Obama’s Secret Hyde-away
Now that abortion is on the ObamaCare dollar menu, House members touched down in Washington this week with plenty to say. For starters, the White House chose last Tuesday, when half of Congress was out of session, to issue the rules, breaking a promise the President made two years ago to keep Americans out of the abortion business. Under these regulations, we aren’t just involved in the business–we’re primary shareholders! Starting next year, anyone enrolled in an insurance plan that includes abortion will have to fork over $1 premium to cover the costs of another woman’s procedure. And the worst part is, most people won’t know about it until they’ve signed on their plan’s dotted line. To keep consumers in the dark, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius included a gag order on the rule that blocks companies from explaining the abortion surcharge up front. So not only is the Obama administration betraying America’s trust, it’s violating the country’s beliefs and, more importantly, the law! At a major news conference on the Capitol lawn this afternoon, Jeanne Monahan, Director of FRC’s Center for Human Dignity, spoke alongside pro-life members like Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Tim Huelskamp (R-Kans.), Bill Huiznega (R-Mich.), and others who blasted the President for flouting every law that gets in the way of his radical abortion agenda. As Jeanne explained, the regulations published last week blow by the Hyde Amendment, which bans abortion funding. “The unfortunate reality,” Jeanne said, “is that when the Obama administration disagrees with certain policies–especially when it comes to abortion–they use tricky accounting gimmicks to force their way, even when it bypasses the law. But this won’t work. America is waking up to the sad reality that those of us standing here have long known: ObamaCare funds abortion”–something 61% of Americans oppose. For more on these insurance exchange rules and the contraception debate, check out the in-depth conversation between Jeanne and National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez. Jeanne touches on an important part of the mandate that the media has intentionally avoided–abortion pills. Don’t miss her explanation of some of the drugs and devices included in the mandate–one of which is almost chemically identical to RU-486, the abortion drug.
AUL Action As you know, former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey has announced he wants to move from his home in New York City back to Nebraska and run to be your Senator once again. However, any person who voted FIVE times against a ban on partial-birth abortion doesn’t deserve a second chance to make matters worse. Bob Kerrey not only supported such heinous laws, he also supported justices to the United States Supreme Court that have worked to keep Roe v. Wade intact and abortion prevalent throughout our state and nation. AUL Action has launched radio ads highlighting Bob Kerrey’s terrible anti-life record. Listen to this hard hitting ad here. Then share it with your friends, family, and neighbors. Know the truth. Bob Kerrey doesn’t deserve a second chance. For life, Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. President & CEO AUL Action
Nothing but Increased Costs, Decreased Innovation
One year after the passage of ObamaCare, Republican Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal detailing how America’s health system saved his daughter’s life, and why that wouldn’t have been possible with ObamaCare’s provisions in place. Now, two years after its passage, he’s setting his sights on the health care law’s soaring costs, which will only lead to more government rationing of care and fewer incentives for innovation. As we all know, the CBO’s latest estimates show that ObamaCare is even more expensive than we thought, thanks to the elimination of budget gimmicks like the CLASS Act that made it appear less expensive than it actually was. With more and more employers likely to dump their insurance coverage as a result of skyrocketing costs, the government will have to pay for even more people participating in the state exchange program. That means higher deficits and less incentive for expensive innovation. And no, you cannot count on being able to keep your insurance. Wall Street Journal ObamaCare Slams More People with Taxes The Administration has been touting its initiative to allow young people to remain on their parents’ health care plans until the age of 26. Unfortunately, young people will have to pay the price. Four of ObamaCare’s new or higher taxes particularly target young people. Of course, most young people make less than $250,000-a direct violation of the Administration’s promise to only raise taxes on the wealthy. One of these taxes, known as the “medicine cabinet tax,” is already in effect. Since January 2011, young people have not been able to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines from their Flex Spending Accounts (FSA’s) or their Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s). Since many yougn people require only light use of medical providers and can treat many illnesses over-the-counter, this tax falls on a large percentage of their actual out-of-pocket health expenditures. For more ways ObamaCare is putting even more financial strain on America’s youth, turn to the Daily Caller: Daily Caller