Three Myths About Obamacare Defunding And Abortion Coverage

After regaining its majority in 2010 with a mandate to repeal or otherwise stop Obamacare, through the budget process if necessary, House Republicans have failed to act effectively. It has passed a repeal measure numerous times knowing it would sit in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nevada) cylinder file for, as the kid in the cute commercial with the kindergardeners says, "infinity times infinity." The only serious recourse House Republicans have now at their disposal is to defund the law through the budget process. The only problem with that is, unfortunately, many House Republicans aren't serious about defunding Obamacare. Some are echoing Congress' radical left element and fringe left-wing groups and pundits who say it cannot be done. Two reasons are typically cited: It's not legal and doing so will shut down the entire federal government. Oh yeah?

Amy Payne of The Heritage Foundation does a great job today in the Morning Bell column of the think tank's The Foundry Blog  of debunking these myths. Here's the short explanation:

Myth #1: Congress cannot defund Obamacare.

Congress defunds mandatory spending on appropriations bills every year. In fact, it has even defunded part of Obamacare already — billions of dollars in "mandatory spending" for the co-op program.

>>> See our fact sheet: Can Appropriations Bills Defund Obamacare?

Myth #2: Obamacare opponents are trying to shut down the government. 

This isn't true, either. 

As Heritage health care expert Chris Jacobs says in the video above, "Conservatives want to keep the federal government open — we just want to shut down Obamacare."

Legal expert Hans von Spakovsky explains how this could be done. Funding the federal government — with the exception of Obamacare — "would force the President and his supporters to explain why they would shut down the government to fund an unfair, unaffordable, and highly unpopular law that is so unworkable that the Administration has itself admitted it cannot manage to implement major portions on time such as the employer mandate to provide insurance."

Heritage created a short video with a concise explanation:

Defunding Obamacare is as easy as steps one and two if House Republicans get serious about it). 

Perhaps more disturbing is that Obamacare, despite all the placation from the administration, is that more and more instances of abortion coverage are getting uncovered. The latest example is that members of Congress and their staffs will get access to abortion coverage, although, as a Washington Post headline laments, other federal employees won't. How unfair!

As reported in the article by AP this week:

But the proposed regulation did not explicitly address abortion coverage. Under the health care law, insurance plans in the new markets may cover abortion unless a state passes a law prohibiting them from doing so. Plans offering coverage for abortion, however, may not use federal funds to pay for it. Federal tax credits to help the uninsured afford coverage must be kept apart from premiums collected for abortion coverage.

Abortion opponents say the regulation would circumvent a longstanding law that bars the use of taxpayer funds for "administrative expenses in connection with any health plan under the federal employees health benefits program which provides any benefits or coverage for abortions." Unlike many private corporate plans, federal employee plans only cover abortions in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.

"Under this scheme, (the government) will be paying the administrative costs," said Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., author of the abortion funding ban for federal employee plans. "It’s a radical deviation and departure from current federal law, and it's not for all federal employees, but for a subset: Congress. Us."

Add one more myth to make three. Two about defunding Obamacre. One about it not covering abortion services, despite existing federal law that prohibits it. One day they're myths. Exploding them creates reasons — reasons why House Republicans should be serious about putting a halt to this ruinous law.