While the Senate hammers through two unpopular health care bills, House leaders jumped into the fray on Friday with their own version of "reform." At 852 pages, this draft is the longest and most radical yet. Unlike Sen. Ted Kennedy's (D-Mass.) plan, this bill--the brainchild of Reps. George Miller (D-Calif.), Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.)--includes almost everything on President Obama's wish list.
For the first time in either chamber, pro-lifers are faced with the "family planning" nightmare FRC has been warning about: government funding for abortionists. For weeks, key players in the abortion movement have been working with the Obama administration to guarantee that they would profit from any health care overhaul. That lobbying could pay off--quite literally--in the House. The Miller-Waxman-Rangel bill is a dream come true for groups like Planned Parenthood. Under this proposal, funding for "family planning" would be mandatory, meaning that organizations like Planned Parenthood (which already counts on taxpayers for a third of its budget) would stand to make even more under the guise of "reform."
As with the rest of the bill, the costs of this expansion haven't been addressed. What we do know is that Planned Parenthood has a seat at the President's table, and that should alarm every American who cherishes life, freedom, and conscience. Like the Senate legislation, House Democrats have no idea how they would pay for this plan, apart from introducing some new taxes on junk food, soft drinks, and alcohol. When asked about the price tag, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) made a pretty revealing statement, saying, "...[W]e are reluctant to ask the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for a [cost analysis] score." I'll bet. The last members to do so--the Senate Finance Committee--left with $1.6 trillion in sticker shock.
With the public growing more critical about the cost by the day, we have a real chance to defeat this health care takeover. Now that abortion coverage is no longer a hypothetical, we need all hands on deck. Join the opposition by signing FRC's petition and encourage your friends to do the same.