The U.S. House of Representatives has adopted legislation which would put an end to taxpayer funding of abortions through Obamacare.
House members voted 242-179 to adopt the "No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act," sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith
of New Jersey.
The bill would enact a permanent ban on the use of any federal tax dollars to finance or underwrite the performance of elective abortions.
The major impact of the bill would be to suspend the use of federal taxpayer subsidies to cover the costs of abortions provided through the health insurance exchanges established under Obamacare.
For many years now, there has been a federal ban on taxpayer funding of abortion through the Medicaid program known as the Hyde Amendment.
However, President Obama's health care legislation skirted the Hyde Amendment, setting up a scheme in which the government subsidizes health insurance policies sold through health insurance exchanges administered in each state.
A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study released last year found that a total of 1,036 health insurance plans subsidized by Obamacare payments include coverage for elective abortions.
Missouri is one of several states that acted to prohibit abortion coverage in Obamacare health insurance plans offered through exchanges in the state. However, 27 other states have failed to enact such a restriction.
The result is that Missouri taxpayers are paying for abortions being performed in liberal states that endorse taxpayer financing of abortion.
Congressman Smith's bill would also require that consumers be provided complete information about the inclusion of abortion coverage in health insurance plans they may be considering.
A provision in Obamacare known as the "secrecy clause" has made it nearly impossible for the average person to determine whether specific plans cover abortion until after they have already enrolled for the coverage.
Congressman Smith cheered the vote by his colleagues to terminate taxpayer involvement in the destruction of the lives of preborn children.
"In September of 2009 President Obama stood 6 feet from where I stand now and told the American public that 'under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion.' Turns out those ironclad promises made by the President are absolutely untrue."
"Health care consumers are buying health insurance with little or no knowledge that they are purchasing abortion subsidizing plans," Smith added.
Under Obamacare, low-income Americans qualify for health insurance subsidies from the federal treasury through what the law described as "affordability credits."
In addition to these subsidies, many consumers are required to pay an abortion surcharge of $12 per year. The surcharge is imposed in specific health plans regardless of the gender, age, or reproductive capability of the consumer.
Congressman Smith points out that the GAO study revealed that the separate billing of this abortion surcharge is not being enforced by the Obama Administration. Instead, the abortion premium is being illegally rolled into the total cost of the respective plan.
Representatives in the U.S. House from Missouri who voted for the bill were Congresswomen Ann Wagner and Vicky Hartzler, and Congressmen Sam Graves, Billy Long, Blaine Luetkemeyer, and Jason Smith.
Congressmen Emmanuel Cleaver and William "Lacy" Clay voted to continue taxpayer funding of abortion.
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