Health Wars

Democrats’ Other Headache: Abortion

August’s rancorous health-care debates aren’t over yet. With “death panel” and Nazi memes already feeling passé, The Wall Street Journal reports that the Democrats’ other battle will be with pro-lifers. Most versions of the health bill would subsidize private health insurance for people with low incomes. Since many private plans cover abortions, critics complain that the federal government will be subsidizing controversial procedures. Antiabortion groups including The Family Research Council and the National Right to Life Committee are targeting swing-vote and pro-life Democrats and their districts. At a town-hall meeting for Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) on Tuesday, an activist shouting “We won’t pay for murder!” had to be removed by police. Twenty House Democrats recently signed a letter announcing they will not support a bill that fails to explicitly exclude abortion coverage.