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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-13 06:20 AM
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Health reform hands states surprising weapon against abortion
Health reform hands states surprising weapon against abortion
At least 21 states have legislation in the works that will stop insurance from paying

By Maggie Fox Senior Writer, NBC News
updated 2 hours 56 minutes ago

Abortion opponents have found a new way to restrict access to abortion by using the authority states have over the new health insurance exchanges, which will be up and running in a year

At least 21 states have legislation in place or in the works that will stop health insurance companies from paying for abortions for women. Arkansas governor Mike Beebe signed the latest piece on Monday.

The 2010 Affordable Care Act requires states to set up health insurance marketplaces called exchanges by October of this year. Through exchanges, people who dont have health insurance through the government or an employer can buy health insurance.

States that set up their own exchanges can set the rules for insurers who take part. States that decline to set up exchanges will rely on the federal government to run them.

Since the health care law was passed, because there is language in the law that says specifically that states can do this, states have taken it up, says Gretchen Borchelt, who heads state reproductive health policy at the National Womens Law Center.



http://www.nbcnews.com/id/50802838/ns/health-health_car...

Anyone remember my complaining before the 2012 election about the cynicism I saw in Democrats using the so-called Republican War on Women to get votes?
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-13 09:20 AM
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1. The war on women continues!
I do not understand what they hope to gain.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-14-13 09:33 AM
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2. This is worse than the Hyde Amendment. This means that a woman who pays for her insurance
with her own money will not be able to get coverage if she and her insurer have no problem with it.

Well, the insurer always has a problem paying for anything, I guess, so this is just a little extra frosting for insurers from the health insurer bail out act.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-15-13 02:13 AM
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3. I understand it is a plus for insurance companies.
But what is there to gain politically? Most everyone polled feels they should leave abortion alone.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-15-13 04:12 AM
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4. Maybe it is an incentive for red states to set up exchanges?
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