Ruckus about abortion coverage brings results

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Chris Woodward, Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Most Americans signing up for ObamaCare aren't aware they are financing abortion. But a family in Connecticut raised a ruckus about that and now the state has modified the options available to its citizens.

Although federal law prohibits taxpayer subsidies for elective abortions, the Affordable Care Act requires that every plan collect a fee to pay for abortions. The surcharge is not itemized in the premium but is tacked on at the end of the process. In Connecticut all policies required the fee, but Barth and Abbie Bracy objected and filed suit. The state has agreed now to provide plans that do not include the fee.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Casey Mattox says no one should be required to finance abortions for other people in order to obtain insurance for themselves.

Mattox

"The Bracy family has experienced firsthand the kind of deception that was used to pass this law," he explains. "While we're pleased that Connecticut families will now have a choice to avoid paying this abortion surcharge, it's a shame that other families will not have that choice. And Americans need to know that they are being forced to pay this secret abortion fee."

Hawaii, New Jersey, Vermont, and Rhode Island have no choice but to participate in helping finance abortion. The Affordable Care Act requires that the fee not be separately disclosed in the bill.

OneNewsNow reported last week about a new website – ObamacareAbortion.com – that allows people to find out which plans in their state cover and which ones don't cover elective abortions.

Quality of care more important than numbers

Meanwhile, the latest round of open enrollment in ObamaCare continues. But Hadley Heath Manning, director of health policy at the Independent Women's Forum, says there is more to consider than just the number of people who have or don't have insurance.

Manning

"... More importantly, I would ask: Are people satisfied with the kind of health insurance coverage that they have? Are they paying more in their premiums or in their out-of-pocket costs? Are they able to access as many doctors as they need? Are they able to buy the prescription medicine that they need to buy? There are a lot of [other] metrics."

Manning points out millions of Americans were insured through government health insurance before ObamaCare, be it Medicare, Medicaid, or Veterans healthcare programs.

"Those programs had a lot of problems and continue to have a lot of problems," she adds. "So really, I would focus on: Are people in the United States getting quality, affordable healthcare? That's the question – not so much, How many people have enrolled in an ObamaCare plan?'"

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