But those are hypotheticals, and the trend is in the other direction. The Health and Human Services Department announced this summer that a program for high-risk uninsured will not cover abortions except in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger — exceptions traditionally allowed under federal law. Catholic bishops welcomed the policy, while abortion rights supporters said the restriction went too far.
• The Health Information Campaign, a group supporting the law and founded by former Obama administration allies, is launching its own $2 million national cable and online ad campaign promoting the law and features that are now in effect or about to go into effect.
The claim: The law provides small-business tax credits to make employee coverage more affordable, it will begin to allow young people to remain on their parents’ coverage until age 26, and it will prohibit insurers from dropping people from coverage when they get sick.
The facts: All those changes will indeed occur.
But the most expensive provisions of the law won’t go into effect until 2014.
That includes the unpopular requirement that all Americans obtain insurance — some with taxpayer help — and that those who don’t will have to pay a fine.
There’s no mention of that provision in the Health Information Campaign ad.