* Gov. Rauner’s biggest problem with his threatened veto of HB40 - which would, among other things expand Medicaid and state employee health insurance coverage of abortion - is what he wrote on Personal PAC’s questionnaire in 2014…
“I dislike the Illinois law that restricts abortion coverage under the state Medicaid plan and state employees’ health insurance because I believe it unfairly restricts access based on income. I would support a legislative effort to reverse that law.”
* The governor’s position now…
But Rauner’s office last week said the governor doesn’t support the current bill because of “sharp divisions of opinion of taxpayer funding of abortion,” while offering that he’s “committed to protecting women’s reproductive rights under current Illinois law.”
The administration on Wednesday said the current law already covers abortions [in instances of rape, incest and life of the mother] and “goes above and beyond federal law by covering abortions to protect the health of the mother.” They noted that 17 states including Illinois allow taxpayer funds to pay for abortion beyond the federal guidelines.
And as pro-choice activists seek to blast the governor, his administration contends he has signed two bills protecting women’s reproductive rights — one mandating private insurance coverage for birth control and a right of conscience measure.
Rauner, too, has the support of Cardinal Blase Cupich, who on Wednesday thanked him for his stance.
…Adding… A pretty good insight from the comment section…
Not surprising, candidate Rauner knew he could gain votes from disillusioned Democrats with lip service to liberal positions.
Reelection Rauner knows that’s not going to happen again so he needs to shore up the base that will vote for him no matter what, conservatives. Didn’t his office say they support whatever polls well? And this polls well with his supporters.
It actually polls pretty well across the board, as Cardinal Cupich noted yesterday. So, this is a way of both shoring up his base and aligning himself with popular opinion.
…Adding More… Sen. Daniel Biss reacted yesterday on Twitter and I didn’t see it until today. Click here.