The generally accepted understanding is that the word “healthcare” relates to the prevention and/or treatment of illness, injury and disease. Of course, pregnancy is none of those. Beyond that, according to the abortion industry’s own statistics, almost every elective abortion in America is done for a non-medical reason on a healthy baby and a healthy mother whose pregnancy poses no threat to her physical well-being.
What all this means is that, by definition, abortion cannot logically be considered healthcare. But despite this, and despite the abortion lobby’s oft-repeated chant that abortion is none of the government’s business, they want the government to pay for them. Somehow, the “right to choose” mysteriously evaporates when it comes to buying abortions for other people.
This is now one of the issues holding up the passage of a government-run healthcare bill. On one hand, the Obamanistas insist that their plan will not fund abortion. But on the other hand, they continue to oppose any amendment that would expressly prohibit it. Obviously, they understand that if the final legislation does not specifically prohibit abortion funding, it tacitly allows it.
However, I have come to suspect that something else is afoot here. I think the Obamanistas are not the least bit worried about a prohibition against abortion funding being written into this legislation. Instead, what they are doing is holding this issue back as a future bargaining chip.
It is clear that their efforts to nationalize the American healthcare system is in deep trouble. Moreover, with each passing day, they are looking more and more strident as they toy with the idea of unilaterally ramming it through behind closed doors. This is often referred to as the “Nuclear Option.”
The problem is, in order for it to succeed, the Democrats would have to be united and it is increasingly apparent that no such unity exists. Today, Democrats who are opposed to government-funded abortion are in open revolt and they are starting to be joined by those who are nervous about the next election cycle. For this second group, the fear is that the sort of bullying being contemplated by the Obama administration will not sit well with a public who has never really been sold on the idea of turning their medical future over to the same nitwits who run the post office.
Given this environment, it could be that Comrades Obama, Reid and Pelosi are waiting for the right moment to offer a “compromise” in which they agree to a written exemption for abortion funding in exchange for support of the overall plan. This would lure the “anti-funding” Democrats back onto the reservation while reducing the fears of those concerned about re-election. After all, this new willingness to compromise would blunt the “bullying” perception.
What the public doesn’t realize, but the Obamanistas do realize, is that this is not a compromise at all. For the last 50 years, America’s godless Left has counted on the federal courts to do whatever they could not get done in the legislative process. In fact, that is precisely how abortion became legal in the first place. What they are now counting on is that, even if they agree to include a prohibition against funding abortion, the courts will remove it. They will rule it unconstitutional on the basis that abortion is a legal medical procedure and not paying for it would be discrimination against women.
Mark my words. If Obama Care passes with an abortion-funding exclusion, not only will that provision be immediately challenged in the courts, but the legal mechanism to do so is being formulated right now with the help of the Obama administration. The reality is, the only way abortion will not be covered under Obama Care is if Obama Care is never passed.
Now for the good news.
Under current proposals, even if Obama Care is passed, it is not scheduled to be implemented until 2013. That gives the Republicans two enormous opportunities. First, they can make this the centerpiece of their 2012 House, Senate and Presidential races. The theme should be: “Elect us and we will repeal this nightmare before it begins.”
Second, the Republicans should be pointing out that when the Democrats locked them out of the process, they also locked out every voter in the districts with Republican representatives. Think about it. As it now stands, anyone who lives in a congressional district held by a Republican, or in a state with Republican senators, is completely unrepresented in one of the most important political events in the history of our country. Anyway you cut it, a large percentage of the American citizenry currently has no voice in a political debate that will determine both their physical and their financial futures.
If the GOP will hammer those two points home, the fact that a majority of American voters do not want socialized medicine – a fact which the Obamanistas are so comfortable ignoring today – will be quite relevant in 2012.