The Texas Medical Association (TMA) has released a statement opposing the Senate version of the Government Takeover of healthcare. Click here for their release. http://www.texmed.org/Template.aspx?id=8201
Quorum Report is reporting that Democrat State Representative, Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), is criticizing the TMA’s position.
The QR piece says that the Obama Whitehouse asked Rep. Coleman to a be a pointman in Texas for selling healthcare reform.
It should frighten all Texans that Obama wants Coleman to be a leader on healthcare issues, and it should tell us something about what type of “reform” Obama is seeking.
Who is State Representative Garnet Coleman? Well just a few recent details. He supported HB 2221, by Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston), filed this past Texas Legislative session, which would have forced Texas hospitals to give out emergency contraception (which can cause an abortion) to alleged sexual assault vicitms. This would apply to public and private hospitals, including Catholic (as was specifically pointed out during the testimony of another person) and other faith-based hospitals, which would force doctors to violate their conscience by forcing them to participate in causing an abortion.
Can you say – taxpayer funded abortions?
This bill received a hearing in the House Public Health committee, and committee member Rep. Coleman (D-Houston), thundered away at us, in favor of this bill, when we testified against it. Thankfully, this bill was never voted out of this committee.
Rep. Coleman himself, filed a bill during the now ended Texas Legislative session, H.B. 2968, that would have removed the current law that informs women, as a part of informed consent before an abortion, that there is a possibility of increased risk of breast cancer following an induced abortion. This bill thankfully never received a hearing.
These two bills failed in Texas Legislative session, but are prime examples for what the government is capable of doing when it has ultimate control over healthcare. Forcing Catholic and other faith-based hospitals and healthcare providers to cause abortions, against their conscience, and censoring information about risks to women is the wrong directions for our state and our country.
Is this the type of reform Obama and Congress want for healthcare?