A ruling September 30 by the Obama administration's Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will enable members of Congress and their staff to purchase healthcare that includes abortion coverage — even though the premiums for the insurance will be paid with tax dollars, a move that effectively violates the ban on tax-funded abortions.
Under ObamaCare, lawmakers and their staffers are required to replace their government health insurance with state-based healthcare exchanges, most of which include abortion coverage. However, unlike other Americans, Congress and staff will have their premiums paid for by tax dollars — a violation of the federal abortion ban, insist pro-life leaders and conservative congressmen.
Pro-life Representative Christopher Smith (R-N.J.), who helped craft the 1983 law prohibiting the federal government from paying for plans that cover abortion, said the OPM ruling is illegal. “You can’t break the law, Mr. President, and just issue a final rule as if somehow you’re comporting with the law,” Smith said in a statement provided to the Washington Times. “We don’t want to subsidize abortion on demand, and the public is absolutely with us.”
Predictably, pro-abortion Democrats in Congress applauded the ruling as a win for women. “This decision honors the spirit of the Affordable Care Act, which is significantly improving health care for women,” said Representative Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) and Louise McIntosh Slaughter (N.J.) in a joint statement. “All women, no matter where they work, deserve health care coverage that can meet their individual health care needs.”
The Washington Times noted that the issues of abortion and contraception “have bedeviled President Obama’s health care law from the start. In 2010, when it was just a bill poised for final passage, pro-life Democrats balked and insisted on a special executive order from Mr. Obama guaranteeing federal funds wouldn’t be spent on abortion.”
While Obama made a public relations flair in signing the order on March 24, his actions since then have revealed that he had no intention on honoring the promise. Over the past year his administration has signed on to lawsuits filed by Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers to overturn state laws that would ban abortion providers from receiving state or federal tax dollars.
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