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Change! Taxpayers To Foot Bill for Lawmaker and Staff Abortions

Although federal law usually prevents taxpayer money from being used to pay for abortions, the Office of Personnel Management has ruled that health care plans offered through state health care exchanges are private.

Under the terms of Obamacare, lawmakers and their aides are required to ditch their government-sponsored plans and buy insurance on state-based health care exchanges, though unlike most people on the exchanges, the staffers and members will have most of the costs of their premiums paid by their employer — in this case, taxpayers.

They also claim to intend on using an administrative tool to see that any funding for abortion comes out  of the employee's contribution. Assuming one believes that, not only would it drive up costs, it would also amount to government micro-managing the benefit administration of the very same plans it has now defined as "private". That in and of itself would appear to create a form of conflict some lawyer might want to litigate. The more one finds out what's in Obamacare, the worse it seems to get for everyone concerned.

The agency also said it will make sure the money is segregated so that the portion that pays for abortions comes out of the employees’ own contributions, which amounts to about a quarter of the premiums.


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