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ObamaCare Nov. 15th Deadline: Will your coverage pay for abortions?

Now that pro-lifers have taken control of the Senate, the House, and governors’ races nationwide, abortion radicals are reeling. Open enrollment for Obamacare is right around the corner. With a November 15 start date, Americans deserve to know whether the plans they’re considering on the insurance exchange cover elective abortion and if so, how much they are paying for the abortion coverage, and how the abortion surcharge will be billed. Arina Grossu is Director of the Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Her article Obamacare Needs Transparency on Abortion Coverage, appeared on ChristianHeadlines.com on September 15, 2014:

Arina’s report indicates: “Obamacare’s abortion subsidy section contains a secrecy clause and it requires a person who signs up for a plan that covers elective abortion to pay an abortion surcharge of at least $12 per year. We investigated Colorado, for example, and discovered that it was very difficult to obtain accurate information.

“The Colorado state exchange website lists seven insurers, but two additional insurers have insurance plans also linked to the exchange website (Colorado Choice and Denver Health Medical Plan are not listed as carriers). There are a total of 97 plans that we could find, even though only 85 are listed in the main search.

“Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO Colorado (14 exchange plans, Colorado Choice (12 exchange plans), and Denver Health Medical Plan (four exchange plans), and Access Health Colorado (six exchange plans) seem to only have pro-life plans according to the representatives and the website. But that’s where the clarity ends.”

Section 1303(b)(3)(A) of the Affordable Care Act contains a clause stating that the insurer “shall provide a notice to enrollees, only as part of the summary of benefits and coverage explanation, at the time of enrollment, of such coverage” (emphasis added). The law is deliberately written, in other words, to make it difficult to get this information.

Americans in 25 states who have been able to opt out of abortion coverage still pay federal taxes and that revenue is used by the Obama administration to subsidize health plans with elective abortion coverage elsewhere. There’s no way around it: Taxpayer funds are being used to pay for abortion.

How can Americans get clear answers on this? Congress should pass Representative Chris Smith’s “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act,” which would ensure that Americans get clear answers about abortion coverage when purchasing plans and that no taxpayer money goes to pay for abortions. That status quo, whatever defenders of Obamacare say, isn’t acceptable.

(Research Sources: Family Research Council, FRC.org)

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