GAO Report: 1,000+ ObamaCare Plans Include Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Coverage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 16, 2014
Contact: Mallory Quigley, mquigley@sba-list.org, 202-223-8073

Report exposes lack of transparency, ignoring of the abortion surcharge accounting gimmick; SBA List blasts vulnerable Senators

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The non-partisan government watchdog, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), has released a new report that identifies 1,036 ObamaCare plans that cover abortion on demand and receive taxpayer subsidies. The GAO report also found that nearly all of the insurance issuers sampled are not itemizing the required separate abortion surcharge on its bills – confirming that the Obama Administration is ignoring the law’s abortion accounting gimmick. The report further found that disclosure of abortion coverage in plans is inconsistent, confirming criticisms from both sides of the abortion debate that transparency of coverage is lacking. The report directly contradicts President Obama’s 2009 promise that “under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions” and his claim of being “the most transparent administration in history.”

“Today’s report is confirmation that ObamaCare is a massive expansion of abortion on demand, paid for by the taxpayers,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “ObamaCare breaks from the long tradition of the Hyde Amendment, which has prevented taxpayer funding of abortion with broad public support, and was not included in the law.”

“Shame on Senators like Mary Landrieu, Mark Pryor, and Kay Hagan – all of whom come from strong pro-life states and voted for taxpayer funding of abortion in ObamaCare,” continued Dannenfelser. “The GAO report is damning evidence that they betrayed their constituents in casting a vote for the largest expansion of taxpayer funding of abortion on demand since Roe. The No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act gives these Senators a prime opportunity to right a grave wrong, but they continue to stand with Harry Reid and the abortion lobby instead of their constituents by blocking a vote on it.”

The GAO report further confirms the argument made by the Susan B. Anthony List that a vote for ObamaCare was a vote in favor of taxpayer-funded abortion. Last week, SBA List won a four year legal battle in Ohio, where the group fought for the right to criticize elected officials who voted for ObamaCare as having voted for taxpayer-funded abortion.

To date, the SBA List’s partner, Women Speak Out PAC has knocked on more than 190,000 doors across Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina to expose those Senators who voted for taxpayer funding of abortion. Last week, the Susan B. Anthony List also launched a billboard campaign in Louisiana to expose Senator Mary Landrieu’s vote for ObamaCare. In 2010, SBA List targeted 20 so-called pro-life Democrats who voted for taxpayer funding of abortion in ObamaCare and defeated 15 of them.

The Susan B. Anthony List and its Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women.  The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.

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