Steven Waldman

Democratic health care proposals in the House and Senate included this novel provision: the new health care exchanges would be required to offer at least one plan that covers abortion and one that doesn’t.
Doesn’t that sound even-handed? What I’m hearing is that the pro-choice forces didn’t much like the provision since most parts of the country already offered plans that covered abortion. They viewed this as a gimme for the pro-life forces.
Ironically, the pro-life forces attacked the provision for requiring that some plans cover abortion.
In other words, neither side much likes it. Hey: we’ve found something that the pro-life and pro-choice forces can agree on!

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