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Ellsworth Letter1

Ellsworth Letter1

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Published by Patrick Blumer

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Published by: Patrick Blumer on Aug 02, 2010
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BRAD ELLSWORTH
8TH DISTRICT, INDIANA
Patrick Blumer
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ARMED SERVICES
SEAPDWER AND EXPEDITIONARY FORCESTERRORISM, UNCONVENTIONAL THREATS,AND CAPABILITIES
AGRICULTURE
CONSERVATION, CREDIT, ENERGY,AND RESEARCH
GENERAL FARM COMMODITIES AND
RISK MANAGEMENT
SMALL BUSINESS
CONTRACTING AND TeCHNOLOGYINVESTIGATIONS AND OVERSIGHT
Evansville, INDear Patrick,Thank you for contacting me about the importance of ensuring pro-lifeprotections in the new health care reform law are strictly enforced. I appreciate yourcomments, and I welcome this opportunity to share my thoughts.As a pro-life Hoosier, one of my central concerns has been preventing federalfunding of elective abortion. Throughout my life and my brief time in Congress, I haveheld firm to my pro-life principles, even when it meant going against my party, and I amproud of my 100% pro-life voting record on abortion-related issues.After spending time listening carefully to constituents, pro-life leaders, policyexperts, reading all the details of every bill and receiving the assurances from theCatholic Health Association and Catholic Nuns, I was confident in my heart that the finalhealth reform package met my pro-life principles and upheld the policy of no federalfunding for elective abortions. While the health reform law ensures that no taxpayerfunds will be used to fund abortions, it also provides Hoosier women experiencing anunexpected pregnancy with the resources they need to choose life, like prenatal healthcare, childcare, and parenting education. The bill also encourages adoption by providingcouples who choose to adopt with an expanded, $15,000 tax credit. The combination of these two policies, backed with $250 million in federal funding, is expected to reduce_abortions in Indiana by 95% over ten years. _As you may have heard, the new health care reform law establishes new high rispools, designed to help Americans with preexisting conditions access affordable healthinsurance between now and when the bill fully outlaws insurance companydiscrimination in 2014. Each state has the option to create its own high risk pool, andseveral states have taken advantage of this new authority to set up innovative plans thatcan help vulnerable Americans get the health care they need. Some incorrect sourcesrecently reported the new high risk pool plan in Pennsylvania was planning to use federalfunds to pay for elective abortions, which is not allowed by the Hyde Amendment.Importantly, federal rules for this program have yet to be written, and the Department of Health and Human Services has publicly stated the final rules will indeed prohibit any
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