House Passes Bill Banning Taxpayer Funding of Abortion in Federal Obamacare Plans

congress pdThe U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that bars the government from using taxpayer funds for abortion in Obamacare plans, sending the measure to the Senate, where it is expected to face an uphill battle. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, presented by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), passed 227-188, with only six Democrats voting for the measure and one Republican voting against. The bill “[p]rohibits the expenditure of funds authorized or appropriated by federal law, or funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law (federal funds), for any abortion.” It specifically bars funds from being used for health exchange plans that cover abortions and prohibits abortion from being included in health care services offered by the federal government and the District of Columbia. The Act excludes rape, incest and the life and health of the mother.  Some in the House asserted that the bill is unnecessary as the Hyde Amendment, passed in 1976 and amended in 1994, is sufficient to prohibit federal dollars from being used for abortion. “It’s like all we do around here. It’s propaganda. It’s politics,” said Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). “The Republicans try to make people believe that their taxpayer dollars are being used for abortion. It’s not true.” But as previously reported, Smith contends that Obama has been breaking his promise regarding using taxpayer funds for abortion as most Congressional insurance plans include abortion services. More
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