Hidden Within ObamaCare, an Abortion Mandate

This week, House committees are scheduled to begin consideration of the largest piece of health care legislation in decades. I have been critical of the health care reform proposals being offered by Democrats because of the so-called public option, which will crowd out private insurance providers and eventually lead to government-owned health care. Government-owned health care will place bureaucrats in Washington in charge of your health care options. This is wrong. Health care decisions must be made by you and your doctor.

However, there is another very serious concern with health care reform plans in Congress, especially the plan being offered in the House. It will lead to mandated coverage of abortion, forcing employers and insurance providers to cover abortion as a health care procedure and subsidizing abortions with the tax dollars of pro-life Americans who have grave moral objections.

Under the proposed legislation, virtually every individual will be required to have health care that meets the “minimum benefit standards” established by the administration. Without an explicit exclusion, abortion will be determined to be included in these benefit standards.

President Obama himself stated that “reproductive care is essential care, basic care.” And history has demonstrated that unless abortion is explicitly excluded, administrative agencies and the courts will mandate it.

We have seen this time and time again. The federal Medicaid statute was silent on abortion, but the administration and the courts deemed abortion-on-demand to be mandated coverage. Then in 1979, Congressman Henry Hyde asked the Indian Health Service where they found the authority to pay for abortions. They responded, “We would have no basis for refusing to pay for abortions.”

In both of these cases, explicit exclusions had to be added to ensure that taxpayers would not have to continue to pay for abortions. The issue here is clear -- if abortion is not explicitly excluded, it is implicitly included. The stakes are high and the implications incredibly far-reaching.