Fact check site says ‘abortion fee’ claim is false

The Web site Politifact.com says claims by Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, that the health insurance reform bill facing the Senate, "would levy a new ‘abortion premium’ fee on Americans in the government-run plan," is false.

The Web site, run by the St. Petersburg Times newspaper, evaluates claims by politicians and rates them as true, false or somewhere in between.

Of the Boehner claim about abortion the site reports: "The bill does not require a fee, or a charge above and beyond the premium cost specifically to cover abortions. And technically speaking, we don’t know whether the public option will offer abortion coverage or not. Instead, it gives the Health and Human Services secretary a minimum for estimating the cost of covering abortions. So we give Boehner a False."

Here’s a link to the entire piece, which has a detailed breakdown of the claim.

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