Today, 72 congressmen sent a letter to House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) urging him to insert language ending abortion funding and religious discrimination in Obamacare into any funding or debt ceiling legislation.
“[T]he Obama administration has committed unprecedented attacks against the unborn and the religious freedom guaranteed in the Constitution, all under the guise of ‘access to health care,'” the letter tells Boehner.
The letter implores Boehner to “incorporate H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, along with a cessation of federal dollars for abortions into the continuing resolution or on legislation addressing the debt ceiling.”
H.R. 940 says that nothing in the Obamacare law “shall require an individual to purchase individual health insurance coverage that includes coverage of an abortion or other item or service to which such individual has a moral or religious objection, or prevent an issuer from offering or issuing, to such individual, individual health insurance coverage that excludes such item or service.”
H.R. 940 also protects employers and health insurers from being forced to buy or provide coverage for things to which they have a “moral or religious objection.”
Americans morally opposed to funding abortion may unwittingly sign up for one that does due to Obamacare’s “secrecy clause,” the letter warns:
“[U]nder the secrecy clause, plans that cover abortion are only allowed to disclose the abortion surcharge ‘as a part of the summary of benefits and coverage explanation, at the time of enrollment.’ Many families may choose a plan that covers abortion without realizing it or because the plan is the only one that covers the critical care that their family needs.”
An abortion “slush fund” bankrolled by a separate “abortion fee” charged to enrollees should also be struck from Obamacare, the letter says:
“Anyone who enrolls in a federally-subsidized health care plan that covers elective abortions will pay a separate ‘abortion fee’ of at least $1 per month into an abortion slush fund to pay for abortion on demand.”