At least two health care exchanges specifically ask those attempting to sign up for health insurance coverage if they have any “unborn children.”
Access Health CT, Connecticut’s official health insurance exchange website, asks visitors if anyone in the home is pregnant. “Unborn children are counted as members of her household, so this information helps determine if she is eligible for help with health care costs,” the website says. “Medicaid also has rules to help pregnant women.”
Neighboring Massachusetts’ Health Connector similarly asks, “How many people are in your family? (Include unborn child(ren) if someone is pregnant.)”
Yet in a dark twist of irony, the insurance plans in question will pay for the baby’s health – or his death.
Staffers for Congressman Chris Smith, R-NJ, found that Connecticut is one of a number of states that “do not have a single plan that excludes elective abortion.” All the taxpayer-subsidized health care plans covered by Massachusetts’ Commonwealth Care program also cover abortion-on-demand.
“Pro-lifers have always said that abortion is an American injustice on the level of slavery, and now ObamaCare and Access Health CT have proved our point,” Peter Wolfgang, executive director of the Connecticut Family Institute, told LifeSiteNews.com. “Just as African-Americans were once treated as ‘three-fifths’ of a person, Access Health CT treats the unborn as human beings when it is convenient but pays to kill them when they become inconvenient.”
The Charlotte Lozier Institute found that under the healthcare law the total number of taxpayer-funded abortions could increase by as much as 111,500 in one year. In all, under ObamaCare could force taxpayers to fund 10 percent of abortions each year.
“This evil hypocrisy must be exposed and full legal protection for our most vulnerable citizens restored,” Wolfgang told LifeSiteNews.
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Unless the House passes Congressman Smith’s “Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” (H.R. 3279), many pro-life Americans may unwittingly sign up for health insurance plans that include abortion coverage and that charge them a $1 surcharge to pay for abortion.
Section 1303(b)(2) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), conventionally known as ObamaCare, specifically states that agents “shall provide information only with respect to the total amount of the combined payments” – and not tell consumers about its policy on abortion.
The congressman’s bill would force companies to disclose this in their advertising.
It currently has 71 co-sponsors.