WASHINGTON — After a botched effort to pass legislation imposing a 20-week ban on abortions, House Republicans are moving forward Thursday with what’s being dubbed a less controversial bill that codifies a ban on federal funding for abortions.
The bill would do a number of things — including block federal funds for abortion for women who are in the military, who live in Washington, D.C., and who are poor — but one aspect of the legislation that hasn’t received much attention is the fact that it would raise taxes on the vast majority of small businesses.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would deny small businesses a tax credit they currently receive through what’s known as the SHOP exchange, a part of the Affordable Care Act, if they include abortion care in their health plans. Roughly 87 percent of private plans include abortion services as part of comprehensive coverage, meaning the bulk of small businesses would be hit with a tax hike if the bill were to become law.
Apparently the House is so insistent on passing an anti-abortion bill that it is willing to increase taxes on small business owners. Now that’s just wrong. There is just something hideously not right with punishing small business owners.
The bill is not expected to pass the Senate. There are 53 Republicans and a vote of 60 is needed.
Aren’t there other things to spend legislative time on? I think so. The best way to stop abortion right in its tracks is to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
The White House response should the bill pass:
“The legislation would intrude on women’s reproductive freedom and access to health care; increase the financial burden on many Americans; unnecessarily restrict the private insurance choices that consumers have today; and restrict the District of Columbia’s use of local funds, which undermines home rule,” reads a Statement of Administration Policy from the White House. “If the president were presented with H.R. 7, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto this bill.”