I don’t want to get involved in the pro-life, pro-choice debate, but the Republican’s misguided attacks on Planned Parenthood are going to make paying for abortions a major issue unnecessarily.
Abortion coverage is not required health care under the Affordable Care Act. Under state law some states prevent insurers from covering abortions, others require it. Obamacare plans are generally regulated by the states. Since federal law does not prevent coverage, 70 million or more Americans enrolled in employer self-funded plans which are not regulated by state insurance laws are likely to have coverage.
Federal money cannot be used to pay for abortions. Planned Parenthood receives much of its revenue from Medicaid, but not for abortions. But if you think your tax money does not subsidize the cost of abortions, you would be wrong.
Some plans under Obamacare cover abortions, and many employer plans cover abortions. In both cases there are federal tax subsidies to offset the cost of coverage. The first is direct premium subsidy and the second is the tax-deductibility of employer contributions for the employer and the tax-free nature of contributions for the employee. So you decide, what health care is “paid for” by federal dollars?