When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, known more commonly as Obamacare, pro-life groups warned that abortion funding would be a component of the health care reform law.
Now, the beginning of that funding is coming to pass as the Obamacare exchange in Washington, D.C. announced today it is sending $375,000 in taxpayer funds to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
“The DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority Executive Board today approved grants to 35 DC-based organizations to provide in-person expert assistance to individuals, families, and small businesses looking to enroll in health insurance coverage through DC Health Link, the District’s new online health insurance marketplace,” the exchange announced today.
“We are excited to create these partnerships with trusted organizations that have deep roots in the communities that make up the District of Columbia,” said Executive Board Chair Diane C. Lewis, M.P.A. “The new health law offers essential benefits that will improve the health and security of the residents of our city. It is critically important that we have trained experts available to help ensure those benefits reach the people who need them.”
The grants awarded today total $6.4 million and the announcement noted that Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan D.C. will receive $375,000.
Obamacare exchanges will operate in all 50 states and a majority of states do not have laws passed that would stop abortion funding or sending taxpayer funds via Obamacare to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
Enrollment in the exchanges is to begin on October 1, 2013, and the exchanges are to offer health insurance coverage to an estimated 7 million individuals starting on January 1, 2014 (increasing to about 24 million by 2022). Thirty-four states have elected to not set up their own exchanges; therefore, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will operate the exchanges in those states.
Under the ACA, health plans that provide abortion coverage are permitted to participate in the state exchanges. While states are allowed to enact laws “opting out” of permitting insurance plans that cover abortions to participate in their exchanges, many states are unable or unwilling to do so. To date, only 20 states have enacted an opt-out law, citizens.
Americans in states without opt-out laws who are enrolled through an exchange in insurance plans that cover abortion—even if their enrollment is inadvertent or as a consequence of their employment— will be required to pay an “abortion premium” that will be used exclusively to pay for abortions.
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Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan D.C. is the abortion business where staffers admitted they handled medications improperly.
From an abortion facility inspection report last year:
“Employee #6 stated, ‘I mix the medications, apply a label and take the vials to the procedure room for the physician to draw up and inject into the patient prior to the procedure. They are used for numbing the cervix.’ Employee #6 was asked who verified the medications she was mixing and she stated, ‘No one.’ While observing the medications being mixed Employee #6 was observed cleaning the tops of the vials prior to the first puncture of each vial. She did not clean the tops prior to the second puncture of the vials. Employee #6 stated, ‘The current research says it doesn’t make any difference. You could lick the tops of the vials and the infection rate would be the same.’”