So the US is getting closer to something approximating universal health care coverage. I haven’t looked to see just what’s happened to, for example, legal foreign visitors, still less illegal ones, but it looks a lot better than the status quo. And there are even provisions for same-sex couples that make their situation more equitable.
There is also a huge and horrible problem, one that Roman Catholic Church and of course many others apparently worked very hard to bring about. And that is the complete lack of coverage for abortions except in the case of the mother’s life gravely threatened, incest and rape.
The RC Church bishops demanded that letters denouncing the bill and requests for actions and contributions to fight it be read out at masses across the country. This was an action with all sorts of political ramifications, not just about abortion, and it is a puzzle to me how they keep their tax exempt status.
So what do you think about the compromise? Pelosi is a strong abortion rights advocate and accepted the restrictions when it seemed either that or the bill will fail. She’s said to be counting on the senate to have a better bill. I think that’s the “right” decision, but that’s in large part because I’m worried that the possibility of no bill at all is very much alive still.
What do you think?