Mary Harned in The Washington Times on the abortion premium mandate
An excerpt from an op-ed in the March 28, 2012 edition of The Washington Times:
When the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week on the constitutionality of various provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, one of the most blatantly unconstitutional provisions didn’t get any attention in oral arguments or the press. At least it hasn’t so far. The issue in question is the abortion premium mandate. Beginning in 2014, this mandate will force millions of Americans, including those who are pro-life, to pay directly into an abortion fund. How does this work? This illustration paints the picture:
You have just accepted a new job. You’re thrilled to find out that your employer will heavily subsidize health insurance for you and your family, and that the plan he offers includes many excellent health care providers in your area. In fact, a member of your family has a special medical need, and the doctor in your town who is best able to care for her participates in your new plan’s network.
However, as you peruse information on your new plan upon enrollment, you stumble upon a startling fact. In the fine print, you read that you will be paying two premiums for your insurance and that one premium will be used solely for abortions. You do not want abortion coverage – in fact, abortion is against your beliefs.
You promptly mention this to your employer, and he is surprised. He did not know that the plan he selected for his employees – from your state’s health insurance exchange established by Obamacare – requires an abortion premium payment. After all, the abortion premium was not mentioned in any of the information provided to him about the plan. However, he does not want to shop for another plan. Even if he does, he may select another plan that covers abortions, given that he did not know about the abortion coverage the first time around.
You ask if you can be exempted from the abortion premium payment.
The answer? No.
Read the whole thing here.