In a bombshell revelation, a nonpartisan watchdog group has revealed that Obamacare insurance exchanges are using federal tax funding to cover elective abortions. As stalwart pro-lifer Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey summarizes it: “The [Government Accountability Office] has found ObamaCare massively funds abortion on demand.”
With this revelation, Obama’s promises that the insurance programs designed for the Affordable Care Act would not utilize federal tax funding to pay for abortions have been turned on their head. The report states that, according to the Act as it is currently written, federal tax funds may not be used to cover “non-excepted abortion services,” which means that only abortions sought by women who are pregnant as a result of rape or incest, or whose health is allegedly endangered by continuance of the pregnancy, are allowed to receive income-based tax credits and subsidies to cover their abortion costs.
An individual state has the freedom to allocate state tax money towards abortion within their own state’s Obamacare insurance exchange. But insurance companies are not free to subsidize abortions with federal tax funding. However, today’s watchdog report indicates that this provision protecting federal funding has been ignored by insurance exchange companies across the country.
And the numbers are no small matter: over one thousand insurance exchanges are guilty of this misuse of tax funding. Speaker John Boehner noted that the Obama Administration repeatedly denied congressional requests that this information be made public.
In a statement by Alliance Defending Freedom, Senior Counsel Casey Mattox confirms that this report is no surprise in light of the unethical nature of Obamacare in general:
…Obamacare was designed to force Americans to pay for abortions. Federal law protects Americans from paying for others’ abortions, but Obamacare architects built a purposely deceptive accounting scheme into the massive law that makes people in all 50 states fund abortion. We were told that we had to pass the bill to find out what was in it. Now we know one other thing that’s in it: corporate welfare for the administration’s abortion industry cronies. Instead of deceiving the American people, the administration needs to follow federal law and deliver on the transparency we were promised.
Contrasted with the obfuscating nature of abortion in the Affordable Care Act, Obama has been relatively transparent about his personal love for abortion since taking the White House: