American taxpayers will still be funding elective abortions under the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA), according to the Family Research Council (FRC).
Although Congressional Republicans repealed the individual mandate in the ACA, the law itself was not fully repealed which kept in the provision to fund elective abortions.
American taxpayers are expected to fund more elective abortions in 2019 than they did this past year under the ACA healthcare state exchange plans – even if their states opt out of elective abortion coverage, according to FRC.
“Repealing ‘Obamacare’ is the only way to end taxpayer funding for abortion through state exchange plans,” FRC states.
Despite the FRC’s angst against the abortion mandate provision in the ACA, the FRC maintains that a new regulation from Health and Human Services will now be required to bill people separately for the elective abortion coverage.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the new regulation which is to ensure that ‘Obamacare’ plans, which the federal government subsidizes, collect separate funds when their policies include abortion coverage.
FRC has put together a website that lets the taxpayer know which states still have the taxpayer-funded elective abortion mandate in their state healthcare exchange insurance system for the open enrollment period.
According to the FRC, “for Americans on the exchange, it’s been a significant step forward for anyone who wants to fill in the blanks on their policy benefits before they commit to them.”
Over 650 ACA state exchange plans cover elective abortion in 2019 — which is a 23-percent jump over 2018. As far as taxpayer-funded abortion the total amount of premium tax credits for plans that cover abortion climbed almost $3 billion – from $8.6 billion in 2017 to $11.2 billion in 2018.
What about Georgia?
Georgia has enacted a law to ensure that elective abortion is not included in any of the plans sold in the state’s exchange system using state tax dollars, but federal taxes are still going to fund the other elective abortions in other states.
“Abortion,” FRC’s Patrina Mosley points out, “is not healthcare and the majority of Americans have already said they do not want their hard-earned tax dollars subsidizing insurance coverage that includes the taking of unborn human life. We hope that this resource serves to inform them of their pro-life options and to remind the country of the great work still left before us in untangling Americans from the abortion business.”