By Tony Perkins
I wrote yesterday about the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a non-partisan government watchdog, groundbreaking report which confirmed what FRC has been saying since ObamaCare passed, that ObamaCare healthcare plans include elective abortion and federal taxpayer dollars are being used to subsidize the elective abortion coverage. HHS responded to the GAO report saying, they “will work with stakeholders, including states and issuers, so they fully understand and comply with the federal law prohibiting the use of federal funds for abortions.”
This problem needs to be fixed immediately; the government should not be funding elective abortions in health care plans! HHS has known about this issue for a long time. Members of Congress, including Rep. Shimkus (R-Ill.) and Rep. Harris (R-Md.), asked former HHS Secretary Sebelius to provide a list to Congress of the plans that include elective abortion coverage three times but never received an answer.
Senators Cruz and Lee also addressed the issue of abortion transparency to Secretary Burwell before she was confirmed and asked to be provided with a list of plans that include abortion coverage as well. Individuals should not have to purchase a plan in order to find out if it includes elective abortion. GAO spoke with 18 issuers offering plans on the state exchanges and found that 11 of those issuers do not notify individuals whether a specific plan includes abortion coverage until after they actually purchase the plan. So much for transparency!
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Another one of ObamaCare’s broken promises. HHS can’t paper over the problem. Congress should change ObamaCare to provide transparency and remove abortion funding so when individuals buy exchange plans beginning November 15th, they can actually make an informed decision. There have been many broken promises associated with ObamaCare. This is one broken promise that we cannot let go. The Senate must pass H.R. 7/S. 946 the “No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” sponsored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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