According to Jake Tapper, President Walkng Eagle has now clearly stated that he doesn’t care if people who don’t want to pay for someone else’s voluntary abortion are forced to pay for it anyway.
“There needs to be some more work before we get to the point where we’re not changing the status quo. And that’s the goal,” Obama told me in November.
“…we’re not looking to change what is the principle that has been in place for a very long time, which is federal dollars are not used to subsidize abortions.
And I want to make sure that the provision that emerges meets that test — that we are not in some way sneaking in funding for abortions, but, on the other hand, that we’re not restricting women’s insurance choices, because one of the pledges I made in that same speech was to say that if you’re happy and satisfied with the insurance that you have, that it’s not going to change.”
So, does the Senate language come closer to what the president wants than the House language?
Gibbs told me this morning: “Yes.”
So the Senate version of the bill, with it’s lame accounting gimmicks intended only to cover up the fact that federal money is subsidizing someone’s choice to have a voluntary abortion, is better than the House version and the Stupak amendment? Sounds to me like this latest flip-flop is just a not-so-subtle attempt by Obama to advise House Democrats to back down on their upholding provisions of the Hyde amendment so he can get his self-perceived moment of glory at the expense of American liberty.