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What a Re-elected Obama Could do with “Compromise” Mandate

by | Feb 11, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

However the battle over the Obama Administration’s mandate plays out—and today’s phony “tweaking” promises that opponents will continue to oppose it just as vigorously as before—there is the chance the controversy might help clarify just how abortion-ridden ObamaCare actually is.

In Part One—“New Obama Scam (You Must Pay, But Nobody Pays) Lays Groundwork for Future National Abortion Mandate”—National Right to Life explains how not only is the Obama “compromise” on the mandate that compels Catholic universities, hospitals, and charities into paying for health insurance that covers sterilization and contraception insincere, its underlying logic would be disastrous, were Obama to win a second term.

There are two main points which are crucially important.

First, it’s been like pulling teeth to get across the truth that the ObamaCare law does not contains language prohibiting the federal government from mandating that health plans cover abortions. All the law prevents is the Secretary of Health and Human Services from including abortion in a list of federally mandated “essential health benefits.” 

But ObamaCare also allows the Secretary of HHS to mandate that all health plans cover any service that the Secretary places on a list of “preventive” services. This is the provision that is cited as justification for the birth control mandate.

But why couldn’t/wouldn’t the same logic–if a procedure saves money, then that means that you’re not really paying for it when the government mandates it—be extended to abortion? By ordering that every health plan in America cover elective abortion, Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services could tell us it would save the much higher costs of prenatal care, childbirth, and care for the baby.

This virtually unlimited discretion means there is nothing in the law to prevent the Secretary of HHS from placing abortion, assisted suicide, or any other additional services on the “preventive” services list. As NRLC explained, the Secretary does not “require the agreement of any other authority in the government to do so — except, perhaps, the president.”

In NRLC’s words, what a “scam”!

Second, in his remarks this afternoon, President Obama suggested that “the nation’s leading medical experts” recommended the birth-control mandate. But if you click on, you’ll find Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online explaining the backgrounds of  the handpicked panel. As she put it, “[I]t’s worth noticing that the ‘reproductive rights’ activists were well represented on that panel.”

To allude to just two she cites, one is a member of the Board of Directors of the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation. The second is a former board member of “Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health,” and, until recently, the senior vice president of an advocacy group that declares that “access to safe abortion is a human right” and that abortion and contraception are “universal and inalienable” rights.

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