Description: Topic One – Health Care Reform: House Narrowly Passes Bill With Abortion Restrictions
The House on Saturday evening voted 220-215 to pass its health care reform bill after the chamber approved an amendment that would prohibit public AND private plans in new health insurance exchanges from covering abortion if they accept people who receive government subsidies. The amendment was introduced by Reps. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) and passed with 64 Democratic votes and 176 Republican votes. Under the amendment, women with subsidized insurance policies seeking abortion coverage would be forced to buy separate abortion-only "riders" for their policies with their own money. The pro-abortion lobby is furious. Does that mean we should be elated? Leonard Nelson has the analysis.
Topic Two – Direct to my Desk - Health Care Reform: The Catholic Argument