When Abraham Lincoln addressed the crowd at Gettysburg, he used a mere 286 words. He was off the stage before his audience even settled in, but who could blame them? The speaker before him talked for two hours. Does anybody remember even one of his 13,607 words?
Truth rarely needs piles of words. Truth has nothing to hide. Truth resonates immediately, like a chord in tune with itself.
And so we come to Obamacare, laughably named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, brought to you by a president who claims, equally laughably, to lead “the most transparent administration in history.”
As I’ve written before, federal law prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion except in carefully defined circumstances. The current text of the Hyde Amendment, first passed in 1976 and confirmed annually, is a crystal-clear 255 words.
How does Obamacare stack up? The law itself is estimated at 381,517 words. But in late 2013 its regulations ate up an estimated 11,588,500 words. That doesn’t count the 1,300 additional pages dumped—ironically, don’t you think?—right before the Fourth of July last year.
It’s easy to bury abortion in over 11 million words. And that’s exactly what happened.
In defiance of federal law, many plans sold on the Obamacare exchanges include coverage for abortion. In an attempt to get around the law, Obamacare added an “abortion surcharge.” This surcharge was supposed to be listed and billed separately. But deep in the regulations is a provision for insurers to hide the surcharge and collect one payment. And there’s still another regulation to bury the truth even deeper. As long as a plan lists the surcharge in the fine print at the time of enrollment, the plan not only doesn’t have to collect it separately; it doesn’t even have to mention it again.
Paycheck by paycheck, your tax dollars may be going to fund abortion by way of federal subsidies for plans sold on the Obamacare exchanges. It’s like putting your hard-earned money directly into the blood-stained hands of abortionists.
According to Abortion in Obamacare, a joint project of the Family Research Council and the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the US Government Accountability Office found that 1,036 Obamacare plans included abortion on demand in 2014.
The current open enrollment period for Obamacare ends February 15. I urge you to be diligent if you’re signing up. Don’t be fooled into funding abortion. Check out this map from Abortion in Obamacare. Their research—as much as they’re able to collect behind the stone wall of “the most transparent administration in history”—shows which states opted out of elective abortion coverage and which didn’t. For those that didn’t, you can see which insurers, by name, include abortion in their plans.
Human life is sacred. Four words that say everything we need to know about abortion. Again, be diligent.