Lawmaker Files Bill to Exclude Abortion Coverage

By: AP
By: AP


A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill to exclude abortion coverage from policies obtained through health insurance exchanges.

States are required to set up the exchanges to provide coverage
under the federal health care overhaul beginning in 2014.

Last year, the Republican-dominated Legislature passed a similar
ban on abortion coverage as part of a bill requiring women to have
ultrasounds before getting abortions. Then-Gov. Charlie Crist
vetoed it.

Health News Florida reports that led Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort
Walton Beach, to file the bill (HB 97).

Stephanie Kunkel, executive director of the Florida Association
of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, says the bill is unnecessary
because the health overhaul already restricts funding for abortion
coverage through the exchanges.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2011 at 07:12 PM
    tom, I sincerely appreciate your response. No one wishes to kill babies, even the most liberal of people. THe fact is that government should not have a say in regulating what insurance companies can and cannot cover. I completely understand if this wants to be directed at Medicaid or Medicare, but general laws on all private insurance companies restricting reimbursement for abortion is inappropriate. Government has no place there. In a perfect world, every baby that is concieved makes it to live a great life...but this is not the case, sadly. I am not educated on everything either but I know that Government needs to have limits and know their place. It just doesnt seem to be the case here. Abortion is a legal procedure and until it is illegal we need to respect it as a law like any other (not accept or condone, but respect it as it is).
  • by tom Location: madison on Jan 7, 2011 at 05:33 AM
    Anonymous: I am not able to answer your questions because I am not educated on them; you may even be right. This topic is insurance not being used to kill babies, and I know that this is a good thing.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 at 04:25 PM
    Not only is this a waste of time and taxpayers money but it also is indicative of what will be the ever increasing legislated morality as will be mandated on the public by the majority of the RepubliTaliban. They all speak of free enterprise and freedom from regulation but here the hipocrits want to impose a restriction on insurers. If insurers want to collect premiums for and pay for abortion charges it should be only be between the insurer and the subscriber/customer/patient.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 at 04:04 PM
    Tom, why then is Florida foregoing the Federal money for Kid Care when we are 49th in the US in children's health insurance? Is not insuring them killing them too?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    Tom- please then explain to me why smoking cessation products are not covered by insurance? Wouldn't that save lives? Please then explain to me why Viagra is covered by insurance? Is that saving lives? Hardly. Abortion is legal so get over it- and if it wasn't anyone wanting an abortion will find a way to have one. If the Repbulicans were to make abortion illegal there would REALLY be no hope for them shutting up about people having children out of wedlock and having kids being raised on taxpayer dollars. Its a no win situation- just like trying to argue for women's rights with people who are too ignorgant to see the real issues at hand.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 at 02:21 PM
    What exactly is the image supposed to be behind the word "abortion" on this page? Looks a bit phallic. Odd.
  • by tom Location: madison on Jan 6, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    insurance is supposed to save lives.....not kill
  • by Anonymous Location: Ft. Walton Beach on Jan 6, 2011 at 12:23 PM
    Shows you how well-informed these idiot legislators are, tilting after a windmill that doesn't exist. They should at least familiarize themselves with the healthcare coverage laws before they waste legislative time and our tax money chasing down something that isn't even there, time and money that could be better spent fixing the economy they screwed up.
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