Monday, December 21, 2009

URGENT: Senate trying to pass Health Care Bill with anti-choice amendment

We Need All Hands On Deck! US Senate is trying to pass a Health Care Reform Bill with anti-choice amendment. They are counting on the fact that the Holidays are here and hoping you are not paying attention. Please Take Action NOW!

Oppose Manager's Amendment in the Senate Health Care Reform Bill


Take Action NOW!

Please call Senators Schumer and Gillibrand immediately and urge them to oppose the Manager's Amendment in the Senate health care reform bill, which will effectively make abortion coverage unavailable in health insurance exchanges and, ultimately, in private insurance policies as well.

If the Manager's Amendment passes, urge your senators to oppose the entire health reform bill.

A nearly 400-page Manager's Amendment offered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), being debated currently, contains a provision every bit as bad as the infamous House-passed Stupak-Pitts Amendment. The provision was drafted to gain the vote of abortion rights opponent Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and is a complicated variation of Stupak-Pitts. It allows any state to prohibit abortion coverage in health insurance exchanges. In addition, all funds that would pay for abortion services would have to be segregated from other private funds and federal subsidies. This requirement would apply to the tens of millions of women who would buy their insurance under the new exchanges and, in the opinion of expert health policy analysts, would mean that insurers simply would not provide abortion coverage in the exchange plans. Eventually, insurers would stop offering abortion coverage altogether.

The Senate health care reform bill is highly flawed now, with the leadership having been forced by a lone senator, Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), to drop the most important components of reform: a public option and the Medicare buy-in for persons ages 55 to 64. While there are remaining aspects of the legislation that are positive, these three factors -- an abortion coverage ban, no public plan and no Medicare buy-in -- make the Senate bill unacceptable, in our view.

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