public plan may also allow the Department of Justice to fight state abortion restrictions, such as parental notification, on the grounds that the regulations interfere with interstate commerce. It’s FOCA by other means

From what I’ve read, section 123 is the part of the Bill that would most likely lead to American tax payers funding abortions. It reads, “IN GENERAL- There is established a private-public advisory committee which shall be a panel of medical and other experts to be known as the Health Benefits Advisory Committee to recommend covered benefits and essential, enhanced, and premium plans.”

Assuming I read the Bill correctly, out of this committee there are 18 members appointed directly by the President and 9 appointed by the Comptroller General who is appointed by the president. It is quite conceivable that the president would appoint 18 pro choice individuals to this committee and make abortion ‘rights’ absolutely mandatory in any health care plan, public or private.

Again, that’s assuming I read the Bill correctly.

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