For those of you that think Senator Nelson caved because Senator Harry Reid discarded the abortion language in the current health care legislation pending before the Senate, guess again. The cowardly Senator from Nebraska caved because he got a promise of unlimited help from the federal government free of charge when the legislation does become law and Medicaid is seriously expanded beyond what the states can afford.
Ed Morrissey at HotAir.com has the details on a recent interview that the tax cheating HHS Secretary gave recently where she opened up about the hidden abortion fees in the new legislation.
[...] everybody in the exchange would do the same thing, whether you’re male or female, whether you’re 75 or 25, you would all set aside a portion of your premium that would go into a fund, and it would not be earmarked for anything, it would be a separate account that everyone in the exchange would pay. [...]
Okay. It is a bit confusing, but it’s really an accounting that would apply across the board and not just to women, and certainly not just to women who want to choose abortion coverage.
It’s only confusing if you bought Ben Nelson’s dodge that Reid had changed the abortion-funding language in any significant way. If the government forces it citizens to pay into premium exchanges and then controls the distribution of that money, then it becomes a public fund in any interpretation. That’s especially true if its intent is to be a slush fund for bureaucrats to apply to whatever purpose they see fit.