Listed below are two of the “essential benefits” for “qualified health plans.” Both the public option and the plans in the “health exchange,” which will get federal subsidies, must meet the requirements for qualified health plans.
(2) Outpatient hospital and outpatient clinic services, including
emergency department services.
(3) Professional services of physicians and other health
(pages 27-28 of HR 3200)
Unless specifically excluded, abortion can be included in the services mentioned above. All amendments to the bill that would specifically exclude abortion were struck down. Actually, the Capps amendment, which was added to the bill, clarifies the issue by making it clear that abortion will be included.
The public plan is funded by the premiums paid into it and taxpayer dollars. Federal subsidies will give taxpayer money to the plans in the health exchange. If this plan passes, we will all be paying for abortions, even if though many of us consider abortion murder.
Resources from the Family Research Council on Abortion in the Health Care bill