Another Broken Promise

Just over five years ago, an attempt to persuade the Congress and the public to support the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama stood before a joint session of Congress and declared to the American people, “under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”

A new report released today, prepared by the independent, nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO), demonstrates that despite the President’s unambiguous promise taxpayer dollars are being spent on abortion.

By way of review, the federal Hyde Amendment strictly prohibited the use of federal funds for abortion from 1976 until 2010, when the ACA was passed.

This longstanding federal policy became a major point of contention in the legislative debate as finding votes proved to be difficult, even among his friends.

Eight pro-life Democrats refused to support the ACA if federal funds were going to be used for abortion.

In order to secure those votes, President Obama proposed a rule that would require any policy covering abortion to charge an abortion surcharge and promised that other funds would not be used to pay for abortion.

In the end, this convinced those who were otherwise uneasy with the law to support it and final passage was secured.

However, this GAO report only confirms the suspicions of many that the proposal was a gimmick intended to secure votes, not an honest attempt to honor the conscience of the hundreds of millions of Americans who do not want to pay for abortions.

Some states took action to prohibit taxpayer funds from being used for abortion. But in states where that did not happen, the federal government has done nothing to ensure compliance with federal law.

The report found that five states (NJ, CT, VT, RI, HI) don’t offer a single plan that doesn’t include abortion coverage. That means that all subsidies in those states are covering abortion.

In the state of California, where 1.25 million people are receiving federal subsidies for their health care plans, 95% of all plans cover abortion.

In the state of New York, 405 of 406 plans cover abortion on demand.

Over 1,000 plans on the ACA exchanges cover abortion on demand, which would never have been allowed under the Hyde Amendment.

The accounting gimmick that was supposed to be the solution to this problem is largely being ignored. Of the 18 companies the GAO surveyed in their study, not one of them was collecting a separate abortion surcharge.

We are not aware of any evidence that the Department of Health and Human Services has made any attempt to require compliance with its own laws on this matter.

If you like your insurance you can keep it, period.

Your premiums will go down.

Federal funds will not be used for abortion.

Looks like none of it was true.

That’s why we should all be concerned that at the same time he was promising not to use federal funds for abortion he was also promising that federal conscience laws will remain.

Consider yourself warned.
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4 replies
    NANCY KASPER says:

    President Obama began his presidency with an inaugural address that publicly shamed his predecessor and informed the American people that he would deliver the change they want. When over half of the voters are humanists (some who go to church) with no moral compass other than their own on a given day, this is what happens to a nation. History shows that when a citizenry is so blinded by its own preoccupation with self, the government falls and culture implodes. Corruption is everywhere. I am convinced that Obama, a flagrant deceiver, would be re-elected again if it could be done and that Hillary Clinton or an even worse counterpart will be our next president. Look at what is happening in Washington State: gay marriage, Senator Patty Murray concocting a bill to overturn the Supreme Court decision regarding Hobby Lobby in order to secure rampant abortions, an arrogant governor who defies the law, and pot stores lining our streets. The prevalence of the worship of marijuana alone demonstrates that delusion is most cherished by too many.

    For those of us who are Christians, this is no longer our home, nor was it ever. Sadly, our children and grandchildren are going to be exposed to terrorism and persecution in a way never known before in our country. The people have victimized themselves and dragged us along for the ride. The toxic effect of sin chokes out life.

    Jesus will have His day and judgment will come.

    • Jim Pemberton
      Jim Pemberton says:

      Nancy, I couldn’t agree more with your assessment of where we are. I have the benefit of having lived in this Country when it exhibited righteousness.
      I could only add that I believe the young generation of today will be the last generation and unfortunately, most will be the lost generation. They will reap the thorns sowed by their parents.
      Obama? he is just the “donkey” used to initiate the meltdown that is occurring here just before the end of the age.

  2. NwWoman
    NwWoman says:

    And meanwhile, activists are storming a legal fur farmer in Montana because who raises animals for fur because they believe no animal should be killed. I bet that same group supports the killing of inconvenient human life.


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