GOP Anti-Abortion Bill Intrudes On Private Health Care Decisions

January 27, 2011 10:00 am ET — Salvatore Colleluori

Last week, House Republicans introduced H.R. 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act." As we previously highlighted, this bill would affect up to 87 percent of Americans with private insurance and would significantly raise their health care costs. The core problem with H.R. 3 is its intrusion into private health insurance companies. By denying tax reimbursements for health care plans that cover abortion — regardless of whether the abortion coverage is used — Republicans are attempting to force private insurance companies to drop abortion coverage or suffer the consequences of losing customers to companies that do.

On Monday's episode of MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, Rep. Jan Schakowky (D-IL) discussed the implications of the Republican bill.

SCHAKOWSKY: This says that a person whose employer provides health care but that health insurance policy covers abortions, man or woman, then that employer can't get a tax break. If an individual who buys a policy that provides for abortion cannot get any kind of health care tax deduction if that policy were to cover abortion. So, now it goes into private money and private insurance policies and things that people do on their own.


Over 170 Republicans are listed as cosponsors of the intrusive anti-abortion legislation, even after they fought against government intrusion into private insurance in the debate over health care reform. Apparently, Republicans are perfectly fine with the government making health care decisions as long as those decisions advance their conservative social agenda.