From Diogenes,without the irony, which is nevertheless right on target:
The New York Times reports that the Catholic Health Association and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious think the Senate got it right:
In an apparent split with Roman Catholic bishops over the abortion-financing provisions of the proposed health care overhaul, the nation’s Catholic hospitals have signaled that they back the Senate’s compromise on the issue, raising hopes of breaking an impasse in Congress and stirring controversy within the church. …
Just days before the bill passed, the Catholic Health Association, which represents hundreds of Catholic hospitals across the country, said in a statement that it was “encouraged” and “increasingly confident” that such a compromise “can achieve the objective of no federal funding for abortion.” An umbrella group for nuns followed its lead.
As for the "objective of no federal funding for abortion," no serious pro-life organization feels that the present Health Care Bill achieves that objective. To say that it does is to simply repeat the president's strategy of telling people what they want to hear regardless of how poorly it fits the facts. As in this:
Quite to the contrary, here is the actual situation today according to the Americans United for Life:
... insurance plans that cover elective abortions will receive these federal subsidies," Americans United for Life explains.
"Finally, there is an additional limitation on choice in Majority Leader Reid’s amendment that has been largely ignored, and for the first time in U.S. history imposes an abortion tax on unwilling Americans," AUL adds.
"Under Majority Leader Reid’s amendment, ALL individuals who participate in plans in the Exchange that include elective abortion coverage, even if they do so unwittingly, will directly pay part of their own premiums into an account that pays for nothing but elective abortions," the pro-life group says.
"The amendment provides that each and every enrollee in such a plan (or their employer on their behalf) must write a separate check for elective abortion coverage, even if that enrollee never intends to have an abortion. That amount cannot be less than $12.00 per year," it notes.
On this issue, as on others, the watchword is: pay attention to what he does and not what he says.
In case you think this is a recent development:
The thing to remember is that our president spent years employing and refining the political ethics (if that's the word) of Saul Alinsky.