A top anti-abortion group warned Congress Thursday to not pass insurer payments to stabilize Obamacare unless they include anti-abortion protections.
The Susan B. Anthony List said it would oppose any spending bill that includes Obamacare insurer payments not protected by the Hyde Amendment. The amendment is a spending rider that prevents any federal funding from going toward abortions.
“The pro-life Republican Congress promised voters it would repeal and replace pro-abortion Obamacare, not prop it up,” SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said. “Preventing taxpayer funding of abortion should be a bare minimum requirement for any new Obamacare spending advanced by a Republican Congress.”
Congress is considering a bill from Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., to make Obamacare insurer payments called cost-sharing reduction payments for two years. The payments reimburse Obamacare insurers for lowering co-pays and deductibles for low-income Obamacare enrollees.
Another bill would give states $10 billion in reinsurance funding to cover the sickest claims from Obamacare insurers, thus lowering premiums overall.
States currently are allowed to ban abortion coverage in Obamacare plans, and 25 states have done so as of June, according to data from the research firm Kaiser Family Foundation. California and New York require all private plans to include abortion coverage.
In states that have no ban on abortion coverage, individuals can use their tax credits to buy Obamacare plans that include abortion coverage. However, only private dollars can be used for abortion coverage so plans must segregate those funds from the general plan, Kaiser said.
House and Senate Obamacare replacement plans included stricter regulations on abortion coverage.
The House GOP released a spending bill Wednesday that funded the government until Jan. 19 but did not include either of the two stabilization bills.