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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The administration's persistent lack of transparency on Obamacare health plans has led national pro-life leaders to develop a website where consumers can find out which of their potential plans covers abortion and related services.
Today, Obamacareabortion.com was launched at a national news conference on the House Triangle. The lead researchers of the data presented in the site, experts at Family Research Council (FRC) and Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), spoke at the event revealing their findings. They were joined by U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), lead sponsor of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. The new site educates and informs site visitors on whether or not their own plans force them to pay for elective abortions.
The timing of this new site's launch follows the release of newly surfaced videos in which key Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber called the "lack of transparency" with which the law was passed a "huge political advantage."
Family Research Council and the Charlotte Lozier Institute previously have reported on the lack of transparency in the exchange plans. The non-partisan government watchdog agency, Government Accountability Office (GAO), released a report identifying 1,036 ObamaCare plans that cover abortion on demand and receive taxpayer subsidies.
Family Research Council's Arina Grossu, Director of the Center for Human Dignity, made the following comments at today's press conference:
"By launching ObamacareAbortion.com we are attempting to do what the Obama Administration has not been willing or able to do for the 2015 new enrollment. That is, to inform Americans about abortion coverage in Obamacare plans and expose the great difficulty in obtaining this information. As in 2014, the Obamacare exchange lacks transparency, often lacks abortion-free options for many Americans, and continues to fund coverage of elective abortion with taxpayer money.
"The Family Research Council and Charlotte Lozier Institute have done extensive research and are proud to launch our findings.
It's not right that Assurant Health and FirstCare Health Plans in Texas would not give out a link to their "internal" document where they were obtaining their information, citing that they were not allowed to give it to the public. It's not right that after multiple calls to United Healthcare in Rhode Island, we still don't know if they cover abortion on demand or not because they keep transferring us to their Medicaid/Medicare office. It's not right that Colorado HealthOP is misinforming people that their two Multi-State Plans are only for federal employees. There is no transparency. Jonathan Gruber's comments confirm what we knew about Obamacare all along.
"People living in Hawaii, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont will most likely not have access to one single plan that is abortion-free. In addition, people living in California, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Washington will have to wade through plans where most likely 90% or more cover elective abortion. So much for choice.
"People who sign up for plans with abortion on demand are paying for other people's abortions under that plan through an abortion surcharge. Everyone, and I mean everyone, in all 50 states is being forced to subsidize others' abortions through their taxpayer funds to the beat of $855 billion in the next 10 years. So much for no taxpayer funding of abortion.
"Because Obamacare violates the principles of the Hyde amendment ban on subsidizing abortion, and because Obamacare lacks transparency for Americans, Congress must enact the Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (H.R.3279) and the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R.7). The new Senate offers hope that these bills could become law. Now is the time. Let's do this!" concluded Grossu.