Funny. I had a very strong feeling the U.S. House of Representatives would vote down that huge complicated government-take-over health care bill. I was wrong, which goes to show what I know (hint: very little). But here’s a little bit of silver lining:
The bill will allow the government to sell insurance in competition with private companies and make insurers offer cover to those with pre-existing conditions.
However, the government-run healthcare programme – the so-called “public option” – was scaled back in the run-up to the vote.
One key concession to get the bill through was to anti-abortion legislators.
An amendment was passed that prohibits coverage for abortion in the government-run programme except for rape, incest or if the mother’s life is threatened. Private plans can still offer the cover.
Democrat Bart Stupak, who sponsored the amendment, said: “Let us stand together on principle – no public funding for abortions.”
Abortion rights supporters said the amendment was the biggest setback to their cause in decades.
See? If you deny public funding for elective abortion (i.e. those made for “choice” reasons), the pro-abortion crowd will see it as a big setback. Doesn’t that give you any ideas?by