By Carol Tobias, President
The American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would repeal and replace major portions of the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (more commonly known as Obamacare), will be voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives this week. National Right to Life is supporting, the AHCA because it has specific pro-life provisions to prevent tax funding of abortion, reduce the likelihood that federal law will induce the rationing of life-saving treatment, and remove a large portion of federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood.
If nothing changes in regard to the current Obamacare law, it is estimated that $726 billion will flow from the federal Treasury in direct subsidies for Obamacare health plans. In September, 2014, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report that confirmed that elective abortion coverage is widespread in federally subsidized plans on the Obamacare exchanges. In the 27 states (plus D.C.) that did not have laws in effect that restrict abortion coverage, over one thousand exchange plans covered abortion.
Polls consistently show that a large majority of Americans, anywhere from 62% to 83%, do not support the use of tax dollars to pay for abortion. This includes many who identify as “pro-choice.” We need to use every opportunity available to remove all federal funding, through subsidies of insurance plans or any other means, for abortion.
The AHCA also eliminates, for one year, most federal funding of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider responsible for the deaths of more than 300,000 unborn children every year. If Planned Parenthood wants to continue to receive federal tax dollars, they should accept President Trump’s offer of continued funding in exchange for no longer performing abortions.
Additionally, the ACHA preserves non-taxed employer-provided health plans and postpones the “Cadillac tax” until 2026.
We occasionally hear the argument that it would be better to leave Obamacare alone and let it implode in a few years– then Congress can step in to fix it. Doing nothing to overturn the multiple abortion-expanding and rationing provisions of Obamacare is not an acceptable option. As long as Obamacare is the law of the land, tax dollars will continue to be used to pay for the killing of unborn children, and Planned Parenthood will continue to receive taxpayer dollars through various programs.
I urge you to contact your member of Congress and ask him/her to vote FOR the AHCA.