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Senate Panel Votes Down Abortion Amendment in Baucus Bill

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Posted on Sep 30, 2009
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Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., speaks during the markup of health care legislation on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch tried, and ultimately failed, to add an amendment to the health care hydra that Max Baucus’ reform bill has become. This one would have required women to buy separate policies for abortion-related services. Even the formerly reticent Sen. Olympia Snowe cast a “no” vote on this one.

However, this isn’t the end of the last-minute attempts at amending Baucus’ work in progress, and issues related to seniors’ and immigrants’ health coverage were also in the mix on Wednesday.  —KA

The Washington Post:

The proposal suggested the “woman is assuming she will have abortions,” Snowe said. “Most of these pregnancies that result in abortion are unplanned pregnancies.”

Hatch said his intention was to lock in current prohibitions on the use of federal tax dollars on abortion.

But Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who said she was found the amendment “offensive,” said Hatch’s provision went beyond current legal restrictions.

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) was the only Democrat on the panel to support the failed amendment. The Senate panel is expected to wrap up its increasingly fractious debate on coverage issues Wednesday and turn to revenue provisions that would pay for the bill, which is likely to be the main vehicle for debate on the Senate floor. Debate on coverage for illegal immigrants may also surface during Wednesday’s session.

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By Louise, October 1, 2009 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

“Hatch said his intention was to lock in current prohibitions on the use of federal tax dollars on abortion.”

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No, that’s not quite right. Got nothing to do with taxes, it’s just that the only two words guaranteed to make right-wingers pay attention are Tax and Abortion. I guess Hatch feels a need for attention, so he’s reaching out to the nutty fruit-cakes! You know, the ones who dearly value every life before it’s born, but couldn’t care less about any life after birth. Maybe I’m being to harsh. Maybe they just haven’t made the connection that yesterdays fetus may be today’s sick and dying child, who can’t get health insurance. No, on second thought I think they just don’t care. Although this is a strange position for Hatch to be in since he fought along with Kennedy to get CHIP passed.

Poor Hatch, caught between nutty fruit-cakes and right-wing whackos. Is being loyal to the party that important to re-election? What ever happened to self-respect?

rwmenser,

“The only thing that could boost my spirits is a Sarah Palin book tour from the back of a mobile home…a double wide if you please.”

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You betcha. Only I’m more curious to see her on c-span. I want to see if she’s actually read the book she “wrote”. Course there’s no guarantee any audience in any book store at any book fair (or behind any trailer) that might actually show up to hear Sarah Palin, can actually read! Doncha-know….

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By KDelphi, September 30, 2009 at 10:33 pm Link to this comment

After they voted down 2 public option amendments today, and you dont cover it?

The whole bill sucks and should fail

As they say on Mobilize for Health care (they were at Aetna today) time go to jail—theyre killing us off anyway—-wish me luck!

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By plainsdrifter, September 30, 2009 at 7:11 pm Link to this comment
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a government of the lobbies, by the lobbies and for the lobbies. life is a pre-existing condition. obstruct injustice. truth is off the table. stop global warring.
climate change IS controled demolition. bumper stickers we would like to see.

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By rwmenser, September 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm Link to this comment

I hate to use the language, but these people are total fucking assholes.  The only thing that could boost my spirits is a Sarah Palin book tour from the back of a mobile home…a double wide if you please.

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