Congressman Christopher Smith (R-NJ), joined by Reps. Dianne Black (R-Tenn.), Dan Lipinski (D-Mich.) and many others, introduced the “Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” (H.R. 3279) yesterday to address how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), more well known as ObamaCare, currently mandates that insurance companies that are part of the law’s state exchanges not disclose whether they pay for elective abortions until enrollment. Rep. Smith’s legislation would make sure that insurance companies will no longer be able to hide whether their plans cover abortion and will charge enrollees a $1 monthly abortion surcharge.
Researchers at the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) found evidence of the utter lack of transparency regarding abortion coverage.
If you recall when Obamacare was passed then Senator Ben Nelson (D-Nebr.) made a “grand bargain” that supposedly would halt or slow abortion coverage. Most saw it for what it was, an excuse for those who claim to be pro-life to instead vote for the taxpayer funding of abortion legislation called Obamacare. Shortly after the vote Senator Barbara Boxer helped to clarify something we already knew, the language crafted by then-Senator Ben Nelson (D-Nebr.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will use government funds to pay for abortions.
As reported then by Catholic California Daily:
Boxer, who has received a 100% approval rating from groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood year after year since her election to the Senate in 1992, had been a featured speaker at an abortion-rights rally in Washington, D.C., just weeks before she became involved in the ‘abortion compromise.” Following her decision to agree to the Nelson language, groups like the National Organization for Women, the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus and the National Institute for Reproductive Health issued blistering criticism of the senator. National Institute for Reproductive Health president Kelli Conlin said the Senate bill “has sold out women” and described its as “”unconscionable.”
But not to worry, Boxer told McClatchy News Service. Boxer, reported McClatchy, “said it’s only an ‘accounting procedure’ that will do nothing to restrict [abortion] coverage.”
It is good to see at least one supporter of the law can be honest.