“Americans are funding death with monies designed to sustain life through real healthcare,” said AUL’s General Counsel Ovide Lamontagne. “The GAO report confirms that the Obama Administration has broken the law under the Affordable Care Act and ignores the President’s Executive Order by paying for abortions with taxpayer funds.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (09-18-14) “The Obama Administration is breaking the law by allowing abortions to be paid for under Obamacare, which expressly prohibits direct or indirect funding for abortion. Just as important, the Administration is breaking its promise to the American people made at the 11th hour in order to pass the Affordable Care Act, which we now know is a landmark anti-life law, interwoven with anti-life policies,” said Americans United for Life General Counsel Ovide Lamontagne at a Thursday news conference on Capitol Hill, in which pro-life leaders joined members of the U.S. House to discuss this week’s GAO report on abortion funding.
Lamontagne added his voice to the calls made by House members and pro-life leaders for the U.S. Senate to pass H.R. 7, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” and made the following remarks:
“Sadly, Nancy Pelosi had it right when she said that Congress would have to pass Obamacare to find out what was in it. But there was one exception, and that was the clear command in the law that taxpayer monies would not fund abortion. Without that assurance, Obamacare would not have passed. At the time, the law was modified through Executive Order designed with a Covert Abortion Premium Mandate in which taxpayer funds would always be separate from abortion funds. Even with the Executive Order, AUL warned that the American people were being deceived by how the abortion industry was sneaking abortion coverage paid by individuals into healthcare accounts.
“But the language in the law and the Executive Order is unambiguous—separate payments are required for abortion funding. Yet, the GAO found that insurance companies are not being required to collect separate payments. In fact, the Obama Administration is telling issuers that they do not need to collect two checks. The GAO found that when issuers seek guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), they are told that they can merely itemize the amount of a premium that will be used to pay for abortions.
“The Obama Administration has broken its promises and is violating the law by paying for abortions with taxpayer funds. And they instruct insurance companies to follow their lead in entangling taxpayers with abortionists. Americans are funding death with monies designed to sustain life through real healthcare. This violates the rule of law, and violates the very purpose of healthcare. Real healthcare respects life.
“Americans United for Life joins this distinguished company in calling for passage H.R. 7, the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act’ and calls on members of the House and Senate to repeal Obamacare and to begin again in building life-affirming healthcare.”
Abortion is woven into the healthcare law at multiple levels, making repeal of the law a pro-life necessity, including:
- Failing to prohibit the use of federal tax dollars for abortion, abortion coverage, and abortion-inducing drugs and devices.
- Pretending that the Hyde Amendment protections were enough to prohibit direct payment for abortion.
- Permitting federally subsidized Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) to provide abortion coverage through the state insurance exchanges required in all 50 states.
- Failing to prohibit all multi-state qualified health plans from providing coverage for abortion.
- Including a “preventive care” mandate that is being used to force coverage of drugs and devices known to end life.
- Failing to provide comprehensive First Amendment conscience protections for individuals, employers, and insurance companies that have religious or moral objections to abortion.