A new government study shows that the vast majority of insurance companies do not itemize abortions on medical bills and charge for them separately, meaning taxpayer dollars are paying for abortions through the Affordable Care Act.
The study by the Government Accountability Office, or GAO, found that 17 of 18 insurers it studied did not itemize elective abortions on the medical bills for Americans enrolled in plans through the health-care reforms, also known as Obamacare.
The report explicitly states it did not review whether federal subsidies were used to pay for the abortions, but pro-life activists say there’s no other conclusion to reach.
“Absolutely, taxpayers are funding abortions,” said former Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo., who is now vice president for government affairs at the Susan B. Anthony List. The group is dedicated to electing pro-life women to public office.
“This report is very damning,” she said. “It shows that when the president said there wouldn’t be abortion coverage in this, that taxpayers wouldn’t be funding it, that wasn’t true.”
The Associated Press reports that in response to the GAO findings, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement saying it “acknowledges that additional clarification may be needed” on the law.
Musgrave said clarity has been elusive on this part of the law from the very beginning.
“This is the administration that said, ‘We’re going to be the most transparent administration in history,’” she said. “Here we are now. People, whether they’re pro-life or pro-abortion, can’t figure out if abortion on demand is included in their coverage.”
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