Six Questions to Ask President Obama at the Health Care Summit

February 23, 2010

President Obama made a promise that

no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.

This Thursday, February 25th, a select group of leaders from both parties are attending a White House health care summit. Our Washington staff is engaged in outreach to this select group. We’ve put together an action sheet with six specific questions to ask President Obama about his health care proposal.

Please add your name to our petition to let the health care conferees know that you want them to ask about the six topics covered below:

February 23, 2010

Dear Conferees:

I am writing on behalf of Americans United for Life Action to express our strong concerns over the Administration’s health care proposal, released on February 22, 2010.

The President and Administration officials have stated that no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion and federal conscience laws will remain in place. The President has not carried through on his promise in his current proposal, and in fact his plan creates a radical departure from existing law and policy.

As you go into the Health Care Summit this Thursday, we urge you to raise the following issues with the President and Democratic leaders on respecting life in health care reform.

1. Under the President’s proposal, as in the Senate passed bill, the Health Resources and Services Administration has the power to require private insurance plans to include abortion coverage as part of “preventive care.” If that happens, Americans will have no opportunity to avoid paying for abortions.

2. The President’s proposal also allows insurance plans that receive federal subsidies to cover abortions. This is a clear departure from existing law, which forbids federal funds from subsidizing insurance plans that cover abortions (see, e.g. the Hyde Amendment and the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program). While it is true that the President’s proposal and the Senate-passed bill provide that federally funded subsidies cannot directly pay for those abortions that currently cannot be paid for by federal funds under the Hyde amendment (all abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother), that separation will be rendered meaningless if the Hyde amendment, which must be added to an appropriations bill every year, is ever eliminated. Pro-abortion lawmakers are committed to getting rid of the Hyde Amendment, and it is perhaps not cynical to see this as the first step in a two-step plan to do that. If they succeed in getting rid of the Hyde Amendment, these new federal subsidies will directly pay for any and all abortions.

3. The President’s proposal and the Senate-passed bill create a new abortion tax. Under the President’s plan and the Senate-passed bill, ALL individuals who participate in plans in the Exchange that include elective abortion coverage, even if they do so unwittingly, will directly pay part of their own premiums into an account that pays for nothing but elective abortions. The plan provides that each and every enrollee in such a plan (or their employer on their behalf) must write a separate check for elective abortion coverage, even if that enrollee never intends to have an abortion. In an apparent attempt to hide this abortion tax, the language in the Senate-passed bill prohibits insurance plans from emphasizing this requirement to prospective enrollees. Further, many individuals may not have the choice to enroll in a plan that does not cover abortions. If John Doe works for XYZ, a small business, and XYZ decides to enroll John and the rest of its employees in an insurance plan that includes abortion coverage in an exchange, John and his coworkers will be forced to pay this abortion tax.

4. Under the President’s proposal, as in the Senate-passed bill, states will have to act to prevent subsidies from going to plans that cover abortions in their state, turning on its head the traditional federal approach to abortion.

5. The President’s proposal, as in the Senate bill appears to permit a rationing of care for the most seriously ill and frail patients. Patients who survive under our current system may die prematurely if such rationing took effect. Also, the President’s proposal does not explicitly ban assisted suicide with the use of federal funds. Both of these defects in the plan must be addressed.

6. The President’s proposal, as in the Senate bill, does not provide adequate conscience protection. The President’s proposal does not explicitly prohibit any government entity or program (federal, state, or local) from discriminating against health care providers that do not want to participate in abortions. This defect in the legislation should be corrected.

Finally, we note that today’s proposal includes substantial funding for community health centers, with no prohibition on the use of that funding for abortions. Such funding must not extend to Planned Parenthood, as it did in the Senate bill, an organization whose abortion services are deeply offensive to most Americans.

In closing, we urge you to raise these concerns with President Obama and your Democratic colleagues during the Heath Care Summit. AUL stands ready to assist you in any way possible to ensure these important issues are settled and life is respected in our laws.
Sincerely,
Charmaine Yoest, Ph. D.
President & CEO
Americans United for Life Action 

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{ 33 comments }

ROBERTA SHORT February 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm

KEEP ABORTION OUT OF HEALTHCARE

Tom Egan February 23, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Do not use these unconstitutional measures to ram socialized health care down our throats.

Cheryl Albig February 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Abortion is not health care!

TROY WILSON February 23, 2010 at 1:09 pm

KEEP ABORTION OUT OF HEALTHCARE

Richard Mayer February 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm

If you think Health Insurance is expensive now just wait until it’s FREE!

MaryAnn Berman February 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Please don’t compromise on this bill. Starting from scratch is the only way to go. NO GOVERNMENT HEALTHCARE is acceptable.

