Kresta In The Afternoon

Obama Health Care Forum: Will Abortion Sink Reform Bill?

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Description: Leading up to last week’s health care summit, there was been plenty of chatter about everything from consideration of an excise tax on so-called Cadillac insurance plans to public options, to how much time everyone got to speak. But Democrats and Republicans alike have uttered hardly a word about an issue that could sink the health reform effort unless it is resolved: abortion. With all the discussion of reconciliation or not in the Senate, the real focus should be this: The future of health care reform now rests largely with two blocs of swing Democrats in the House of Representatives — abortion opponents and fiscal conservatives — whose indecision signals the difficulties Speaker Pelosi faces in securing the votes necessary to pass the bill. We get up to date with Leonard Nelson, author of Diagnosis Critical: The Urgent Threats Confronting Catholic Health care.

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