Archive for December, 2009
Yesterday’s respected Quinnipac poll shows 72% of Americans don’t want abortion funded in health care– but that will happen in the Senate health care bill President Obama supports.
Politico reports today that White House officials are conceding the abortion divide could keep any health care bill from moving forward until after Obama’s State of the Union address in late January.
Any delay in achieving health reform is unwelcome by Obama, whose popularity continues to plummet. Today’s Rassmussen poll shows 55% of likely voters now disapprove of his performance, 44% strongly so.
Kansas U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback says, in an opinion piece yesterday, that
“ the abortion funding divide is now the central debate in reconciling the differences between (more…)
As the White House pressured pro-life Rep. Bart Stupak to be silent about his opposition to the new Senate health bill abortion language, HHS head Sebelius was giving an interview on the White House website, assuring the “BlogHerSphere” that women would not have to take out separate, and embarrassing, additional insurance riders to cover abortion.
Both House and Senate bills are creating government management of health insurance “‘exchanges,” but only the “Stupak-amended” House version really prevents (more…)
Pro-lifers are grasping for any ray of hope after Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson’s abortion sellout this weekend—in which he “blessed” a worthless abortion proposal in order to advance a health bill to a vote by Christmas Eve.
However, Rep. Bart Stupak, who sponsored an authentic ban on abortion funding which became part of the House health reform bill, says, unlike Nelson, he will “hold firm.”
UPDATE, Dec. 24: Stupak insists he cannot be bought off with legislative favors.
The anti-life provisions of Senate Majority Leader Reid’s “Manager’s Amendment” to the Senate Health Care Reform bill that passed it’s first hurdle late last night (and why it was so tragic that Sen. Nelson caved in) is explained in the National Right to Life Committee’s letter to the U.S. Senate here. Related Life News story here.
Posted in Blog, Euthanasia, Federal Legislation, Health Care Reform, NRLC, tagged Center for Practical Bioethics, Kathleen Sebelius, rationed care, Reid-Nelson agreement, Tom Coburn on December 20, 2009| Leave a Comment »
Oklahoma U.S. Senator, and physician, Tom Coburn is warning about the disasters lurking in the senate health proposals.
Because MEDICAID already underpays doctors, he says, the expansion of those eligible for Medicaid (ushered in by the new Reid-Nelson agreement) will further backlog those already waiting to see the limited number of doctors (in Kansas, more than 15,000 patients). Maryland auditors say their backlog of 17,000 resulted in 250 patient deaths. Coburn also warns:
“Seniors will die sooner if Congress actually implements the MEDICARE cuts in the health-care bill …rationing provisions (more…)