Pro-life Americans who are forced to buy insurance under Obamacare have a new exemption, thanks to the Trump administration.
Among the new rules released Monday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is an exemption for pro-lifers whose only insurance options are plans that cover elective abortions, the AP reports.
A number of Obamacare plans subsidized by taxpayers include elective abortions. While 26 states did opt out of the abortion coverage under Obamacare, 24 and the District of Columbia did not. In those states, some pro-lifers have been forced either to buy plans that cover elective abortions or pay the penalty for not having insurance.
The new exemption would provide relief to people who morally object to the killing of unborn babies.
Washington Post reports more about the new exemptions:
People living in areas where only one insurer is selling plans in the marketplace now can qualify for a “hardship exemption.” So can people who oppose abortion and live in places where the only available plan covers abortion services. Federal health officials and private researchers have shown that about half of U.S. counties have only one ACA insurer this year.
In announcing the rules, which take effect for ACA health plans to be sold this fall for 2019 coverage, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services continued the administration’s denunciation of the law.
“Until the law changes, we won’t stand idly by as Americans suffer,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said on a conference call for reporters.
In 2017, 57 percent of Obamacare plans in the 24 non-opt out states covered abortion on demand, according to research by the Family Research Council and the Charlotte Lozier Institute.
“Further, in 2018 a total of seven locales will only offer plans that cover abortion on demand, with no pro-life healthcare options,” their report continued. “This is the highest number of abortion-only locales since 2014. They are Alaska, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.”
In 2014, a non-partisan Government Accountability Office report documented massive new public funding of abortion in pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.
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The GAO report found nearly all of the insurance issuers sampled are not itemizing the required separate abortion surcharge on their bills – confirming that the Obama administration ignored the law’s abortion accounting gimmick.
GAO found that in 2014, taxpayers funded more than 1,000 Obamacare health plans that subsidize abortion on demand—even late-term abortion—in defiance of the Hyde Amendment that Obama publicly said he would honor.
According to the Congressional Budget Office April 2014 estimate, between 2014 and 2024, taxpayer subsidies to buy Obamacare plans will total $855 billion, making taxpayers unwittingly complicit in abortion.