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No Shame: Expanded Taxpayer Funding Of Abortion Industry Tucked Away Inside Dems' New Health Care Law

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No Shame: Expanded Taxpayer Funding Of Abortion Industry Tucked Away Inside Dems' New Health Care Law

Remember when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said last month "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it?" Tucked away inside President Obama's new health care law is a controversial provision dramatically expanding taxpayer funding of contraceptives and the abortion industry. Washington Democrats actually tried to insert this legislative language in the original trillion-dollar "stimulus,' but were forced to remove it under pressure from Republicans and the American people. No matter: Democrats just hid it in their government takeover of health care instead. After all, no liberal special interest giveaway could be spared in order to force this job-killing monstrosity through Congress over the objection of the American people.

Specifically, all states are now free to offer Medicaid "family planning" services -- even for those who are not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid -- without receiving approval from the federal government. This will pave the way for more taxpayer dollars to go to clinics that undercut parents and promote abortions. Inside Health Policy has the details:

"Tucked into the health reform legislation is a controversial provision allowing states to expand coverage for family planning services under Medicaid without a waiver from the federal government. Democrats had tried to insert the language into the Recovery Act in January 2009, but pulled back after it became a lightning rod for GOP attacks ... Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) championed the provision in the Senate, adding it to the Senate Finance Committee version of the legislation during mark-up, sources said, and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) pushed for it in the House. ... "How can you spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives? How does that stimulate the economy?' House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said of the provision, according to Reuters."

With a new national survey showing that even more Americans oppose the new health care law after its passage than before it, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) says this revelation will only make President Obama's PR campaign even harder:

"President Obama's new health care law is already hurting our economy by squeezing employers with job-killing tax hikes and health care cost hikes. Now we learn that Washington Democrats' government takeover of health care dramatically expands taxpayer funding of contraceptives and the abortion industry. First Democrats removed this controversial provision from the "stimulus' and then they hid it in their government takeover of health care, hoping the American people wouldn't notice. That's why Republicans are fighting to repeal this health care law and replace it with common-sense reforms that respect taxpayer dollars and protect life."

The new health care law marks yet another failure on the part of President Obama and Democrats in Washington to deliver the open and honest government they promised. The final health care bill was signed into law roughly 36 hours after it was passed despite President Obama's campaign promise that the public would have five days to review every bill that came to his desk "so that you know what your government's doing." What other giveaways to liberal special interest groups ended up hidden in this law? How much are these sweetheart deals costing American taxpayers, who are already on the hook for more than $12.7 trillion in debt?

The American people have a right to know how their hard-earned money is being spent. House Republicans have proposed a common-sense transparency initiative to make Congress more open and accountable to the people it serves.

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