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Republicans push tax hike on private insurance plans with abortion coverage

By Sahil Kapur
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 9:32 EDT
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WASHINGTON – A provision in a high-priority Republican bill would effectively hike taxes on private insurance plans that include abortion coverage, representing a significant threat to the pro-abortion-rights movement.

The provision is in Rep. Chris Smith’s (R-NJ) measure HR 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” which has 173 cosponsors and is up for consideration this week.

Among other things, it would eliminate tax incentives for businesses providing health care — a major reason why many employers can afford to do so — if the plans allow for abortion coverage. It would also remove medical tax deductions for individuals seeking to buy abortion-included insurance plans with their own money.

“This is consistent with our commitment that we are going to take away government funding for abortions,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told reporters this week. “This is consistent with where most Americans are and consistent with reducing spending.”

The effort is part of a larger GOP assault on abortion, framed by the party as an effort to ban federal funding for abortions. To this end, Republicans have recently come under fire from pro-abortion-rights advocates for attempts to alter the definition of rape (which they have since backed down on) and allow hospitals to deny abortions to women whose lives are in danger.

The measure has earned fierce opposition from Democrats and would face a tough, uphill battle in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

New York Democrat Rep. Jerrold Nadler called the provision a “Republican tax increase.” He said in a hearing that “this bill contains huge tax increases on families, businesses, and the self-employed if they spend their own money – let me repeat that: their own money – on abortion coverage or services.”

“I am equally surprised to find out that my Republican colleagues think that a tax exemption or credit is a form of government funding,” Nadler added, noting that the same logic would mean that churches and synagogues be stripped of tax exemptions as doing otherwise would reflect an establishment of religion.

[h/t Talking Points Memo]

 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    Those small government, get government out of our lives republican hypocrite clowns strike again.
    Abortion isn’t a huge priority right now, never was. Loads of people unemployed and all these regressive jerks want is a tax hike along with the government making every pregnant woman check in with Boeher boy to see how they should proceed. Get the base out with hype about dumb so-called social issues.

    Fuck you gop!

  • http://twitter.com/kmsdove Kathy Schneider

    Another reason for the private insurance scum bags to raise insurance rates for everyone. It’s just positioning them to justify higher premiums. And abortion is such a low priority compared to the millions of jobs that are now overseas while we sit here with no jobs in the U.S.

  • cannotvote

    These imbeciles need a whack with the sensible stick – worrying about abortion when the cost of such is let loose when a minigun lights up a civilian family in a foreign land – for the fun of it!

  • http://www.tommyjonestheband.com RantingTommy

    right wingers have a serious fetus fetish

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Gotta love right-wing mentality.. it’s “federal funding through tax breaks” for things they dislike, but the same mechanism isn’t the same thing for things they like… and it only applies to things they find morally objectionable (i.e. they are content to legislate morality while, out of the other side of their mouths, they say government should stay out of your personal life).

    It’s too bad that so many Americans are just as ignorant and abusive and hypocritical as the right-wing leadership. Pissed that a few million might go toward abortions, but happy to spend 10s of billions for oil Execs, 10s of billions on corporate farms (and, of course, the likes of Bachman who pulls in what, $250,000 a year in subsidies?), 10s of billions for Pharma profits (no negotiating drug prices for Medicare with Part D..)… and if anyone suggests applying “logic” (such as the idea that “if tax breaks are funding, we’re funding certain churches over others.. cancel all religious tax breaks so we don’t violate the Constitution”), they bitch and cry about how they FEEL that’s different some how.

    And the biggest kick in the balls.. “most people” don’t want to spend money on this ILLEGAL INVASION in Iraq and Afghanistan, but those fucks will happily ignore the people on that front while PRETENDING to use that justification for things they want to do.

    Why is it some delusional religitard’s business what I do with my own body? …. the divisive state in our country is the fault of those that would seek to be so petty and abusive as to destroy the economy over their religious morality, one they don’t actually adhere to in the first place. Liars and hypocrites; and they wonder why there’s a divide in this country. Right-wingers are an assault on sanity and decency wrapped in the delusional lie of religion. The American Taliban is begging for another civil war.

