In the official Republican response to the State of the Union address, although we did not hear much of substance from the representative who shilled for the party, we were told that the republican Party opposed government intrusion in our lives, and that our health care choices should be ours and not the governments.
That was at about 10:30 p.m. on January 28, right after the SOTU.
Just a few hours before the State of the Union, on that very afternoon, the Republicans in the House passed a bill that seeks to limit abortion services.
That would be that No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, or H.R. 7, which expands restrictions of the federal subsidies now available for private insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.
The 1976 Hyde Amendment already rules out funding abortions with federal funds except in the case of the life of the mother, rape, or incest; and President Obama signed an executive order in 2010 preventing any ACA subsidies from being used for abortion services.
The new law expands on this, going beyond an actual abortion as it applies to any plan, provider, or facility that offers such services.
The Affordable Care Act does not prevent insurance plans from including abortion coverage, but every exchange must include at least one plan that does not include that coverage.
Presently, even if a woman purchases a plan that covers abortion beyond the three allowed reasons for one, she would get no subsidy money, but would have to pay the cost of the abortion herself.
This bill would prevent anyone from buying a plan that has abortion coverage, even if it is the cheapest and abortion is something that will never happen because, for example, the person is a single male. Not only will this control the health care choice of women, but even a single male would have to go for a more expensive policy to avoid a policy that covers abortion.
According to Chairman of the house Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte:
"During the time the Hyde Amendment has been in place, probably millions and millions of innocent children and their mothers have been spared the horrors of abortion. The policy we will be discussing today has likely given America the gift of millions more children and, consequently, millions more mothers and millions more fathers, millions more lifetimes and trillions more loving gestures and other human gifts in all their diverse forms."
Although the bill would allow states the choice to provide their own funding for abortion services, this does not cover Washington D.C, so women there will have fewer options than women elsewhere. They will have less recourse.
The Senate is unlikely to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, and the White House said Monday it strongly opposes the bill.
Meanwhile the Republican stance is that we, the people, should have control over our health care choices and not the government of which the house of Representatives is a part.
But what we were told was the republican stance after the SOTU does not match what the GOP did in the House just five hours before.