Day After Midterms, Proposed Trump HHS Rule Attacks Abortion Portion of Obamacare

Conservative Tribune | 11/8/2018 | Kara Pendleton
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He hit the campaign trail hard for a number of Republican candidates and his breakneck pace in service has not stopped. The midterms are barely over and President Donald Trump is hard at work keeping his promises to America.

According to the Washington Examiner, another important swipe at dismantling Obamacare is taking place. And this one will have the pro-life crowd cheering.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a proposed new rule for Obamacare plan sellers. Under the proposed rule, insurers who sell Obamacare plans that include coverage for elective abortions would have to collect a payment for the abortion coverage separate from the rest of the payment.

Federal funding for abortion is prohibited under the Hyde Amendment.

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However, pro-life groups said, under the Obama administration, payments for abortion coverage could be lumped into the overall payment, in effect making the abortion coverage part of the federally subsidized Obamacare plans.

As the Examiner reported:

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“The rule is likely to provoke a clash with states such as California and Oregon, which obligate all insurers to cover abortions. It also is likely to receive backlash from Democrats, who refused to support a bill to shore up Obamacare earlier this year because it contained language that would have restricted the funding from going toward paying for medical plans that provide abortions.”

Pro-life groups hailed the potential change.

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In a statement to LifeNews, Jennifer Popik, National Right to Life legislative director wrote, “While only comprehensive legislative reform can cure the multiple abortion-expanding components of Obamacare, today’s proposed rule from the Trump Administration sends a strong message that the federal government ought to get out of the business of paying for abortion until Obamacare can be replaced.”

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