The Biden administration hurriedly pushed through a new pro-abortion rule to benefit Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups at the expense of American taxpayers, according to a document leaked to The Federalist this week.
The leak involves the Biden administration’s plans to eliminate a measure that protects taxpayers from being forced to secretly fund the killing of unborn babies in elective abortions through Obamacare.
“… the Biden administration [is] flouting the regulatory process in order to push through a massive financial favor to the powerful and lucrative abortion industry,” Federalist editor Mollie Hemingway responded.
The rushed process shortchanges the American people, who strongly oppose taxpayer-funded abortions, but it benefits the billion-dollar abortion industry. Planned Parenthood alone spent at least $45 million to support Joe Biden and other pro-abortion candidates in 2020.
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The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, requires insurance companies that provide taxpayer-subsidized health plans under the law to collect separate premium payments for elective abortions.
In 2014, however, a Government Accountability Office report found that the requirement was not being followed. Later, the Trump administration issued a rule clarifying that insurance companies must send separate bills for abortion coverage so that taxpayers are not forced to fund it.
However, the Biden administration rule reverses Trump’s action and allows abortion coverage to be hidden in with the monthly premium again.
Any time a presidential administration wants to make a new rule, it must go through a regulatory process that involves a public comment period and a legal responsibility to read and respond to the comments before implementing the rule.
According to the new leaked document, however, the Biden administration rushed through the process, providing little time for public comments and even less time to respond to them.
“To me this signals that unfortunately [the Biden administration] has already made up its mind about all of these complicated issues and is rushing to finalize the rule without really considering the public comments and frankly without giving the public enough opportunity to weigh in on a number of controversial provisions,” Randy Pate, former director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at HHS, told The Federalist.
The rule was finalized just 50 days after Biden introduced it on July 1, according to the leaked document. That means the public had only 28 days to comment (an abbreviated time-frame that federal regulations say should only be used for national security emergencies); then the Biden administration took only two weeks to respond to those comments and finalize the rule, the report noted.
In contrast, the Trump administration gave the public twice as long to comment on a pro-life rule that it implemented ending the hidden Obamacare abortion fees, Hemingway pointed out.
Here’s more from the report:
Less than two weeks after an already abbreviated period of time for the public to review and comment on the proposed regulatory change, Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services finalized a regulation that violates the clear language of Obamacare in order to benefit Planned Parenthood and other corporate abortion interests. The leaked document, dated August 10 and more than 300 pages long, was then sent to the Office of Management and Budget for final approval, according to multiple sources familiar with the federal rule making process. OMB posted confirmation of receipt August 19, a mere 50 days after the major rule change was first proposed to the public.
Prior to the leak, Republican lawmakers blasted the rule itself as illegal and unethical in a letter to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra .
“The purpose and effect of the Proposed Rule, in tandem with partisan legislative efforts to expand the ACA, will be to increase taxpayer funding for abortion on demand to the financial benefit of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry,” 26 senators wrote in a letter led by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, earlier this summer.
This is not the first time the Biden administration has flaunted the law to help the abortion industry. Earlier this year, Planned Parenthood received millions of dollars in COVID-19 relief money meant to help struggling small businesses, even though it was ineligible for the funds. Biden’s administration also recently dropped a lawsuit against a taxpayer-funded hospital that allegedly tricked a pro-life nurse into helping abort an unborn baby in violation of her rights.