Fox News reports:
The pro-life Democrat leading the charge in the House against passage of the Senate health insurance reform bill said Friday that a key committee chairman told him that Democrats want abortions to be paid by a federally-funded nationalized health insurance system. . .
In an interview . . . Stupak described what he said was a conversation with Waxman about the Senate’s version of the health care overhaul. . . “I gave him the language. He came back a little while later and said, ‘But we want to pay for abortions.’ I said, ‘Mr. Chairman, that’s — we disagree. We don’t do it now, we’re not going to start.’
“‘But we think should,'” Stupak said Waxman told him.
Despite Waxman’s admission that they are trying to change the law, other Democrats are sticking with the dishonest claim that the Hyde amendment somehow prevents federal funding for abortion:
But Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., a liberal Democrat who says he wants federal funding for abortion, told Fox News that the Senate bill changes nothing about the “Hyde amendment,” which is decades-old law preventing taxpayer money from being used to pay for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or injury to the mother.
As has been noted many times before, this is an absolute, bald-faced lie. The Hyde amendment bars Medicaid from spending money on abortion, and it has no relevance here. In fact, the Senate voted down a Hyde-like provision in its health care bill. More here. (Via the Corner.)
UPDATE: The other argument that people make to try to claim that the bill doesn’t fund abortion is that the Senate bill contains language preventing it. That’s not as dishonest as the Hyde amendment argument (which is an outright lie), but it’s also bogus.