A federal watchdog agency has confirmed that U.S. taxpayers are paying for surgical and chemical abortions under the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.
The Government Accountability Office has issued a report revealing that 1,036 plans in the Obamacare health insurance exchanges are paying for elective abortions.
The audit found that in five states all health insurance exchange plans included elective abortion coverage. In another eight states, 95 to 100 percent of the plans paid for elective abortions.
President Obama had promised that no federal dollars would be used to underwrite abortion coverage. He even issued an executive order to that effect to mollify opposition from within his own political party.
Yet the GAO report verifies what knowledgeable observers knew at the time. The President's executive order had no legal effect, because it conflicted with the law's own provisions, which clearly authorized federal subsidies (called "affordability credits") for abortion coverage.
The GAO audit also revealed that insurers are uniformly failing to collect an abortion surcharge that was required in every health insurance plan that included abortion coverage. Under that provision, individuals were to be assessed a separate fee of $1 per month for abortion "services," regardless of the age, gender, or ability to conceive of the insured.
Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana says that Americans should be outraged. "Many of us argued at the time Obamacare passed that it would funnel taxpayer dollars to elective abortions. This independent report validates our claims and proves that yet another Obamacare promise has been broken."
Casey Mattox, Senior Counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, charges that the architects of Obamacare built a "purposely deceptive accounting scheme" into the Affordable Care Act.
"We were told we had to pass the bill to find out what was in it. Now we know what exactly is in it: corporate welfare for the Administration's abortion industry cronies."
Missouri is one of 24 states that exercised an opt-out provision in Obamacare which authorized it to exclude abortion coverage from health insurance plans issued in the state. However, Missouri citizens are still paying for abortions in other states through their federal taxes.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation sponsored by Congressman Smith to end the abortion subsidies. The "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act" is currently before the U.S. Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unlikely to take it up for debate.