The Senate health care proposal, already termed a historic monstrosity by U.S. Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, just grew another head with an 11th-hour “abortion compromise” crafted by Democrat pro-abortion leaders to appease Sen. Ben Nelson.
The House had already passed its health bill with the Stupak-Pitts amendment prohibiting federally funded abortion, but the Senate failed to add the equivalent pro-life Nelson-Hatch amendment.
National Right to Life scores the existing Senate language as NOT solving the fundamental abortion-related problems that Stupak does, and as inventing more problems because it will allow the federal government to:
(1) subsidize private insurance plans that cover abortion on demand,
(2) oversee multi-state plans that cover elective abortions, and
(3) empower federal officials to mandate that private health plans cover abortions even if they do not accept subsidized enrollees
Although he had promised to stand strong in defense of life, Sen. Nelson today has accepted the sham language, part of secret provisions in the “manager’s amendment” fashioned by Majority leader Harry Reid.
Over the next few days, several votes will be taken in the Senate on both the manager’s amendment and the underlying Senate bill. Afterwards there will need to be a reconciling of the final Senate bill with the House bill containing the pro-life Stupak provision.
Even if the Senate passes this monstrous anti-life bill, roughly a dozen pro-life Democrats in the House will not accept a bill that deletes the Stupak language.