The letter to
"Abortion is not health care, and American taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize it," the Senators wrote in objecting to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Updating Payment Parameters, Section 1332 Waiver Implementing Regulations, and Improving Health Insurance Markets for 2022 and Beyond Proposed Rule.
"The Proposed Rule directly violates the express text, clear meaning, and Congressional intent of Section 1303. In construing 'separate' to mean 'together,' the Proposed Rule would illegally allow insurance companies to collect combined payments for elective abortion coverage, rather than separate payments as the law requires. The Proposed Rule also undermines consumer transparency and makes it harder for consumers to know whether their plan covers abortion, which may lead many to pay for abortions in violation of their consciences or religious beliefs," the letter said.
The extensive letter reviews the separate payment and separate accounting requirements in the ACA, the Obama administration's refusal to enforce the provisions, and the Trump administration's efforts to follow the law. The letter also attacks "faulty reasoning" used by the Biden administration to justify the proposed rule.
Finally, the Senators take issue with the ramifications of the proposed rule as congressional
"The purpose and effect of the Proposed Rule, in tandem with partisan legislative efforts to expand the ACA, will be to increase taxpayer funding for abortion on demand, to the financial benefit of
In addition to Hyde-Smith and Daines, the letter was signed by Senators
Organizations supporting the Senators' effort include
Read a copy of the signed letter here: https://www.hydesmith.senate.gov/sites/default/files/2021-07/072821%20HydeSmith-Daines%20ACA%20Abortion%20Separate%20Payment%20Public%20Comment.pdf