I expect when I watch Morning Joe for their zoo crew to mischaracterize the Stupak Amendment as merely barring federal funding for abortion and that the Stupak opponents are seeking a "new entitlement."
I expect our resident Right Wing commenter to mischaracterize the Stupak Amendment to be the "Government not paying for abortions."
But, for the Post-Gazette's Early Returns blog to post "the Stupak amendment, which barred federal funding for abortion services" -- et tu, Brute?
You're all driving me crazy.
And, you're WRONG.
Let me repeat for the fourth or fifth time (in one version or another) in the last couple of days:
The Hyde Amendment already barred federal funding for abortion services.Got it now?
The Stupak Amendment actually rolls back private insurance coverage for reproductive rights.
Stupak is really about getting PRIVATE insurance plans to drop abortion coverage -- which 85% cover now.
Insurance companies will want to participate in the Public Exchange because it gives them a crack at tens of millions of new customers.
However, with Stupak, if you participate in the exchange -- and uninsured folks will be mandated to do so -- you will not be able to purchase a plan that covers abortions EVEN IF YOU PAY FOR THE PLAN ENTIRELY WITH YOUR OWN PERSONAL FUNDS.
So, again, we're not talking about government paid abortions -- that's already illegal -- we're talking about disallowing coverage of abortions from non government funded insurance plans.