Pelosi promised Planned Parenthood she wouldn’t pass Obamacare without abortion

  / (From Live Action News)

Image: Nancy Pelosi and former Planned Parenthood Prez Cecile Richards

Nancy Pelosi and former Planned Parenthood Prez Cecile Richards

Despite former President Barack Obama’s promises that “no federal dollars” would be used “to fund abortions and federal conscience laws would remain in place” under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a recent Tweet by former Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards unintentionally revealed that funding abortion through the ACA was actually part of the plan from the beginning.

In a series of tweetsRichards responded to pushback against Nancy Pelosi being nominated as Speaker of the House in the newly-elected Congress. In her tweets, Richards said she spoke with Pelosi while the ACA was being pushed through, receiving an assurance that abortion would be part of the healthcare act.

“I also find it interesting – though not surprising – that the effort to go after [Pelosi] is being led by four men in Congress,” Richards tweets. “She was the Speaker of the House when we passed the Affordable Care Act. As  has said himself, we would not have the ACA without her.”

Then came this admission:

I will never forget the meeting with her [Speaker Pelosi], when I was at PP, where she told me in the middle of that fight that she would not pass the ACA if it banned insurance coverage for abortion. Though many “progressive” men were willing to throw women under the bus, she was not.

Image: Cecile Richards Tweet reveals Dems knew ObamaCare would fund abortion (Image: Twitter)

Cecile Richards Tweet reveals Dems knew ObamaCare would fund abortion (Image: Twitter)

Of course, pro-life advocates saw this coming at the time, despite the claims of Pelosi, who even had trouble wrangling members of her own party to vote for the ACA because of its abortion funding.

Planned Parenthood worked tirelessly to elect President Obama, who told members of a 2007 Planned Parenthood event,  “… In my mind reproductive care is essential care. It is basic care. So, it is at the center and at the heart of the plan that I propose….” ‘Reproductive care’ is frequently used as code for abortion.

READ: Gallup poll: Majority of Americans want more abortion restrictions

Despite the American public’s opposition to taxpayer-funded abortions, Planned Parenthood, with direct assistance from Speaker Pelosi, made certain abortion was in the ACA, and we now know this was a deliberate and calculated effort — a cooperation with the abortion industry.

In 2014, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that identified 1,036 ACA plans that covered abortion and received taxpayer subsidies. The 2014 report concluded that more than a thousand federally subsidized ACA policies paid for abortion, often unbeknownst to policyholders.

A recent analysis of ACA plans found that, despite existing regulations requiring it, “For 2014… none of the entities interviewed that billed insurance… either itemized abortion on the premium bill or issued a separate bill that clearly named its purpose for abortion.”

To remedy this, the Trump administration issued a new rule to make certain consumers aren’t forced to pay for abortion coverage if they don’t want to. But, of course, Planned Parenthood, which recently issued a new plan to expand abortion, is crying foul.

Image: Planned Parenthood calls Trump HHS rule change secret plan (Image: PPFA Website)

Planned Parenthood calls Trump HHS rule change secret plan (Image: PPFA Website)

Why would a rule stating that consumers must be told when their plans cover abortion “make it nearly impossible… to cover abortion”? Perhaps Cecile Richards has an inkling that Americans really aren’t as favorable toward abortion as the abortion industry tries to claim.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

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Additional:
From The New York Times (Read: LiveActionNews)

Nancy Pelosi did not want to talk about Planned Parenthood.
It was a meeting of House Democrats early in 2017, during Republicans’ drive that March to strike down the Affordable Care Act. Ms. Pelosi and her political lieutenants laid out their counterattack: Democrats would talk about pre-existing conditions and millions of people losing coverage. And they would talk about an “age tax” — a provision in the Obamacare replacement passed by the House, which would have allowed health insurers to widen the premium gap between younger and older customers.

Ms. Pelosi acknowledged it would require restraint from Democrats. In her own San Francisco district, she said, people wanted her to fight the health care battle over funding for Planned Parenthood and Medicaid. “Those things are in our DNA, but they are not in our talking points,” Ms. Pelosi became fond of saying, according to a close associate.

Cecile Richards: (Excerpt Broadly)

“People’s impressions get based on no information,” she said. “One of the reasons I wrote what I did today is because a woman I know said to me the other day something I couldn’t believe. She was like, ‘I need to know where Pelosi is on abortion rights,’ and I was like, ‘Are you kidding? Nancy Pelosi is the reason we still have access to abortion rights under the Affordable Care Act.’”

Richards explained when the Affordable Care Act was on the verge of being passed, many members of Congress were ready to agree to it being passed while excluding abortion coverage.

When Richards visited Pelosi in her office, she said Pelosi looked her in the eye and said, “If there is an abortion ban, there will not be an Affordable Care Act.”

When it comes to criticisms being lobbed against Pelosi, Richards said much of it is “centimeter deep and a mile wide” and based on “whatever GOP line there is out there that day.”

…In terms of Pelosi’s accomplishments, Richards said there is no Speaker who has paralleled what she’s accomplished when leading the majority, and also when leading the minority.

“She’s done it at the same time as helping to build a caucus that’s beginning to look as diverse as the rest of this country,” Richards said. “A caucus with new progressive women, people of color, women of color, LGBTQ people, who are going to rock Capitol Hill. That’s something to look at and recognize.”

In Richards’ eyes, Pelosi deserves to sit in the seat at the table that she fought so for many years to obtain, a seat Richards also believes will be filled by many more women in the future.

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