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October 9, 2013 - 9:25 pm

A House Democrat from Illinois stood by fellow members of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus on the Hill Wednesday to declare that Americans are being misled on funding of abortion in Obamacare.

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) was one of the backers of the Stupak amendment, crafted to overcome the last congressional obstacle in the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Former Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.), who introduced the amendment, accepted a deal from President Obama after the amendment passed the House but got held up in the Senate. Obama promised an executive order banning federal funding for abortion under the bill if conservative Democrats would lift their opposition.

Lipinski was the only Illinois Democrat to vote against Obamacare.

“When we were debating the healthcare bill three and a half years ago here, I had stood up and helped to demand, and we got in the House originally, the Stupak Amendment. The language we have on abortion clearly is very different from what the Stupak Amendment said. And today we see that not only do we have the funding of abortion, but we really want to focus on, especially today, is the lack of transparency,” he said at a press conference.

“One of the biggest issues I remember in the whole healthcare debate was Americans deserve to have a clear, transparent understanding of what insurance companies are providing for them in their healthcare plans. That was one of the biggest priorities all along in talking about healthcare reform, health insurance reform. But we wound up with Obamacare.”

Lipinski was joined by Pitts as well as Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) and Diane Black (R-Tenn.).

“Today we see we do not have that transparency when it comes to abortion,” the Illinois Dem said. “So on top of everything else, on top of all the issues that those of us up here have about the funding of abortion in ObamaCare, I think everyone should agree that this bill, this law, was intended to bring transparency. When it comes to abortion, it is not transparent.”

“No one can make the argument that we have this transparency. Do people even know that they are buying a policy that covers abortion?”

Lipinski said it’s “very important that we get this straightened out starting with the transparency issue.”

With more than 60 members signing on, the caucus introduced the Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. The bill requires information regarding either inclusion or exclusion of abortion coverage, as well as the existence of an abortion surcharge, prominently displayed in all marketing or advertising materials, comparison tools, or summary of benefits and coverage explanations.

“This is a right-to-know bill. Americans have a right to know upfront and with full transparency when they are purchasing a plan that subsidizes the killing of unborn children. I would respectfully submit that even the most ardent advocate of abortion should embrace full disclosure,” Smith said.

Smith, who leads the caucus with Lipinski, said he tried to find such explanations on the plans offered on the D.C. exchange and in his home state of New Jersey — when he wasn’t getting knocked off the system.

“A representative of the health insurance marketplace live chat said you may have to wait until you pick a plan to see if they cover abortions. And again, you may discover in weeks, months, after you’ve already done it,” he added.

“To rid ObamaCare of its massive expansion of abortion-on-demand’s facilitation and funding, I would not parenthetically, I, along with 136 bipartisan co-sponsors, including everybody here today, have also introduced a No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, or H.R. 7. That is pending, and that is something we are very serious about moving. But this legislation has to be done now.”

Lipinski said “this should be something that everybody can embrace.”

“Because as I’ve said, this was one of the top priorities in this whole issue of healthcare reforms, begin with transparency,” he added. “We do not have transparency now. And this needs to be fixed. This bill would do that, but I’m hopeful that it’s not going to take legislation. I’m hopeful that the administration will stand up right now and make this change, and require that transparency.”

Pitts said the executive order granted by Obama in return for dropping the Stupak amendment “is only an accounting gimmick.”

“Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, federal law was clear that federal funds do not subsidize insurance coverage that include abortion. However, Obamacare rolls back decades of abortion policy, and instead, pays for policies with elective abortions, in violation of the Smith and the Hyde Amendments,” Pitts continued.

“If Obamacare’s all about choice, then why is the administration making it so difficult for people to find out about whether a plan pays for abortion? It’s time that we got some truth in advertising. And we need to adopt this Smith legislation.”

Smith said they have spent the past several months trying to get answers from the administration on how the executive order would be implemented and asked the top 10 insurance companies how they would interpret it, and “got absolutely non-answers back.”

He called Obamacare “the largest expansion of publicly-funded abortion in the history of this country.”

“October 1st has now come around. And every time we get a look at a plan, either there’s no mention, and that is very disconcerting, because we don’t know if it’s in or not,” Smith said. “And it is a possibility that members of Congress and staff who will now be on the exchanges will be paying for abortions in the D.C. shop, as they call it.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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The Stupak Amendment backers should have watched Animal House. The movie completely explains Obama's thinking in 2 lines:
"You screwed up. You trusted us."
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Both Republikans (the G.H.W. Bush kind) and Demokrats (the Clinton kind) are Malthusians bent on killing as many Americans through abortion, war & disease as possible. Wake up to the fact that no nation should kill its future soldiers and moms in the womb: that is no "right". No nation interested in survival recommends a diet that will make a third of its population into weak diabetics. Something is going on here people. Wake up and start thinking before they wipe us all out.
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This should come as no surprise to ANYONE by now. It simply follows a familiar pattern:

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I live in Stupak's former district. I voted for him partly because pro-life Demorats are a dying breed- not allowed in that party, except as knee jerk voters. Stupak and his followers knew damn well when they accepted Obama's promise that it was a lie. In the end party loyalty won over principles. The truth is that support of abortion is required of loyal Democrats if they want to run for office, and a little lying and subterfuge furthering that cause is considered a virtue, not a problem.
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Good grief! It's year five and ONLY NOW these folks are discovering that Obama's middle name - in addition to Hussain, is Pinocchio?
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Lipinski is just now finding out that the word of this President isn't worth a plug-nickel?
Has he been sealed in a cave for the last five-years?
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Gasp!

And just think, if he had stuck to his guns, Stupak could have been a hero instead of a patsy.
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wow another congressman that was lied to and this one is a democrat.

So tell me again, where other than in the media mind is the republican position the wrong one.
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""The administration's war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I've seen since the Nixon administration..."
--Leonard Downie, Jr., Committee to Protect Journalists
"The Obama Administration and the Press"
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