Elizabeth Swope February 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Please, keep abortion out of healthcare!!!

Mary Buhr February 23, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Keep abortion out of healthcare!!!

Greg Buhr February 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Keep your promise to never use federal funds to pay for abortions!

Bill Brucks February 23, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Please tell me when President Obama has been truthful! “I did not really know Bill Ayers”. ” I did not know Rev. Wright has preaching such hateful positions”. “I really did not know that much about ACORN”.

How does he lie his way out of the video, that a Republican congressman found, where Pres. Obama said he has worked closely with ACORN “every step of the way”! The man is a compulsive liar and does not know when he is telling the truth.

Abortion??? Again, when he said he would not back any proposal where federal funds would pay for abortion, he lied.

How sad! This man will go down in our country’s history as the worst president we have ever had.

Carlos de la Torre February 23, 2010 at 1:20 pm

5TH comanment : YOU SHALL NOT KILL.
Please repect the Lord work

kathryn derderian February 23, 2010 at 1:21 pm

totally stop abortion/you are murdering children

Miriam Johnson February 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Leave abortion out of health care. I do not want my tax dollars supporting abortion.

Rosa Maria Coles February 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Abortion is not taking care of health it is destroying health-baby and mother’s health.
Keep abortion out of Healthcare.

Chrisney Crafton February 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm

No Abortions from Federal Funds. Let’s try to keep atleast one promise!!! Look at the big picture! Do not forsake your moral conscience just to get this healthcare reform under way. You are forsaking everything that matters for pride. To make something happen, that maybe just shouldn’t.

kathryn derderian February 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm

please stop abortion. you are murdering children

zaida Gutierrez February 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Abortion bring death, keep abortion OUT of healthcare

Helen M. Orolin February 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Need to totally stop aborton because they are murdering children and to leave abortion out of health care. I do not want my tax dollars supporting abortion.

Doreen Novacek February 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Too many people are without health care….why keep abortion in the bill which has nothing to do with health care. Many young couples are wanting to adopt babies give them a chance to adopt instead of killing a baby that could have been adopted.

Connie Rielley February 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Please, KEEP ABORTION OUT OF HEALTHCARE. The future of our great nation is dependent on LIFE.

melanie-utah February 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Abortion is MURDER!!!! How can you live with yourself knowing you have KILLED
an innocent baby who cannot speak for themself.

Dave February 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Nothing is better than something bad. Don’t just push it though to say you did it when it will be impossible to fix the problems once they are approved. Stop, Take a breath, and Get it right. Even if it means starting over with a blank piece of paper. Abortion is not birth control nor is is a dietary / weight loss fad.

GEORGE KNOOP February 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm

PLEASE stop killing our future

Monica Meli February 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm

If women are allowed to kill their own child, what’s stopping me from killing you and you from killing me? There is nothing. Moms who view abortion as an option are struggling with the decision themselves – in their heart, they KNOW its wrong. Funding abortions will only confuse mothers more and make them think that “It’s okay.” Help these mothers by giving them another way out — use the funds to help single moms and women who cannot make it financially.

Curtis Schroeder February 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Abortion is not a health issue. Life is in the balance on the desicions you make. I cannot believe that we have come this far as we are debating the liife or death of a child that could be yours or mine, where is the descency and moral character of this nation? Please urge our pres to stand by his promise, as all of you did when getting elected. No more self serving, time to act upon the people’s agenda, NO TAX PAYER FUNDED ABORTION!

Eileen Collopy February 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Even people who aren’t “pro-life” do not want their tax dollars funding abortion, why is Mr. Obama trying to force us to pay for abortions????

Jeff Quinton February 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Thank you for your comments here, but you must click on the link to sign the petition. The comments on this post are not for the petition. Thanks.

Neil Lynch February 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Absolutely NO federal funding for abortion!

PAT FERRELL February 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm

PLEASE KEEP ABORTION OUT OF HEALTHCARE AS PROMISED. MAYBE THEN WE CAN BEGIN TO BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU SAY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

Dolores Cole February 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm

This government takeover of healthcare is one more step to bankrupting our beloved country. Healthcare is needed, but if JOBS ARE PROVIDED that will solve much of the problems. Scrap this nonsensical huge document you call healthcare and START OVER!

Bue Eason February 23, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Abortion is murder. I do not want my tax dollars envolved.

Dennis Berry February 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm

I ask you as a United States citizen to keep your promise of no funding of abortion, and to keep the conscience clause protecting those who appose abortion.

Virginia Mohr February 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm

President Obama;
Another promise broken. Why do we the taxpayers have to pay for something we do not believe in? Please leave abortion out of health care. I do not want my tax dollars supporting abortion

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