When the Affordable Care Act was being debated in 2009, President Obama promised that "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan." In 2013, millions of Americans learned that wasn't true when their plans were canceled.
Now, a new GAO report shows that the president misled the American people again when he promised "no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions" under Obamacare. Tim Carney writes at the Washington Examiner:
Customers in five states have no abortion-free plans available to them, and in many states, customers can't tell which plans cover abortion and which don't.
In Washington State, for instance, the state's exchange bills customers on behalf of insurers — and the exchange covers abortion with federal tax dollars. The GAO found: "The exchange’s billing system was not assessing any premium to individuals whose premiums are fully subsidized under the law if these individuals are enrolled in QHPs that cover non-excepted abortion services."
According to the law, every exchange is supposed to offer at least one plan that excludes elective abortion coverage.
We should remember that all Americans who pay federal taxes are subsidizing elective abortions under Obamacare. There are 24 states that have passed laws to exclude elective abortion coverage from Obamacare plans sold in their states, but the residents of these states are still paying federal taxes that are given to people in other states who purchase plans that cover elective abortions.
It's not surprising why Democrats felt the need to mislead the American people about abortion coverage under Obamacare: When the bill was being debated in 2009, a Quinnipiac poll showed that voters opposed public funding of abortion under Obamacare by a 49-point margin (72 percent to 23 percent).