I guess it should come as no surprise that Democrats are afraid to explain their own proposals, especially given they don't even want people reading them.
We all know that the vast majority of Americans are and have consistently been opposed to funding abortions. For nearly thirty years nonstop, this sentiment has been mostly respected at the federal level, if only directly, in the form of the Hyde Amendment.
Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) is apparently very aware of this fact. At the same time, she could not let down her $upporters at NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and EMILY's List; she had to find a way to ensure that abortions would be covered in their new so-called "health" care plan.
So she puts forth an amendment that would mandate all insurance companies cover abortions. As she puts it, it would fund "women's health clinics that provide comprehensive services."
When Orrin Hatch (R-UT) asks her to explain it, the best she can do is, "It does not expand, um, uh, or mandate abortion service." What a relief that she doesn't want forced abortions like Obama's "science czar."
Here is a video of the exchange:
Other than the special interests whom she profits, I can't help but wonder how anyone could be convinced to vote for this woman. She is worse than Pelosi.
Needless to say, the amendment passed 12-11 with all Republicans and Bob Casey opposing it and Democrats supporting it. Hatch offered an amendment to explicitly exclude abortion coverage that failed by the same margins.
Like all Democrats, it's quite obvious the woman doesn't want to come out and tell people what she really wants. However, they are rarely ever asked to do so. When they are, they duck the question and get more than ample cover by the media.
Note that Democrats are not going to include the word "abortion" in any of their so-called "health" care legislation, and Planned Parenthood would have it no other way. They know they could never get support if it did. However, unless an amendment is added, it will be funded by default. Thus far, numerous attempts to exclude taxpayer-funded abortion in the House and Senate have failed in all committees.
Make no mistake. If it passes, the current "health" care legislation proposals are FOCA in disguise. We saw a lot of strong opposition to FOCA during the election, and that opposition should be no less for their death care bill. There is plenty besides the cost and budget issues that should be of concern for opponents of this thing; and it will only add to the spending for groups like Planned Parenthood who need it least.