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Mr. FLEMING. Mr. Speaker, as it stands now, the Democrat health plan equals taxpayer-funded abortions. Let me repeat that. As it stands now, the Democrat health plan equals taxpayer-funded abortions.
If unamended, the Obama health plan restructuring will be the most massive abortion expansion since Roe v. Wade and every insurance premium payer and every taxpayer will be forced to pay for every abortion. The taking of innocent life is not health care. I know; I'm a physician. Yet, without an abortion exclusion, this reform bill will be the platform for thrusting abortion into every aspect of health care in this country.
The Secretary of HHS and the so-called Benefits Advisory Committee will determine the specific mandated services. Abortion will be included in the minimum benefits unless it is excluded, and the Democrats refuse to do that.
This bill does an end run on current abortion funding restrictions by containing language that both authorizes and appropriates.