Amendment to Senate Health Care Bill Addresses Anti-Abortion Bill

December 7, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - A bipartisan group of senators led by Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska has released an amendment to the Senate's health care bill that would put stringent restrictions on abortion
coverage.

Liberals say it goes beyond current law and they won't support
it. The issue could threaten passage of the overall health care
bill because Nelson says he won't vote for the bill without the
abortion language.

The amendment made public Monday bars any private insurance
company that gets federal money from covering abortions. That would
apply to most insurers under the new bill, since they will benefit
from new government health subsidies for low-income people.

A new government insurance plan would also be barred from
covering abortion except in limited cases.


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