Commentary

Obamacare Not Transparent on Abortion Funding: ‘So Much for Choice’

Arina Grossu
By Arina Grossu | November 20, 2014 | 4:06 PM EST

The administration's persistent lack of transparency on Obamacare health plans has led national pro-life leaders to develop a website where consumers can find out which of their potential plans covers abortion and related services.

By launching ObamacareAbortion.com we (The Family Research Council and Charlotte Lozier Institute) are attempting to do what the Obama Administration has not been willing or able to do for the 2015 new enrollment. That is, to inform Americans about abortion coverage in Obamacare plans and expose the great difficulty in obtaining this information. As in 2014, the Obamacare exchange lacks transparency, often lacks abortion-free options for many Americans, and continues to fund coverage of elective abortion with taxpayer money.

The Family Research Council and Charlotte Lozier Institute have done extensive research and are proud to launch our findings.

It's not right that Assurant Health and FirstCare Health Plans in Texas would not give out a link to their "internal" document where they were obtaining their information, citing that they were not allowed to give it to the public. It's not right that after multiple calls to United Healthcare in Rhode Island, we still don't know if they cover abortion on demand or not because they keep transferring us to their Medicaid/Medicare office. It's not right that Colorado HealthOP is misinforming people that their two Multi-State Plans are only for federal employees. There is no transparency. Jonathan Gruber's comments confirm what we knew about Obamacare all along.

People living in Hawaii, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont will most likely not have access to one single plan that is abortion-free. In addition, people living in California, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Washington will have to wade through plans where most likely 90% or more cover elective abortion. So much for choice.

People who sign up for plans with abortion on demand are paying for other people's abortions under that plan through an abortion surcharge. Everyone, and I mean everyone, in all 50 states is being forced to subsidize others' abortions through their taxpayer funds to the beat of $855 billion in the next 10 years. So much for no taxpayer funding of abortion.

Because Obamacare violates the principles of the Hyde amendment ban on subsidizing abortion, and because Obamacare lacks transparency for Americans, Congress must act…Now is the time. Let’s do this!

Arina O. Grossu is the Director for the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council where she focuses on sanctity of human life issues, ranging from conception to end of life care. Ms. Grossu has appeared in various media outlets including USA Today, Bloomberg, National Journal, Congressional Quarterly, Daily Caller, Townhall, Washington Times, Christian Post, National Catholic Register, Buzzfeed, and American Family News.


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