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Obamacare hides info on abortion coverage, 'surcharge'

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Obamacare health insurance exchanges are hiding information about which policies cover abortion and an associated $1 abortion surcharge, making it nearly impossible for those who don't want that coverage to determine which plans exclude them, according to Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J.

The leading House opponent of abortion told Secrets that the administration promised to make it easy to figure out which policies offered abortion so that those who oppose it on moral and religious grounds can chose another plan. But, he said, Americans are having trouble finding the information on the problem-plagued Obamacare system.

“As the exchanges have gone ‘live' this month, it has become evident that it is nearly impossible for individuals seeking exchange plans to identify which, if any, plans on their state exchange exclude abortion,” said Smith, who today will introduce “Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” to require prominent, transparent disclosure of abortion coverage for each plan offered on an exchange.

“Preliminary anecdotal evidence has shown that this basic information is either completely unavailable or incredibly difficult to obtain. A representative with the ‘Health Insurance Marketplace Live Chat’ even said, ‘You may have to wait until you pick a plan to see if they cover abortions,’” said Smith.

Secrets has attempted to get on to the Obamacare system at HealthCare.gov, but been kicked off. A chat room official suggested it would be best to “wait a few days” or try late at night.

Smith said he has heard similar stories, making it harder for people who don’t want to support abortion to figure out the maze of offerings.

“The average person seeking coverage on a marketplace should not have to spend hours trying to obtain basic information about whether or not they will have to pay a surcharge for a procedure that dismembers and chemically poisons innocent unborn children. My legislation will end the uncertainty for purchasers and ensure transparency,” he said.

“This is vital information since the many plans that include abortion on demand are required by law to impose a mandatory monthly abortion surcharge. Many Americans object to paying a surcharge into a fund to be used solely for the purpose of destroying innocent human lives,” he added.

Lila Rose, head of Live Action, a group that has drawn attention to horrific procedures at some abortion clinics, praised Smith’s plan, but said the best solution would be stopping Obamacare. “We need to stop trying to paper over Obamacare's many unforgivable and appalling aspects,” she said. “It's time for Americans, pro-life and pro-choice alike, to ask why, if abortion is such a vital, necessary, and compassionate procedure, Obamacare's operators are being so deceptive, underhanded, and manipulative in pushing hardworking Americans to bankroll it.”

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.