  • Anonymous

    More proof of the big republican lies:
    1.) “They are for less government intrusion ”
    2.) “They are for lower taxes.”

  • Anonymous

    These people are absolutely perverse. No other way to put it.

  • Anonymous

    Do these yokels REALLY believe that they are going to eradicate abortion? Really? Abortion has been around for thousands of years and will be here thousands of years into the future. All they are doing is sending it back to back alleys, cheap motel rooms and dirty knives.

  • Anonymous

    They will not get rid of abortion – it’s too useful in recruiting and maintaining low-information, down-right stupid voters.

  • Anonymous

    This can’t pass the Senate or get signed into law by Obama, can it?

    If so, this is just for show–to their bizarre 19% right winger base, which the Republicans are absolutely counting on to neutralize the 20% minority voters who are Democratic. How cynical can they get?

    Or, maybe, like old Carl Karcher of Carl’s Junior fame, they want to ban abortions because they see too many future consumers of hamburgers (and their own bilge rhetoric) lost to them.

  • Anonymous

    Alright Eric DE-Cantor, Tan Man Boehner, and friends… How does this benefit anyone but insurance companies? I see pure religious ideal intervention, hypocrisy, and no movement toward creating jobs. I just don’t see how not one GOP/Tea Party supporter can see through their bullshit. They’ve been harping on Obama for 2 years now for not moving fast enough and yet moving too fast and for “not getting anything done” and yet these ass monkeys have come in office and have done NOTHING but circus acts.

    I see nothing getting done in the next two years except increased violent rhetoric and never ending shenanigans brought to you by the GOP.

  • Anonymous

    People say there’s no difference in the Democrats and the republitiles?! LOLOLOL!!!

  • Anonymous

    What, republicans raising taxes and sticking government’s face where it doesn’t belong, putting itself squarely in between women and their doctors? No, it couldn’t be, could it? Man, the hypocrisy is just stifling.

  • LumberJock

    If they can kill abortion, they will. It’s no longer about election issue. the tea-beggars are demanding it as a litmus test. One element of tea-beggars that will shorten their impact is their attention span and their list of grievances. As their list is denied by failed legislation the meaner they’ll get and the more overt their concommitant behavior. That in turn will destroy their middle of the road voting block.

  • Anonymous

    We have a bunch of problems in this country, abortion is not one of them.

  • Anonymous

    Someone is going to have to prove to me that Bone man is sober.

  • Anonymous

    They want to tax the private heathcare companies so they can pass the cost down to the policy holder. Ass clown corporate whores.

  • Anonymous

    If they truly plan to repeal healthcare, why is this necessary? Oh, they are pandering to the religious right taliban….I see.

  • LumberJock

    Tell that to republican’ts who believe that keeping women from abortion is
    much more critical to our culture’s well being than 26,000,000 jobs.
    It’s just a symbol to them, while the jobs are real. Try finding a
    republican’t firmly connected to reality. If successful call collect.
    Essayons!
    .

  • LumberJock

    republlican’ts will always choose symbolic over substantive, until income
    their is symbolic
    Essayons!
    .

  • Anonymous

    Imagine that, Republicans using tax policy as a weapon in class warfare! Gee, this must be a first, huh?

  • LumberJock

    These ass-hats aren’t going to pay attention to us.
    1. The Senate will not pass any of this crap
    2. The President won’t sign any of this crap
    3. Relax; keep your powder dry
    4. Work to defeat any member of Congress who went along with this charade
    and excuse for not addressing repatriating jobs.
    5. Channel and direct your anger; be productive with it; don’t let your
    anger empty your quiver.
    Essayons!
    .

