Obamacare and $1 Abortions: Latest Rule Requires an 'Abortion Surcharge'
Shhh... Obama's got a little secret he doesn't want you to know. You'll be paying $1 per month for abortions.
Forget all the promises Obama made about not subsidizing abortion; about people not having to pay for abortions if they didn't want to. Forget all the speeches in which pro-lifers were ridiculed and hollered at for "lying" that Obamacare would fund abortions. Forget the Executive Order. The latest rule to be finalized regarding Obamacare mandates $1 abortions. Don't want to pay it? Too bad.
His administration just finalized another "rule" regarding Obamacare and the insurance exchange program: $1 abortions.
Forget all the promises Obama made about not subsidizing abortion; about people not having to pay for abortions if they didn't want to. Forget all the speeches in which pro-lifers were ridiculed and hollered at for "lying" that Obamacare would fund abortions. Forget everything Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius have said. Forget the Executive Order that isn't worth the paper it's printed on.
From LifeNews.com: "Nestled within the "individual mandate" in the Obamacare act -- that portion of the Act requiring every American to purchase government-approved insurance or pay a penalty -- is an 'abortion premium mandate." This mandate requires all persons enrolled in insurance plans that include elective abortion coverage to pay a separate premium from their own pockets to fund abortion. As a result, many pro-life Americans will have to decide between a plan that violates their consciences by funding abortion, or a plan that may not meet their health needs."
Senator Ben Nelson helped engineer the accounting gimmick that this mandate will utilize -- the compromise that enticed Congressman Stupak and others to bail on their commitment to Life and vote for Obamacare. Under this shell game, the government is not technically subsidizing abortions -- you and I are by government mandate. This is how Obamacare attempts to get around the Hyde Amendment for now. The goal is to get rid of Hyde permanently, because then elective abortions will be covered by taxpayer funding.
Here's how it will break down: Insurers will collect a $1 surcharge per month from each payer. If you write checks for your insurance premiums, you'll have to write two checks; one for the premium cost, and a separate check for $1 for this "surcharge." If it gets billed to your credit card, you'll see two separate charges; one for the premium cost and one for $1.
The insurance companies may only disclose to the enrollee at the time of enrollment what the surcharge is for; thereafter, they are not permitted to reveal in any of their policy literature what the $1 is for. In addition, "insurance plans may only advertise the total cost of the premiums without disclosing that enrollees will be charged a $1 per month fee to directly subsidize abortions."
In other words, the government (that means Obama) is saying that your insurance company can only tell you what the $1 surcharge each month is for at the time you enroll, and only if you know enough already to ask them about it (since they can't disclose the $1 charge) and read the pages of fine print which is the only place in your policy where it's mentioned. Once you enroll, if you didn't ask, Obama says they can't tell you.
Is this your idea of freedom or choice? There's no "opting out" if your plan covers elective abortions. You can't refuse to pay the surcharge. Jill Stanek writes, "But if an insurance company participating in the Obamacare exchange program does offer elective abortions, everyone who buys insurance from that company will have to pay a $1 separate surcharge every month to cover the cost of abortions. It doesn't matter if you are pro-life. It doesn't matter if you're a 72-yr-old woman who will never abort. You have to pay the $1 surcharge."
Insurance companies participating in the exchange program do not have to provide elective abortion coverage, so my next question is, how many plans will be available that don't offer abortion coverage? How limited will they be in number and in coverage?
It seems to me that women will be the ones to really swallow the double-edged sword here. Will there even be such a thing as a plan that offers OB/GYN care but does not cover abortion? Will women even have the option of choosing a plan that doesn't provide abortion coverage and thus the $1 surcharge?
After all, according to this administration, "women's health care" now absolutely means contraception, abortifacients, abortion, and sterilization, without exception. That means that insurers will either provide complete "women's health care" coverage or none at all. Surely they won't be permitted to cover only some components ...
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