October 15, 2011
NYC Letter: Lies The President Told Me, Part VII -- Obamacare Abortions
Day 997 of CHOPE
Special Big Lie Edition
When one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it.
Reichsminister für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda
January 12, 1941 (Die Zeit ohne Beispiel)
And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up -- under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws* will remain in place. (Applause.)
telling the Big Lie in a big forum
REMARKS TO JOINT SESSION
OF CONGRESS ON HEALTH CARE
WASHINGTON September 9, 2009 (White House)
So much for sticking to it.
WASHINGTON October 12, 2011 (LifeNews) - The Obama administration released a Statement of Administration Policy today threatening to veto a bill the House plans to vote on tomorrow that ensures no federal taxpayer funding for abortions under Obamacare.
... To hold [the president] accountable to that pledge [scil., his disambiguation above], the House of Representatives will vote Thursday on legislation that would stop abortion funding in the program. H.R. 358, Protect Life Act, makes it clear that no funds authorized or appropriated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), including tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, may be used to pay for abortion or abortion coverage. It specifies that individual people or state or local governments must purchase a separate elective abortion rider or insurance coverage that includes elective abortion but only as long as that is done with private funds and not monies authorized by Obamacare.
But the new Obama administration statement says: "The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 358 because, as previously stated in the Statement of Administration Policy on H.R. 3, the legislation intrudes on women’s reproductive freedom and access to health care and unnecessarily restricts the private insurance choices that women and their families have today."
"Longstanding Federal policy prohibits Federal funds from being used for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered," the new Obama administration statement says, referring to the Hyde Amendment, which does not apply to the Obamacare law.
... Obama officials issue the veto threat, saying, "H.R. 358 goes well beyond the safeguards found in current law and reinforced in the President’s Executive Order by restricting women’s private insurance choices. If the President is presented with H.R. 358, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill."
An EO does not supersede existing law. H.R. 358 seeks to rectify in law the funding defects of the existing law.
"All the major pro-abortion groups are now openly proclaiming what National Right to Life said all along — neither the law Obama signed, nor his executive order on abortion, prohibit federal funding of abortion in the high-risk program," Douglas Johnson, the legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee who uncovered the abortion funding, previously said.**
October 13, 2011 (LifeNews) - The House approved legislation, the Protect Life Act, to stop abortion funding in Obamacare. Senate Democrats are not expected to approve the bill and, pro-abortion President Barack Obama is expected to veto the measure if it reaches his desk.
Members voted 251-172 for the pro-life legislation, with 236 Republicans and 15 Democrats supporting the bill and 170 Democrats and two Republicans voting against it.
Giving the lie to the Big Lie.
** Mr. Johnson: "The available evidence indicates that the Obama Administration bureaucrats had no intention whatever to impede the funding of abortions through the new federal program to establish high-risk insurance pools — until NRLC sounded the alarm and put the spotlight on what they were up to."Posted by Damian at October 15, 2011 10:30 AM