On July 17, 2007, then Sen. Barack Obama told supporters at a Planned Parenthood event that women’s reproductive services–read: abortion–would be at the center of his healthcare agenda.
Two years later, on July 21, 2009, Obama told CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric that abortion was not a focus of his healthcare plan.
“I’m pro-choice, but I think we also have the tradition in this town, historically, of not financing abortions as part of government-funded health care,” he said, adding: “My main focus is making sure that people have options of high quality care at the lowest possible price.”
Two days ago, however, the Associated Press reported that the government-sponsored insurance plan–Barack Obama’s “Public Option”–would indeed provide coverage for abortions. And, as taxpayers will inevitably foot the bill for government-provided healthcare (which will inevitably push private insurance out of the marketplace), that means that taxpayers will indeed be funding abortions here in the United States of America.
So much for that “tradition in this town.”