Stop lying about health care and abortion.

It’d be nice if conservatives would actually tell the truth about health care. Particularly about abortion in the health care reform bills, which have become the latest conservative flash point.

For example, Michael Steele gives us an article entitled: Obamacare Pushes Abortion. He tells us that

This abortion mandate would not just apply to the Democrats’ government-run “option.” Any private plans that receive taxpayer subsidies to provide coverage to people with low to moderate incomes — and under the Democrats’ plan that would be nearly all of them — would have to provide coverage for abortions, and pay for them with taxpayer dollars, too.

Two paragraphs earlier, though, he says that

As the bill is written, there is nothing that could keep federal bureaucrats from mandating that coverage of abortions be included in the “essential benefits package.”

There’s a pretty big difference between “pushing abortion” and requiring that taxpayers pay for them, and a lack of language forbidding coverage for it.

And while there are plenty of arguments to be made for government subsidizing abortions for poor women (Frances Kissling makes a good one, for example), in today’s political climate, where even President Obama says that “we also have a tradition of, in this town, historically, of not financing abortions as part of government funded health care,” it’s not going to happen.

Oh, one more lie from Michael Steele:

Voters want health care reform. So do Republicans.

Really? I think there’s plenty of evidence that Republicans don’t.

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