Focus on the Family

Abortion and ObamaCare

by Carrie Gordon Earll

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The rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) is making news as citizens discover the cancellation of their health insurance policies and the sometimes unaffordable cost of replacing them.

Along with these headlines, there's another topic that deserves attention: The expansion of abortion through ObamaCare.

When the federal health-care law was debated before the U.S. Congress in 2009, Focus on the Family joined other pro-life organizations to oppose it as it represented the potentially largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade. For the first time, the government is set to facilitate and possibly subsidize abortion in private health-care plans through ObamaCare's implementation. 

 

Lingering Questions

To date, troubling questions still exist about ObamaCare and abortion, including:

  1. Does the ACA put the federal government in the role of facilitating and possibly subsidizing abortion? 
  2. Will Americans, who enroll in health-care policies offered through their state exchanges, know before purchasing a policy if it includes abortion?

Quick Facts About ObamaCare

Before we look at those two questions, here are some basic facts you need to know. As with most of ObamaCare, the abortion component is complicated, with many moving parts. 

Here's a short summary of the issues involved:

Individual Mandate

State Exchanges

Hyde Amendment

Abortion in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

What You Need to Know

So, now back to the questions posed previously:

Does the ACA put the federal government in the role of facilitating and possibly subsidizing abortion?  

Multi-State Plans 

Taxpayer Subsidies for Health-Care Plans

Will These Federal Subsidies be Used to Pay for Abortions?

As a result, the ACA requires insurance plans with abortion coverage sold on state exchanges to set up what amounts to an "abortion slush fund" that collects premiums from every enrollee — regardless of the enrollee's gender, age or view on abortion — to pay for abortions.

Do Americans who enroll in health-care plans offered through their state exchanges know if it includes abortion before purchasing a policy?

The "Hidden" Abortion Premium

Conclusion

1.  Does the ACA put the federal government in the role of facilitating and possibly subsidizing abortion? 

2.  Will Americans who enroll in health-care policies offered through their state exchanges know before purchasing a policy if it includes abortion?