Under this rule, there is no way I could purchase medical insurance.
All insurance companies are required by Obamacare to cover abortions, and now all enrollees are forced to not only buy such tainted insurance, but to specifically contribute towards an abortion fund.
Obamacare MUST be repealed to preserve our 1st Amendment rights of conscience and religious liberty!
Itâ€™s official. The concern pro-life organizations had about the ObamaCare legislation funding abortions has been confirmed, as the Obama administration has issued the final rules on abortion funding governing the controversial health care law.
Nestled within the â€œindividual mandateâ€ in the Obamacare act â€” that portion of the Act requiring every American to purchase government â€” approved insurance or pay a penalty â€” is an â€œabortion premium mandate.â€ This mandate requires all persons enrolled in insurance plans that include elective abortion coverage to pay a separate premium from their own pockets to fund abortion. As a result, many pro-life Americans will have to decide between a plan that violates their consciences by funding abortion, or a plan that may not meet their health needs. Â […]
â€œTo comply with the accounting requirement, plans will collect a $1 abortion surcharge from each premium payer,â€ the pro-life source informed LifeNews. â€œThe enrollee will make two payments, $1 per month for abortion and another payment for the rest of the services covered. As described in the rule, the surcharge can only be disclosed to the enrollee at the time of enrollment.Â Furthermore, insurance plans may only advertise the total cost of the premiums without disclosing that enrollees will be charged a $1 per month fee to pay directly subsidize abortions.â€
Not only are enrollees forced to pay for abortions, but the regulation requires insurance companies to hide the charge so that potential customers will likely be unaware of it:
The rule also contains a secrecy clause specifying that the abortion surcharge cannot be itemized in marketing materials, and may â€œonlyâ€ be disclosed â€œas a part of the summary of benefits and coverage explanation, at the time of enrollment.â€
â€œThis secrecy clause requires insurance companies to bury the abortion surcharge in the summary of benefits so Americans shopping for an insurance plan on the exchange wonâ€™t know about the abortion surcharge until they sign up for coverageâ€”and even then they could easily miss the fine print,â€ said Smith. â€œUndoubtedly many enrollees will be shocked when they get a bill for the Obama abortion surcharge. Once enrolled, even pro-life Americans will be forced to pay for other peopleâ€™s abortions.
So much for “transparency.”
â€œThe day that Bart Stupak said would never come is here. Almost two years after the former congressman agreed to an executive order â€œbanningâ€ 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,â€ he said. â€œAs 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.â€
He pointed out how HHS Secretary Kathleen SebeliusÂ explainedÂ this way back in 2009. â€œ[W]hether youâ€™re male or female, whether youâ€™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 payâ€¦ It is a bit confusing, but itâ€™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.â€
â€œFor 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,â€ Perkins continued.
This is what happens when you allow unconstitutional power grabs to go unchecked, for goods and services at other people’s expense to be declared “rights”, and for government to be declared as the one who provides “rights” (such as health care, which is, in fact, a good or service, not a “right”). If our rights come from the state, as the Left believes, then those rights can just as easily be taken away for the good of the “collective.”
If our rights come from God, as our founders believed, then they are unalienable, and “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, â€” That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government...”