First State Opts Out of Abortion Funding in Dem's Nationalized Health Care Bill
Tennessee Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen signed into law a bill that protects taxpayers from for abortion funding under Obamacare.
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The first state in the nation has decided to opt out of some of the massive taxpayer funding of abortion found in the new health care law President Barack Obama signed. Governor Phil Bredesen defied expectations and signed into law the bill that protects taxpayers from paying some of the abortion funding.
Bredesen is a Democrat who supports legal abortions and there was some concern he would consider vetoing the bill.
The measure has Tennessee opting out of using state tax money to pay for abortions in state health care exchanges — though other abortion funding in the government-run health care bill can’t be suppressed by state efforts.
Under the new health care law, states will be in charge of their own health care exchanges that are available for individuals and small businesses. The new law will keep any insurance plans on the Tennessee exchange from offering abortion coverage.
“We must take every action possible to protect Tennessee from being a part of a plan that allows for funding abortions,” said state Senator Diane Black, a Republican who sponsored the bill.