President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul will likely subsidize between 71,000 and 111,500 abortion per year, according to a new report from the Charlotte Lozier Institute, a pro-life think tank.
The report explains that the abortions will be subsidized via federal premium tax credits and Medicaid expansion.
CLI’s Chuck Donovan explains how this is possible under the new health care law:
Passage of [Multi-State Plans] required one other major finesse from Democrats on the Hill. In order to deal with the abortion coverage MSPs might provide, the law stipulated that each state must have at least two MSPs and that at least one of them must be a plan that confines its abortion coverage to situations defined by the Hyde Amendment, which are, to simplify a bit, cases of rape, incest, or where the life of the mother is in danger.
While the law provided no specific assurance that the other MSPs (one or possibly many more) would cover elective abortion, it has seemed clear from the start (and blisteringly obvious from observing its past patterns) that the Obama administration would ensure that abortion-covering state plans (let’s call them ASPs) would be available everywhere possible (especially inasmuch as the MSP program might ultimately prove a gateway to single-payer).
Approximately 5.57 million girls and women “potentially gain coverage for abortion under ObamaCare,” the report said, “split roughly equally between Medicaid expansion and exchange insurance that covers elective procedures.”
“If 2% of all women of childbearing age have abortions each year, an estimated 111,500 girls and women who will have abortions in coming years will have new coverage in effect for them,” it adds.
Additionally, if one third of women who are newly privately covered for elective abortions file for them, that could add an additional 18,397 to the number of abortions being paid for each year by Obamacare.
The group also estimates that publicly funded abortions will increase as much as 53,000 (with increases occurring primarily in New York and California).
“Taken together, the data suggest that ObamaCare’s annual net increase in insured abortions that are either fully publicly funded through Medicaid or heavily subsidized through the exchanges could be as high as 71,000 to 111,500,” the report reads, “depending on how many girls and women forego insurance and pay out-of-pocket.”
Here’s a full copy of the report:
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