I had to go back over this clip a couple times on my Tivo, but Mike Johanns does in fact argue for Stupak because it allows women to buy insurance plans on the exchange that provide abortion coverage:
JOHANNS: Senantor Hatch, let me just interject something here because I think this is a very important point to make following up on what you just say. Some say that a person would never want to purchase a separate rider to cover abortions. Just won’t happen, they say.
But they misunderstand what the Stupak language actually allows, so let me be clear about this.
If a woman wants her health insurance plan to provide elective abortion services, she does have the choice to purchase a health insurance plan that provides that on the exchange — she just has to pay for it with her own money. Am I correct in that interpretation, or have I misunderstood?
HATCH: That’s correct.
From which we can conclude:
- Either Johanns and Hatch don’t know what’s in Stupak, or they’re lying about it to gain support AND
- Johanns and Hatch are okay with plans in the exchange offering elective abortion coverage as long as a woman pays for it “with her own money.” Johanns even goes so far as to say this is an “important point.”
I guess that clears that up.