Sarah Palin’s appearance in Jacksonville, Florida may have been bumped to a smaller venue due to slow ticket sales, but that didn’t stop the Mama Grizzly from taking her shots against the health care law and Governor Charlie Crist for vetoing a piece of anti-abortion legislation:
In a speech that only ventured into politics on abortion issues, Palin criticized Obama’s health care overhaul as a plan that will lead to more abortions.
“The biggest advance of the abortion industry in America is the passage of Obamacare,” Palin said. “Elective abortions have nothing to do with health care. It’s about ending lives, not saving lives.”
Of course, anyone even remotely attune to the actual dynamics of the health care debate knows that the so-called “abortion industry” — by which I presume Palin means pro-choice activists who advocate on behalf of doctors who perform abortions — was quite disappointed with the law and the rash of anti-abortion activity in the states that followed its passage.
To refresh, health plans may offer abortion coverage in the exchanges, but only if their customers write two checks – one for the share of their premium that’s allocated for abortion services and one for all other health care coverage – even though both checks would come from the customers’ private funds, not from government coffers. The Nelson deal also included language that encourages states to pass their own version of the Stupak Amendment, which some have, thereby completely eliminating abortion coverage from the exchanges.
Pro-choice advocates saw the Nelson firewall requirement as an “unprecedented” restriction on “private insurance coverage for abortion care, making it much more cumbersome for insurers to offer coverage and for consumers to obtain it.” In the time since the law passed, moreover, conservative state lawmakers have gone even farther, using the law’s opt-out language as an opportunity to severely restrict women’s ability to purchase abortion services with private dollars and the administration has prohibited states from covering abortion in the high risk insurance pools. If that’s the “biggest advance” for the abortion “industry,” the the Gulf spill was the biggest advance for the oil industry.