For all the ills Canadians suffer: high taxes, higher gas prices, even higher food costs, and an ever increasing general cost of living, they have always had better federal health care coverage than their American counterparts. But this beautiful system has one pitfall, abortion, because elective abortion isn’t “health care”. Elective procedures, teeth whitening, nose jobs, hair plugs, abortions, ought not be part of a federal system, and Americans are determined that during their health care overhaul they don’t make the same mistakes as their northern neighbors.
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has added an amendment restricting insurance coverage for abortion into a bill approved by the General Assembly establishing a health insurance exchange as part of the federal health-care overhaul.The health insurance exchange would be managed by the state and allow individuals and some small businesses to pool together to buy insurance at lower rates. Some who cannot afford insurance would receive government subsidies.
Under the federal law, states were given the option of creating their own exchanges or using ones operated by the federal government.
The bill approved by the General Assembly stated Virginia’s intent to create its own exchange, and directed state regulators to figure out how to run it.
After the bill reached McDonnell (R) for his signature, he added an amendment that would prohibit any insurance plan offered as part of the exchange from including coverage for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at risk.
“The governor does not believe elective abortions should be covered through the exchange or with taxpayer dollars,” said McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin. “This is consistent with his pro-life position and policies passed with bipartisan backing at both the state and federal levels.”
Abortion opponents across the country have been working to get the health-care exchanges to exclude abortion coverage, and similar measures are pending in more than 20 states. They say a government-managed market should not allow dollars to be spent on the procedure.
She said seven states have adopted similar legislation.
Advocates for abortion rights say the measures are part of a national drive by conservatives to restrict access to abortion.
Federal and state law prohibit using tax dollars for abortions except in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is at risk. McDonnell’s amendment would extend such prohibitions to insurance plans purchased by individuals in exchanges.