Kay at BJ relates a rare tale of reality asserting itself in political debate:
Conservatives and media promoted three big lies about the health care law. The law included death panels, it funded abortions, and it was a government takeover of the health care system. All three lies were used very effectively in the 2010 midterm elections. …
A federal judge in Ohio said Monday that the Affordable Care Act does not provide for taxpayer funding for abortion. The statement was the cornerstone of the judge’s ruling to allow a defamation lawsuit brought against the Susan B. Anthony List by a former congressman to move forward. …
SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Their conclusion — that Steve Driehaus voted for a bill allowing taxpayer funding of abortion — is backed by every major pro-life organization in the country along with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Congressional Research Service and other nonpartisan organizations. The SBA List will continue to defend its actions, the voters and the right to criticize our elected officials.”
Driehaus lost the election but Judge Timothy Black stated in a decision that the defamation lawsuit could move forward because “the express language of the PPACA does not provide for taxpayer funded abortion. That is a fact and it is clear on its face.” SBA List’s request for summary judgment on the case was denied.
This was only the dismissing of a motion for summary judgment by SBA List; there’s still more to come in this lawsuit.
Still, I was surprised to see SBA List citing the Congressional Research Service for the notion that the bill allows taxpayer funding for abortion. I found a post at their website containing the same claim (that the ACA was “a healthcare overhaul which, according to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service … will expand abortion”). That post links to this HHS pdf, which explains that the temporary high-risk pools created in response to GOP proposals might, as the Annenberg Center explained, provide coverage for abortions in the case of rape, incest, or where the life of the mother is threatened.
Those facts are never part of SBA List’s boilerplate, blunderbuss accusations about the Affordable Care Act, of course. No, it’s just “ACA = Abortion.”
ADDED: Forgot to mention that as of six months ago, 12,000 Americans had signed up for the high-risk pools.