Guilty As (Sur)charged…


obamacareToday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a nonpartisan government agency, released a report confirming what FRC’s said repeatedly about ObamaCare: It subsidizes abortion.

The exchange plans lack transparency, do not comply with the law on the abortion surcharge, and fund elective abortion with taxpayer funds.

The report outlines state-by-state abortion coverage in healthcare plans sold on ObamaCare state exchanges, revealing that over 1,000 plans nationwide cover elective abortion. In fact, in eight 8 states, 95-100 percent of the plans cover abortion-on-demand.

In New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Hawaii every plan includes elective abortion.

Further, every plan that includes elective abortion coverage contains an abortion surcharge, which costs at a minimum of $12 per enrollee annually (everyone enrolled in such a plan is required by law to be billed separately from the overall healthcare premium).

The GAO study reveals, however, that insurers are not billing the surcharge separately and in some instances not even itemizing the cost of the abortion coverage in the overall premium. The accounting gimmick was used by supporters of ObamaCare to claim federal funds are kept separate from abortion.

More specifically, GAO found that none of the 18 issuers called had billed the abortion surcharge separately. This single transfer of funds is in direct violation of ObamaCare’s requirements that insurance companies “collect from each enrollee in the plan (without regard to the enrollee’s age, sex, or family status) a separate payment” (ACA 1303(a)(2)(B)).

Over the past few months, FRC has been actively researching abortion coverage in the ObamaCare state exchanges.

FRC has found that information regarding abortion coverage is not transparent due to ObamaCare’s secrecy clause and not uniformly available to customers. In many cases the information is not provided about abortion coverage until after the plan is purchased.

Because of this lack of transparency, Americans are being forced to play a game of moral Russian roulette when they select a health care plan.

The GAO’s report reaffirms that the Senate needs to act and pass H.R. 7/S. 946, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2014,” sponsored by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) in order to protect taxpayers and offer real transparency.