  • Anonymous

    And I think all republican politicians should be taxed higher because it was their President and the republican congress that caused the debt we have. It is their damn republican president who created a war based on lies and allowed the war profiteering and actually stealing of cold hard cash in Iraq! So cough it up republicans! You are so worried about the unborn when are you going to help the born? You vote against health care [even though it was a republican health care], you vote against extending unemployment, you want to destroy all social programs, you asked and received an extension of the tax cuts for the rich which raised the taxes for the poor. When are you greedy selfish pigs going to start representing the middle and poor classes? You are doing nothing constructive in congress you are merely putting on a show to make it look like you are actually working by using wedge issues that you know won’t pass. You obviously have NO plan for anything but wasting time. That is all your good for. You are disgusting excuses for human beings. A complete waste of human skin.

  • Anonymous

    But the repubs will be able to buy all the clean abortions they want. Look at what poppy
    bush did for the Chimp even before Roe v. Wade.

  • LumberJock

    Whatever motivated you to be so nice to those shizbotz. We’ll know just how
    much you despise republican’ts when you can work ‘feces fondlers’ into one
    of your descriptions of republican’t values, policies and activities.
    Personally I like the command to “Eat shit and like your lips!” or “Eat
    shit and ask for seconds!” or “Eat shit and puke it up so you can eat it
    again!”.
    In any case, to date, you’ve been too kind to them!
    Essayons!
    .

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXTnYCg8v8o Bamboo_Harvester

    gop = shitbags

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXTnYCg8v8o Bamboo_Harvester

    If I had repukes I’d disown them

  • Anonymous

    The right people are pushing for this policy as we see Weeper Speaker Boehner is hot for the woman and getting as many as possible now that he has the taxpayers money and the title with the time to party. Eric Cantor was busy with his at the Britney Spears convert trying to hit on Brit so he’s busy too. With so many old Law Makers flashing millions it’s only a matter of time before woman find out there’s a bun in the oven and they will leave the allies to use hangers and more deaths. Well that should make the church and the Christians happy as more unwanted kids to be left to the Welfare System oops that’s right the GOP wants to end Federal Programs. Well at lease the Priest and Law Makers who molest kids will have many kids to choose from. Rapes and molestation will be back to the way we do things in the United States and it’s legal again. Health insurance companies will say ever illness is precondition unless your a chosen person or a Law Maker.

  • Anonymous

    extend their taxation to the max for the corps and super $ guys………to pay for all the kids………..

  • LumberJock

    Bam! -

    I would love to see some originality here. For example: “If republican’ts
    had shit for brains, the best they could do is an odorless and silent
    fart!”. “This job is too big for a republican’t to handled; the biggest
    job they’ve ever had is ‘fecal-fondler’!”.
    Accusing them of being off their meds and such is just too too trite; let’s
    get a little original, and then keep it up. After all isn’t that one of
    our haul marks — we can get it up and keep it up!
    Thanks for listening!

    Essayons!
    Lum
    .

    Essayons!
    .

  • LumberJock

    How about a coherent presentation.
    Essayons!
    .

  • lilyannerose

    I’m so sick of these fools. I think what people care about today are jobs and securing an economy. I am so sick of these silly little men taking all of this time in order to be able to bullet point a campaign brochure. Just how do they think that Americans without jobs are supposed to support more children. These men are playing with people’s lives and in a very bad way.

  • RottenJohnny

    Gubment don’t wanna pay fer it, but sure do wanna make money offa it.

  • Anonymous

    “private insurance plans”, what part of that statement don’t they understand. If the insurance is private it’s not state or federal funded but privately funded. These men and women are total idiots in their half ass attempts at trying to stop abortion at all costs.

  • Anonymous

    Headline should read: “Anti-free market hypocrites embrace socialism.”

  • LumberJock

    This is an excellent example of privatizing profit and communizing losses.
    Additionally, they [the nameless and faceless they of the office of infinite
    secrets] classify the losses so we never see reports of the losses the
    people of the United States have underwritten with either tax $’s or
    borrowed $’s. The way enterprise is conducted in the U.S. is more and more
    like Germany of the 30′s & 40′s every day.
    Essayons!
    .

