Health Care Reform Is Far From Dead
President Obama is meeting with Democrats and Republicans in the coming days to try to work out a health care plan.
The stark reality is that both the House and Senate bills, as they now stand, go further to restrict abortion than any federal law.
The Nelson AmendmentÂ = the Stupak Amendment!
The Stupak amendment in the House bill and the Nelson amendment in the Senate bill are one and the same. They will both take away any insurance coverage for abortion that women can now obtain.The only difference is that the Stupak amendment bans abortion coverage outright while the Nelson amendment does it by placing such onerous obstacles in the path of insurance companies that they cannot afford to provide coverage.
The end result is the same: no abortion coverage in health care reform.
Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler explains why the Nelson language will lead to insurers dropping abortion coverage.Â (Click Here to Read Com. Kriedler’s Letter.)
Professor Karen Pollitz writes, â€œOne must question whether any insurer would bother offering abortion coverage at the cost of so much red tape.â€ â€œBecause health reform also requires insurers to increase their loss ratios, the two-check requirement makes it doubtful that insurers would offer abortion coverage at all.â€ (Click Here to Read Prof. Pollitz’s Analysis.)