Washington (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama’s assertion that the Democrat-backed health care overhaul would not publicly fund abortions is “demonstrably false and extraordinarily misleading,” Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) told the conservative Values Voters summit on Friday.
Smith predicted that abortions would increase by as much a one third if the Democrats’ health care legislation is enacted.
“Never have I been more concerned about the promotion of abortion coming out of the White House,” Smith said. “The unborn child and his or her mother are more at risk now than ever, since Roe v. Wade itself.
“On health care, we must stand firm for no further diminution of protection of the unborn child and no further expansion of culture of death,” Smith said.
The House and Senate health care overhaul bills do not directly fund abortion, but Democrat-led committees have rejected explicit language banning abortion in the bills. Further, the House bills and one of the Senate bills includes language allowing federal funding for private plans that would pay for abortions. Thus, fungible money would allow for indirect funding of abortion.
A recent Gallup poll showed a majority of Americans are pro-life and abortions have been declining, Smith said. “Against all that, the abortionists teamed up with Barack Obama, the abortion president, to coerce you and I to support abortion” with federal tax dollars, Smith said.
The Democrats’ various bills include a government-run health care option to compete against private insurers; they would require employers to provide health insurance or else pay a fine, and they would require individuals to purchase health insurance.
The Democrat-backed legislation would not take effect until 2013, the year after President Barack Obama is up for re-election.
“Taxes go up in January and health care benefits don’t go up for three or four years down the road,” Rep. Michelle Bachman (R-Minn.) said.
“Rather than the federal government owning health care, rather than employers owning health care, you should own your health care. You can bind together with whoever you want to purchase health care. Then purchase whatever level you want from whoever you want.”
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a physician who chairs the Republican Study Committee, said he’s actually read the 1,018-page bill that emerged from the House Ways and Means Committee, and he called it “medical malpractice.”
“This is the farthest reach of government in decades,” Price said. “This debate is not about health care, it’s about freedom. We should write into law that patients, families and doctors make medical decisions, not the government,” Price said. “We’ve got to solve the challenge of lawsuit abuse.”