View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Factcheck.org - It's Obama doing the fabricating

Factcheck.org, which examines politicians claims objectively, looked at President Obama's claims that pro-lifers are fabricating when they say that government health plans being proposed will cover abortions.

Factcheck concludes ... it's Obama not telling the truth.

The summary of the Factcheck report reads:

"Will health care legislation mean "government funding of abortion"?

"President Obama said Wednesday that’s "not true" and among several "fabrications" being spread by "people who are bearing false witness." But abortion foes say it’s the president who’s making a false claim. "President Obama today brazenly misrepresented the abortion-related component" of health care legislation, said Douglas Johnson, legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee. So which side is right?

"The truth is that bills now before Congress don’t require federal money to be used for supporting abortion coverage. So the president is right to that limited extent. But it’s equally true that House and Senate legislation would allow a new "public" insurance plan to cover abortions, despite language added to the House bill that technically forbids using public funds to pay for them. Obama has said in the past that "reproductive services" would be covered by his public plan, so it’s likely that any new federal insurance plan would cover abortion unless Congress expressly prohibits that. Low- and moderate-income persons who would choose the "public plan" would qualify for federal subsidies to purchase it. Private plans that cover abortion also could be purchased with the help of federal subsidies. Therefore, we judge that the president goes too far when he calls the statements that government would be funding abortions "fabrications.""

The report later states: "As for the House bill as it stands now, it’s a matter of fact that it would allow both a "public plan" and newly subsidized private plans to cover all abortions."

Seems it's not just me calling into question the President's veracity when it comes to abortion.

2 Comments:

Blogger Ben Anderson said...

nice find - that's a good resource to have.

6:15 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Boy, and on Saturday, what did he say again?

Maybe he just assumes the American public don't bother to check.

6:47 AM  

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