A new report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on September 15 has identified over a thousand health plans eligible for federal premium subsidies that cover elective abortions. The GAO is an independent reviewing agency of the U.S. government.
This news “confirms the U.S. bishops’ longstanding concern about abortion coverage” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), said Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Cardinal O’Malley continued:
“Surveys have shown that most Americans do not want elective abortion in their health coverage, and do not want their tax dollars to fund abortions. Their wishes are not being followed, and it can be difficult or impossible for them to find out whether those wishes are respected even in their own health plan.”
Gosh, if only we’d known.
No comment so far from Bart Stupak or Sister Carol Keehan, and no word yet on whether Michael Sean Winters will accuse Cardinal O’Malley of “fear-mongering.”