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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Pro-life concerns about H.R. 1425, the ACA “Enhancement” Act

On Monday, June 29, 2020, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, by a vote of 234-179.

H.R. 1425:
• increases the premium tax credits available for consumers through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
• provides a permanent, mandatory $10 billion annual appropriation for a new federal reinsurance program run by the states.

Both premium tax credits and reinsurance allow taxpayer funding to subsidize ACA plans that provide elective abortion.

The Hyde Amendment protects all federal funds appropriated through the Labor-HHS Appropriations bill from being used to fund abortion or health plans that include abortion. Since the Hyde Amendment was enacted in 1976, other funding limitation amendments and policies have been established according to the same principle.

ACA deviated from the longstanding Hyde Amendment principle by using taxpayer dollars to fund insurance plans that cover abortion on demand, including brutal late-term abortions.

Because the premium tax credit increases and the reinsurance program in H.R. 1425 do not include language that prevents funds from being used for plans that provide elective abortion, they present a pro-life problem and violate the Hyde Amendment.

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