  • LumberJock

    You don’t even know what ‘it’ is.
    Essayons!
    .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TTCYMSQW7E5EVBYYMS2YSNCSAM Anonymous

    Thank you, Representative Nadler, for such an eloquent and poignant comparison. I applaud you for your words.

  • Anonymous

    Pro-tax, anti-small business, anti-health care Republicans. Or as Fox News calls it, the only party standing up for small business and your freedoms. With the obsession about abortion is it safe to call the Republicans a one issue party?

  • RottenJohnny

    It is a book written by Stephan King. Happy now?

  • LumberJock

    More like … 1 party issue
    Essayons!
    .

  • LumberJock

    How wood a toothless rummy from eastern KY find a book by stephen King? That is a self-portrait isn’t it?
    Talking about a different ‘it’. To whom is ‘it’ sold? Is ‘it’ an order-entry item or is it a point-of-sail item? Does ‘it’ come net, applied or is labor and installation extra? Is ‘it’ FOB manufacturer, freight pre-paid or consigned freight-collect?

  • RottenJohnny

    Choose an it and stick with it. Should be really easy if you try hard enough.

  • LumberJock

    Since I’m never at a loss for words, I don’t normally use ‘it’. ‘IT’ is for
    Clinton, Starr, and others without respect for the Office of President of
    the U.S. – like armey, gramm, mcconnell, boehner, cantor, other silly fools
    from the republican’t party and silly blue dogs who have deserted their
    President and their party.
    Essayons!
    .

  • RottenJohnny

    If that’s what IT does for you, go for IT.

    “Let us try.”

  • LumberJock

    No! Essayons = Drive on!
    Essayons!
    .

  • RottenJohnny

    The motto of the US Army Corps of Engineers is “ESSAYONS,” from French “Let us try.”

    The Essayons is also one of the US Army Corps of Engineers four hopper dredges, built in 1983 at a cost of $100 million.

    Drive on, dude, drive on :-)

  • LumberJock

    Jam -

    For 36 years I was a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. I still
    don’t know what you are selling. Are you silly and seditious or do you
    support a single-payer option?
    As for “Essayons!” – ‘to try’ may be good enough for the civilians, but for
    the Corps it is always DRIIIVE ON! I was there for the dredging of the
    MeKong Song in 67 & 68. The detritus from the bottom of Song MeKong was the
    perimeter berm & ground of DongTam.
    The difference between dude & dud is an ‘e’.

    Essayons!
    .

  • RottenJohnny

    I support a single payer option and I only wrote what a search for essayons produced.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=essayons+definition&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&client=firefox-a&rlz=1R1GGLL_en___US411

    And my original post makes perfedct sense as it pertains to the article.

  • LumberJock

    Jam -

    Thanks for the clarification. Thanks for the support of single-payer. Too
    many indefinite pronouns for me two follow in your original note.

    Essayons
    Lum
    .

  • RottenJohnny

    I am definitely one to use indefinite pronouns. I don’t do windows though :-)

  • LumberJock

    If you don’t do windows … what O/S does your computer use?
    Essayons!
    .

  • RottenJohnny

    Ubuntu . . . Free, secure and way better than windows.

  • LumberJock

    I’m SuSE – 10.3
    Essayons!
    .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZURVEQCQ2Y3Z4FXOKVGZXEBUUU Clarence Laliberte

    What happened to the no new taxes guys. It just shows that the anti-government, keep government out of our business people are ready to use government and taxes to further their own “moral agenda”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZURVEQCQ2Y3Z4FXOKVGZXEBUUU Clarence Laliberte

    Planned Parenthood has done more to actually cut down on abortion by education and getting women to doctors before they get pregnant than this idiot will ever succeed in doing. The reason that the Right hates Planned Parenthood is not because it facilitates abortion but because it might just be the only answer that works in eliminating abortion.

  • LumberJock

    Duh-uh!
    Did you just now wake up?
    Sin taxes have been the favorite control element for social preverts since
    Clara Barton – more obvious at Margaret Sanger.
    Essayons!
    .

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