Time magazine, whose cover has been graced with photos of President Obama more times than we can count, has joined the Associated Press and the Fact Check website in concluding that Obamacare allows taxpayer-funded abortions.
“The health-care reform proposed by House Democrats, if enacted, would in fact mark a significant change in the Federal Government’s role in the financing of abortions,” says Time.
In attempting to finesse the issue, fool the public, and cry foul to right-to-life claims that Obamacare does not allow taxpayer-funded abortions, Obama says that the annual Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer-funding of abortions, is not overturned. Obama conveniently fails to add that the health care bills set up new federal subsidies. not covered by the Hyde Amendment, which will pay for abortions. And, because the Hyde Amendment is not a permanent law, it can be eliminated in the future.
Time sees through this ruse and rhetoric, explaining that citizens who sign up for the government-run program will pay dues to the Federal Government which will be put into a federal account and then be used to pay for abortions. “So, in effect, anyone who wanted to sign up for the public option, a federally funded and administered program, would find themselves paying for abortion coverage.”
Ultimately, however, Time concludes, “the new system differs markedly from the old federal policy of not involving the government in abortion services.”
Douglas Johnson of National Right to Life expands further: “Federal agencies receive funds from many sources, but once the government has the money and is writing the checks, they are are public funds, federal funds. And if they are spent on abortions, then that is government funding of abortion.”
If Obama truly wanted to ensure that government-funded abortions were not part of Obamacare, he could endorse the various amendments rejected by a majority of Democrats which would specifically exclude abortion. Don’t hold your breath on this one.
Kudos to Time for exposing Obama’s lack of truthfulness.