Did you miss the news story of December 30th :
Women between the ages of 20 and 33 will be eligible to receive government-funded abortions in 2014.
The new eligibility is part of the country’s state-subsidized basket of health services for 2014, approved on Monday. Currently, the government only pays for abortions for medical reasons and for girls under 18.
All the women still will be required to receive the approval of a government panel before undergoing the procedure; the panel approves nearly all cases.
The head of the health committee said the goal is eventually to raise the covered age to 40.
This is a true story … and yet, have there been a reaction from American politicians ?
For example, John Kline (R-MN-02) and some of the legislation that leads the Kline Legislative Agenda sponsored this term :
H.R.7 : No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
H.R. 23 : Sanctity of Human Life Act
H.R.61 : Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act
H.R.217 : Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act
H.R.346 : Stop Abortion Funding in Multi-state Exchange Plans (SAFE Act)
H.R.447 : Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2013
H.R.732 : Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
H.R.940 : Health Care Conscience Rights Act
H.R.1091 : Life at Conception Act
H.R.1797 : Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Now, just so that you know that the Kline Agenda is not limited abortion legislation, he also is a staunch supporter of Israel — in press release statement
“Peace in the Middle East is critical to the security of the United States, and we must be a partner with Israel in bringing about stability in that region and around the world.”
As well as in legislation this term:
H.R.850 : Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013
H.R.938 : United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013
H.R.1130 : Iron Dome Support Act
H.R.1904 : Oversight of Sensitive Military Operations Act
H.R.2717 : United States-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation Act of 2013
For those that have not connected the dots between the two stories … it is the Government of Israel that is expanding its state-funded healthcare program to provide abortions.
BTW, did you know that every woman in the Israeli military, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), is given at least one “free” abortion if she wants one.
Did you know that Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign assistance since World War II. To date, the United States has provided Israel $118 billion (current, or non-inflation-adjusted, dollars).
For FY2014, the Administration is requesting $3.1 billion in FMF to Israel and $15 million in Migration and Refugee Assistance. The Missile Defense Agency’s FY2014 request for Israeli Cooperative Programs is $95.782 million, including $52.607 million for Arrow III, $32.512 million for David’s Sling, and $10.663 million for Arrow II. The Department of Defense also is requesting $220 million in FY2014 Procurement, Defense-wide funds for Iron Dome.
Gosh, with America’s debt problem, what happened to the 2005 John Kline who questioned :”How much are we spending on aid packages overseas?” Of course, then Mr. Kline said Congress should examine all federal spending — except defense spending. Now, Israel gets a “free pass” … actually they get more money for programs like the Iron Dome.
American assistance helps defray Israeli military expenses … which allow other Israeli domestic programs to funded.
And Israel has one of the best state-subsidized basket of health services … ranking #4 in a recent Bloomberg analysis while the United States was ranked #46 (out of 48).
Healthcare costs per capita in Israel were calculated at $2,426, as compared to Canada at $5,630 and the US at $8,608.
DYK, Health care for all, from infancy to old age, is ensured by law as every Israeli citizen has the obligation to purchase health care services through one of the country’s four HMOs since government officials approved the National Health Insurance Law in 1995.
A monthly health insurance tax of up to 4.8 percent of income, collected by the National Insurance Institute, and employer participation in the cost of insurance for their employees.
Somehow, Israel is able to create a healthcare system that bends the cost curve and ensures coverage.
Of course, you may have missed this story because of other headlines :
From the NYTimes :
Access to Abortion Falling as States Pass Restrictions
A three-year surge in anti-abortion measures in more than half the states has altered the landscape for abortion access, with supporters and opponents agreeing that the new restrictions are shutting some clinics, threatening others and making it far more difficult in many regions to obtain the procedure.
Anti-abortion groups aim to consolidate their position in dozens of states and to push the Senate to support a proposal adopted by the Republican-controlled House for a nationwide ban on most abortions at 20 weeks after conception
From the LA Times :
The Little Sisters of the Poor received a New Year’s Eve emergency injunction granted by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for a group of Catholic nuns who operate nursing homes in Denver and Baltimore.
The case arises from the government’s solution to the dilemma created by the ACA’s contraception mandate for certain religious groups. The government finesse, you may recall, was to exempt church-based employers from providing that coverage directly. Instead, their insurers were to provide the coverage, which is to be reimbursed by the government. All that was required was for the religious employers to give the insurers a form stating that they were exempt, and therefore the contraception ball was in the insurers’ hands.
The Little Sisters, however, maintain that because the third-party insurers that inherit the responsibility for covering contraceptives can’t do so without receiving the signed form, then their signing the form itself is tantamount to their participating in the provision of contraception. And that violates their religious beliefs.
However, it has been noted by the government: The sisters’ insurer is also exempt from the mandate, because the health plan isn’t governed by ERISA, the federal law under which the mandate is imposed. In other words, signing the form doesn’t lead to contraceptive services either.
Lastly, from NPR :
House GOP Puts Another ‘Target’ On Obamacare
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., sent a memo to House Republicans on Jan. 2 aimed at rallying them to pass legislation to address the security of Healthcare.gov site, particularly data breach notification.
“To date, the administration has downplayed the risk of a data breach, perhaps in part because their primary goal is signing people up for insurance through the exchange,” wrote Cantor in the memo.
“Regardless, if there is a breach, Americans shouldn’t have to wonder whether or not they will receive prompt notification so that they may act to protect their personal identity and finances,” Cantor says. “It is my intent to schedule legislation on this topic when we return next week,” he wrote in the Jan. 2 memo.
Several Republicans have introduced HealthCare.gov-related security bills, so Cantor has plenty of material to work with.
H.R.3795 : “The OH No Act of 2013” (I didn’t make that up) introduced by Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., would require the Health and Human Services secretary to inform an individual whose sensitive personal information had been compromised within an hour of the secretary’s learning of it.
But, the House may instead consider Joe Pitts (R-PA) bill “The Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act of 2014” … which has not even been introduced yet — yep, another example of the “Pillars of a New Majority” failure.
In response to Cantor’s memo, Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, issued a statement saying, “It is clear that the new year has brought no change in heart for House Republicans. They continue to remain intent on undermining or repealing the Affordable Care Act at every turn, and that effort even extends to scaring their constituents from obtaining health coverage.”
Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees Healthcare.gov, said in a statement that so far, there have been no successful security attacks or malicious data breaches involving the website.
OK … in summary, US taxpayers are paying to defend Israel while Israel maintains a healthcare system that Americans can only dream of … and the House plans to vote once again on bashing the Affordable Care Act.
Yes, John Kline will lead the charge to deny a woman’s choice but will he say anything about the monies that American taxpayers are sending to Israel ?
New Year … same old Great Obstructionist Party.