ObamaCare: Home of the $1 Abortions
The day that Bart Stupak said would never come is here. Almost two years after the former congressman agreed to an executive order “banning” abortion funding in ObamaCare, the President finally proved how useless it was. For all the time spent trying to shield taxpayers from any involvement in the abortion business, the executive order dissolved this week into what it always was: a meaningless piece of White House letterhead.
Today, in its final rules on health care exchanges, the administration officially welcomed Americans to the abortion industry. As part of the new regulations on how state health exchanges will work, anyone enrolled in an insurance plan that covers abortion will be responsible for sharing the cost. Secretary Kathleen Sebelius explained this way back in 2009. “[W]hether you’re male or female, whether you’re 75 or 25, you would all set aside a portion of your premium that would go into a fund, and it would not be earmarked for anything, it would be a separate [abortion] account that everyone in the exchange would pay… It is a bit confusing, but it’s really an accounting that would apply across the board and not just to women, and certainly not just to women who want to choose abortion coverage.”
For all intents and purposes, this is just another mandate on abortion, which, like its contraception counterpart, makes no exemptions for people with moral objections. Despite the accounting gimmicks, taxpayers will still have to reach into their own pockets and fund the procedure. According to Hill experts, “plans will collect a $1 abortion surcharge from each premium payer. The enrollee will make two payments, $1 per month for abortion and another payment for the rest of the services covered.” Where does the rest of the money come from? Like the administration’s “free” birth control policy, this is all part of the same cost-shifting shell game. Effectively, pro-lifers are back where they were with the contraception mandate: violate their conscience or choose a plan that may not meet their health care needs.
As for the rest of the 646-page rulebook, states are now on the clock to get their programs up and running by January 1, 2014. If they refuse, the government will step in and do it for them. Under normal circumstances, launching a 50-state exchange would be a mammoth task. But with so many states opposed to the law, it may as well be impossible. Only 13 legislatures have even adopted a plan. Others are waiting on the Supreme Court to decide if the ObamaCare is even constitutional before spending months outlining the type of coverage they’ll offer.
So far, the Left seems to be congratulating HHS for the flexibility of the new rules. But heaven help the state whose program doesn’t meet HHS’s approval! If anyone fails to live up to the President’s radical definition of health care, the appearance of autonomy will disappear faster than Texans can say “Medicaid funding.”