The Government Accountability Office (GAO), the non-partisan government watchdog, has issued a new report that identifies 1,036 Obamacare plans that cover abortion on demand at the expense of taxpayers through subsidies, a fact that confirms the provision in the health reform law requiring individuals to pay separately for abortion coverage is being widely ignored.
As FoxNews.com reports, Republican lawmakers say the “bombshell” finding demonstrates the Obama administration misled the American people when it insisted that under Obamacare, abortions would not be paid for with federal funds.
According to a press release by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List (SBA-List), the GAO discovered that nearly all of the insurance issuers sampled are not itemizing the required separate abortion surcharge on their bills, again confirming that the Obama administration is ignoring the law’s abortion accounting gimmick.
The GAO report also reveals that disclosure of abortion coverage in plans is inconsistent, a claim that has been made by both pro-life and pro-abortion individuals and suggests that coverage transparency is lacking.
“The report directly contradicts President Obama’s 2009 promise that ‘under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions’ and his claim of being ‘the most transparent administration in history,'” states SBA-List.
“Today’s report is confirmation that Obamacare is a massive expansion of abortion on demand, paid for by the taxpayers,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Obamacare breaks from the long tradition of the Hyde Amendment, which has prevented taxpayer funding of abortion with broad public support, and was not included in the law.”
In 2010, President Obama issued an executive order, consistent with the 1976 Hyde Amendment, that barred federal funds from being used for abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life was in danger.
“The GAO has found Obamacare massively funds abortion on demand,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), according to Fox.
“Today’s GAO report confirms that under the president’s health care law, abortions are being paid for with taxpayer funds by more than 1,000 exchange plans across the country,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said in a statement Tuesday.
“Contrary to President Obama and his administration’s repeated lies that ACA does not fund killing children, the GAO report proves what we have known since even before this extremely unjust bill was forced upon taxpayers,” said Lila Rose, president of pro-life organization Live Action, in a statement. “Obamacare’s bankrolling of abortion industry leader Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers is the most lethal form of cronyism and political payoffs.”
“This so-called health care law is not actually about health care; rather, it’s about robbing taxpayers to stock Obama’s abortion ATM, to pay back Planned Parenthood and others in the abortion industry who helped get this tyrant re-elected,” Rose added. “Having our government underwrite the killing of the child in the womb through a so-called ‘health-care’ law is not only a human rights abuse against the weakest members of our society, but also a gross violation of the purpose of ‘health care’ for both women and children.”