The controversial inflation bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate has become a subject of intense debate. But much of the headlines and commentary overlooked the fact that the bill is expanding taxpayer funding of abortion
through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.
Critics say the $430 billion Inflation Reduction Act will just exacerbate inflation rather than alleviate it. Further examination of the legislation revealed that its implications for abortion-on-demand are also significant.
The bill passed following a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Kamala Harris. It extends through 2025 the tax credits for Obamacare premiums that are set to expire at the end of 2022, thereby extending subsidies for health insurance plans. These health insurance plans also cover abortion.
This is particularly concerning, especially as there are now changes in the legal landscape for abortion following the overturn of Roe v. Wade in June.
Abortion giant Planned Parenthood has already suspended abortions and closed its locations in reaction to the ruling, while pro-life attorneys general have declared their intentions of enforcing their states' duly-enacted abortion prohibitions. (Related: New York taxpayers will now foot the bill for "abortion tourism" from ALL US states, promises AG Letitia James
Still, there are leftist prosecutors in the localities who vowed not to enforce such laws, and pro-abortion activists have refocused efforts on supporting interstate travel for abortion and enshrining "rights" to abortion in state constitutions, ensuring that work and debate will continue over the prospect of a national abortion ban.
Biden wants more Democrats in Congress to codify right to abortion-on-demand in federal law
President Joe Biden is also calling for electing more Democrats to Congress to support codifying a "right" to abortion-on-demand in federal law.
"The ACA was intentionally drafted to avoid application of the Hyde Amendment, and this bill once again expands on the ACA's violation of the longstanding Hyde principle," the group Susan B. Anthony (SBA) Pro-Life America said. The Hyde Amendment has blocked federal Medicaid funding for abortion services since 1976. This means Medicaid cannot cover abortion.
"It expressly permits subsidies for health insurance plans that cover elective abortion, provided an abortion surcharge is paid and certain accounting gimmicks are followed."
The group noted that as of the 2022 enrollment period, elective abortion coverage is included in 912 plans on the Obamacare exchanges cross 24 states.
"We're disappointed to see Congress continue to fund abortion through another extension of Obamacare, despite the fact that 58 percent of Americans oppose the use of their tax dollars to fund abortion," SBA said.
The bill also provides $80 billion for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to conduct enforcement activities. It has alarmed pro-lifers in light of the agency's history of discriminating against conservatives under Democrat administrations and the Biden administration's plans to hire almost 87,000 additional IRS employees
. These hires may include auditors, customer service and IT workers
"This bill is a give-away to the Democrats’ radical leftist base at the expense of middle-class Americans," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said. "It’s a betrayal of President Biden's promise to not raise taxes on the middle class. Make no mistake – this bill will hurt America and hardworking Americans at a time when we can least afford it."
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