December 4, 2019 - Wednesday
Abortion Is in Obamacare: Here's How to Find Pro-Life Options
December 04, 2019
Remember "we have to pass Obamacare to find out what's in it?" Well, in some cases, "you have to buy it to find out what's in it." And all too often, what's in it is abortion.
Under the last administration, the government did everything it could to keep consumers in the dark about their plans. Back then, most Americans who were shopping for a plan on the exchange had to wait until their got their statement of benefits until they knew if the policy violated their beliefs. And even then, they might not even know how much went to abortion.
The good news is that pro-lifers have options. The bad news is that they didn't know what those options are -- until the last few years. That's when FRC and the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) teamed up to turn the flood lights onto the Obamacare exchange with a special website that's dedicated to telling you what the Obama administration wouldn't: which state plans include abortion. Since 2014, ObamacareAbortion.com has helped users search through insurance carriers to find out which ones cover elective abortions and which don't. For Americans on the exchange, it's been a great solution for anyone who wants to see all of their policy benefits before they commit to them.
Unfortunately, if you're one of the unlucky people living in Alaska, California, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, New York and Vermont, there is no pro-life option. Every single exchange plan in these areas covers abortion on demand. As FRC's Patrina Mosley pointed out on "Washington Watch," there are a whopping 777 plans covering abortion out the 1,120 plans on the exchange. Most of them are from the states that haven't opted out of abortion coverage. Twenty-six have -- but even in those places, it's impossible to stay out of the culture of death completely. Until we get rid of Obamacare completely, we'll all still be subsidizing abortion in some shape or form, Patrina explains, "because when you pay federal taxes in your state, those taxes go to someone else's state to pay for their enrolment -- and for those abortion plans."
The Trump administration has done its part. Across the departments, the president's team has made a strong statement through Title X, the Mexico City policy expansion, and other regulations that abortion isn't health care. While they hold the line on life, Congress still has a lot of work to do to make sure that taxpayers aren't forced partners of the abortion industry. Until then, consumers at least have a right to shop for plans they can purchase in good conscience. Check out the site today and make sure you're informed before you're insured!
Tony Perkins's Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.