Repeal of Pro-Abortion Health Care Law
Backed by Missouri Congressmen
Six members of Missouri's Congressional delegation joined their colleagues in voting to repeal President Obama's federal health care legislation adopted by Congress last year. Known as the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," the law has been vigorously opposed by the pro-life community because of its authorization of federal financing of abortion.
The repeal measure was approved on a 245-189 vote. Congressmen Todd Akin, Sam Graves, Blaine Luetkemeyer, and Billy Long, and Congresswomen Jo Ann Emerson and Vicky Hartzler voted to scuttle the pro-abortion health care bill. Congressmen Emmanuel Cleaver, Russ Carnahan, and William "Lacy" Clay voted to maintain the new federal health care law and its mandates.
Marjorie Dannensfelder, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, cheered the action by the U.S. House of Representatives. "[This] vote to repeal the pro-abortion health care law is the first step in rescinding the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade. We must avail ourselves of every opportunity to protect American taxpayers from being complicit in abortion. This is the first step in righting a grave wrong."
Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life, echoed those sentiments. "President Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was the most pro-abortion piece of legislation in American history. [This] vote is a step forward in the direction of life. While all Americans are in need of quality and affordable health care, that need should not be valued over the lives of innocent preborn Americans."
The new health care bill includes a number of alarming
provisions in which taxpayers would be underwriting abortions in health care policies offered through newly established health insurance exchanges. These provisions will primarily take effect in the year 2014.
The federal health care law will provide direct subsidies and "cost-sharing reductions" to "low to moderate income" individuals to purchase health insurance which can include abortion coverage. Tax credits will be made available to insurance companies who provide abortion coverage. Individuals who purchase health insurance through an exchange from a company that offers abortion coverage will be required to pay an abortion surcharge. This monthly abortion premium will be charged to all enrollees whether they wanted abortion coverage or not, regardless of their age, sex, or family status.
One of the major concerns about "Obamacare" is the authority granted to federal bureaucrats to intensify the new relationship between the abortion industry and the federal government. The law authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (rabidly pro-abortion Kathleen Sebelius) to define the "basis benefits package" to be included in policies included in the health insurance exchanges. The law also includes language mandating that "women's preventative care" be included in health insurance plans. The sponsor of that language, pro-abortion Senator Barbara Mikulski, said it would encompass so-called "reproductive health care," and would include "services" offered at Planned Parenthood clinics.
The Missouri General Assembly acted last year to limit the involvement of Missouri taxpayers in supporting the destruction of unborn children. The Legislature took advantage of an "abortion opt-out"
provision in the federal health care bill. The state law, sponsored by Senator Scott Rupp of Wentzville, specifies that no federal health insurance exchange established in Missouri "shall offer health insurance contracts, plans, or policies that provide for elective abortions." While that law shields Missouri taxpayers from paying for abortions in our state, it does not protect them from underwriting abortions in other states where plans are subsidized through "Obamacare."
The bill to repeal the federal health care law adopted by the U.S. House now moves to the U.S. Senate, where its prospects for passage are poor. Even if the Senate were to concur in the House action, such legislation would face a certain veto from President Obama. It would appear that there is little to no chance that either legislative chamber would be able to override a presidential veto.
The most promising strategy for reversing the pro-abortion federal health care law is a challenge to its constitutionality in the federal courts. The state of Florida is leading a multi-state lawsuit against "Obamacare," taking primary aim at the mandate that individuals must obtain health insurance coverage or face federal penalties. Twenty states are party to the lawsuit, and six more are asking to be included as plaintiffs. A federal judge in Virginia recently ruled that the "individual mandate" requirement of the law is unconstitutional.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has not chosen to seek the inclusion of the State of Missouri in the multi-state challenge to the health care law. The Missouri House and Senate have passed resolutions calling on Koster to join the lawsuit. The House passed its resolution, sponsored by Representative Ward Franz of West Plains, by a vote of 115-46. The Senate passed its resolution, sponsored by Senator Jane Cunningham, on a voice vote.
"Missouri was the first state in the nation to give its citizens the right to vote on this issue," Senator Cunningham said during the debate. "We received from our voters an overwhelming 71 percent majority. They sent a megaphone message to Washington that we want to make our own health care decisions. We do not want them controlled by the federal government."
We encourage you to share your views with your federal representatives on the repeal of the pro-abortion health care law.
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