And You Thought ObamaCare Doesn’t Cover Abortions

Kathleen Sebelius introduced the next big scandal over ObamaCare on Monday night when she announced that the Department of Health and Human Services released a final decree concerning a troubling add-on in the individual mandate section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which will now require all Americans to pay for abortions.

is reporting that the new health law will require a $1 surcharge for members of insurance policies that include elective abortions. Everyone enrolled in such plans must pay the surcharge even if they are morally against the procedure. Thanks to an accounting gimmick set up to sidestep the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion, the plan will collect these abortion subsidies separately.

“To comply with the accounting requirement, plans will collect a $1 abortion surcharge from each premium payer,” a pro-life source on Capitol Hill told LifeNews.  “The enrollee will make two payments, $1 per month for abortion and another payment for the rest of the services covered.”

This accounting gimmick was added to ObamaCare by Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) to enable the government to say it doesn’t subsidize elective abortions, a maneuver from which Nelson never recovered politically and is now retiring from Congress.

Even worse, the new rule will force insurance companies to hide the reason for the $1 surcharge.

According to the LifeNews source, “As described in the rule, the surcharge can only be disclosed to the enrollee at the time of enrollment. Furthermore, insurance plans may only advertise the total cost of the premiums without disclosing that enrollees will be charged a $1 per month fee to pay directly subsidized abortions.”

In addition, insurance companies will also be prohibited from itemizing “abortion” on bank, credit card statements, or anywhere as the reason for the $1 monthly charge.

“The only place the reason for the $1 monthly surcharge will be listed is in the 20 pages of fine print you get when you enroll in your insurance plan,” writes pro-life blogger Jill Stanek.

The fury is just beginning to break loose. National Right to Life Senior Legislative Counsel Susan Muskett told LifeNews that the final rule violates the intention of the Hyde Amendment and “reinforces the serious pro-abortion effects that Obamacare will have on America.”

Yates Walker, writing for The Daily Caller, says this announcement will result in the tattooing of every local, state and federal Democratic candidate with that hideous phrase – taxpayer funded abortion – just in time for the November elections.

“Roughly half of America believes that abortion itself is immoral and should be illegal, but a full 75 percent of our citizenry are against the use of our hard-earned tax dollars to pay for them. It’s difficult to get 75 percent of Americans to agree on the color of the sky. But when it comes to taxpayer-funded abortions, their minds are made up, and they are firmly in the GOP’s corner.”

“Obamacare nearly collapsed under the allegations that the law would use taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions,” reminded Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life of America .

“Because of a useless executive order, which was supposed to forbid tax dollars from paying for abortions, that swayed self-professed pro-life Members of Congress to vote for the monstrosity, the bill passed. Now final rules from HHS could not be clearer: taxpayers, whether they are pro-life or pro-choice, will certainly be paying for abortions.”

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