The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) of 2009 law is set to take effect on January 1, 2014 and consumers are looking and reviewing insurance options in their state exchanges by October 1, 2013 but within in the law, consumers may also be paying for abortions due to a play with words in the Obamacare law.
While the funding of the law is now pending in the House since the Senate rejected the removal of the funding of Obamacare on Friday, many consumers are not aware that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be paying for tens of thousands of abortions, with taxpayer money, according to the Charlotte Lozier Institute on Wednesday.
Charles A. Donovan, President of the Charlotte Lozier Institute said, “Despite provisions of law including the Hyde Amendment governing appropriations for abortion; the Hyde-Weldon amendment barring discrimination against physicians, insurers, institutional providers and others with respect to their policies regarding providing, referring or paying for abortion.”
“The language governing the MSPs themselves, the Obama Administration and abortion funding advocates seem bent on pursuing numerous avenues for the ACA, and MSPs in particular, to make public abortion subsidies available to tens of thousands of girls and women of childbearing age.”
Donovan explained that a feature of the Affordable Care Act introduce “multi-state plans” (MSPs) designed to be added slowly over a four-year period in every state of the Union.
With those “multi-state plans”, Donovan said, “The ACA also included a provision, Section 1303(a)(1), making clear that state legislatures, some of which already had laws in place barring every health insurer in the state from offering abortion in any plans marketed and sold there. But they could adopt new opt-out legislation barring plans that cover elective abortions from participation in their state’s exchanges.”
“Five states adopted this exchange abortion limit in 2010, and since then the number of states doing so has grown to 23. Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia currently have no such limitation.”
In Georgia, no Medicaid funds or exchanges fund abortions although Georgia has decided that the state will not participate in the exchanges due to the will of the state’s citizens. As a result, the federal government will take over the exchanges and would allow abortions to be paid for by taxpayer dollars, therefore by-passing Georgia’s laws.
However, under the federal exchange for Georgia, 31% of currently uninsured women between the ages of 15-44 could potentially be eligible for federal abortion assistance in 2014.
In July, The Commonwealth Fund created an interactive map of state action on state health exchanges and the details of each state health care exchanges.
Donovan quoted Robert Moffit, who is the Director of the Center for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, who said, “Whether or not this is an intentional result of this form of “public option,” the implementation of ObamaCare could have a profound effect on the ability of millions of Americans to avoid participating indirectly in subsidizing abortions through public programs or quasi-private plans.”
“A taxpayer may have an individual plan that does not cover elective abortion, but his or her tax dollars will be increasingly flowing to public and private plans in other states that reimburse for abortions at a higher rate than previously seen in American health care,” said Moffit.
“Moreover, the ability to avoid the companies that sponsor these plans may decrease over time as they grow in size and continue to curry favor from a government that views abortion as a form of therapy.”
Charlotte Lozier Institute full report can be read here.