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05/03/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Nelson Restrictions Most Likely Outcome of Reconciliation Process

As health reform seems to be approaching final passage, anti-choice advocates are ratcheting up pressure to completely eliminate coverage of abortion care, now a basic component of the insurance coverage held by the majority of currently-insured women in the United States.

Meanwhile, discriminatory restrictions contained in the Senate bill--originally incorporated to appease Senator Ben Nelson and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops--are likely to become law.

President Obama is expected to unveil his final health care package in a news conference later today. The plan, the basics of which were released before last week's health summit, includes provisions to extend health coverage to about 30 million uninsured Americans, eliminate pre-existing conditions, expand pharmaceutical benefits for the elderly, and subsidize coverage for lower-income Americans.

According to the New York Times, the President is also considering recommendations made by Republicans at the daylong forum, including offering tax-advantaged medical savings accounts and increased payments to doctors who treat Medicaid patients.

Nonetheless, the broader lines of the final health care bill have already been drawn.  It is almost certain, especially given an announcement this morning by Senator Tom Harkin, that the health reform bill will have to be passed through a process known as reconciliation, a parliamentary procedure through which a bill is passed with a simple majority vote rather than the 60 votes required to overcome a filibuster. 

Read the full analysis at RH Reality Check...