Saturday, August 1, 2009

US Health Care Bill Held Up

A bill that has become known as “Obama care” the full title of which is “America's Affordable Health Choices Act,” (H.R. 3200) has run into major difficulties in the US.

According to pro-life sources the plan represents one of the clearest and most decisive attacks against the pro-life cause in this country since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The bill poses numerous threats to the pro-life cause: Abortion, which Obama has called “essential health care,” would be included in the minimum benefits of every health care plan.

Every taxpayer and insurance holder would have no choice but to pay for every abortion.

The Bill discriminates against medical practitioners who refuse to perform abortions, who may face unemployment as a result.

The plan includes a review of medical care given to the elderly and could result in the level of care being reduced or withdrawn if it is not considered cost-effective.

Despite the fact that there is a Democratic majority in Congress the current hold up in approving the plan arose, because in addition to Republican resistance many Democrats also refused to go along with it largely because their constituents were unhappy with its implications.