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White House Changes its Position on ObamaCare Abortion, Wants Explicit Ban

If I understand what has happened this week in the fur-ball-fight known as ObamaCare, the left got rolled.

The White House says:

1) there will be an explicit ban on health benefits for illegal aliens;
2) there will be an explicit ban on abortion funding;

and, according moderate Senators of both parties:

3) there will not be even a public option trigger in the Senate.

And the liberals get what, exactly?

From Politico:

Here’s an exchange from ABC’s “This Week,” between Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and host George Stephanopoulos.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Secretary Sebelius, what’s wrong with that, making it explicit in the bill that no public funding should go toward abortions?

SEBELIUS: Well, I think that’s what the president intends to do. There’s no intent to change the language that’s in the current Medicaid statute, which has been there for years and provides insurance to millions of Americans.

And in fact, recently the Catholic bishops came out, after the president’s statement, saying that his statement about what he intends in the plan, that no public funds would go to fund abortions, and the fact that he has come out firmly for insuring all Americans and saying it’s a moral issue as well as an economic issue, and they endorse moving forward.

So I think that, you know, the legislative language will reflect what the president has just said.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you’re saying it will go beyond what we have seen so far in the House and explicitly rule out any public funding for abortion?

SEBELIUS: Well, that’s exactly what the president said and I think that’s what he intends. That the bill he signs will do.

Democrat Mary Landrieu said on the same show adding such language would soothe her concerns, and Republican Olympia Snowe said on CBS negotiators were making that explicit in the Finance Committee’s forthcoming measure.

Here, again from Politico, is the video of the exchange above: