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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Kill the Bill - Urgent Action Update

Urgent action item: 
The senate will vote to end debate on the managers amendment around 1 am Monday morning.  Let your senators know now that you oppose this so-called compromise.
Senate Majority Leader Reid has released his Manager’s Amendment to the Senate healthcare overhaul bill. Reid's Manager's Amendment contains 383 pages of changes to his bill--changes designed to gain the 60 votes necessary to end debate and allow a vote on passage of the health care reform bill.
Bad news: News reports indicate that Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who had been holding out for a strong pro-life ban on abortion funding, now has agreed to the changes and supports the bill.
The Manager’s Amendment does NOT contain language similar to the pro-life Stupak amendment approved by the House. The Stupak amdendment clearly bans government subsidy of abortion.
Instead, the section on abortion in the Manager's Amendment (starting on page 38) adds a provision allowing states to opt out of providing abortion coverage through the exchange. The section also adds further layers of accounting requirements.
The result is the same: contrary to longstanding policy, the federal government will subsidize private health insurance plans that cover abortion. This policy change will facilitate abortion by making it more easily available.
The result: more unborn lives lost to abortion and more wounded mothers.
The Manager’s Amendment also strikes the public option and replaces it with a program similar to the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) run by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  However, unlike the FEHBP, the Director of OPM will contract with health insurance companies to provide insurance that includes abortion.
In other words, it replaces government-run health care with ... government-run health care.
The senate will vote to end debate on the managers amendment around 1 am Monday morning.  Let your senators know that you oppose this so-called compromise. Subsidizing plans that cover abortion is contrary to longstanding federal law.
What to do?
The senate will vote to end debate on the managers amendment around 1 am Monday morning.  Let your senators know now  that you oppose this so-called compromise.

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