Rep. Lois Capps (D, Calf) complains that the amendment offered by Rep. Bart Stupak (D, Mich) goes beyond the status quo (the Hyde Amendment) restricting federal subsidies for abortion. She is right. At the time is was written in the 1970s, Henry Hyde’s Congressional colleagues would never imagined a state-run, all-encompassing, bureaucratic and centralized health care system in America. The Stupak amendment casts a wider net because a wider net is necessary as Washington sticks its nose into a larger potion the health care economy.

Oswald Clark is the economics reporter for The Interim and an Ottawa and Boston based economist.