Friday, July 16, 2010

Obama Inserts Stupak Amendment Into High-Risk Pools


I wish I could say this astonishes me, but I've almost come to expect it of the Obama administration as surely as I did of Bush's:

Obama Administration Applies Stupak Amendment to High Risk Pools

By Jessica Arons
Created Jul 15 2010 - 6:04pm

This week, a commotion [1] arose over the question of whether Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans, also known as high risk pools [2], can include abortion coverage.  The Obama Administration responded immediately by imposing a total ban on abortion coverage in the pools that echoes the Stupak Amendment [3], even though nothing in the law requires such action.


Women entering these plans are, by definition, those who have experienced serious medical conditions—so serious that insurers are unwilling to sell them insurance.  In other words, those who get pregnant are already at a heightened risk for needing an abortion for health reasons when compared to the general population.


In an eleventh-hour political compromise to obtain health reform votes from antiabortion Democrats, President Obama agreed to sign an executive order [8] that reiterated the funding restrictions in health insurance exchanges and also, in direct response to last-minute concerns raised by abortion opponents, applied funding restrictions to community health centers.


So in the Obama administration, as in the Bush years, women's health has become an expediency that can be sacrificed for political purposes. Women, please take note.

1 comment:

  1. "women's health has become an expediency"----Not to mention that nearly a quarter million people are expected to die without medical coverage because of pre-condition before 2014, and that is considered a suitable compromise. We've got to take down the Obama administration next cycle or get ready for revolution in all its forms of dissent.



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