National Right to Life: Obama’s Cost-Cutting Arguments on Contraceptive Coverage are a 'Scam'; Pave Way for Abortion

February 10, 2012 - 5:45 PM

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President Barack Obama pauses while announcing the revamp of his contraception policy requiring religious institutions to fully pay for birth control, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(CNSNews.com) – The nation’s largest pro-life organization warned Friday that the new Obama administration policy requiring insurance companies to provide “free” coverage of abortifacients, sterilization and contraceptives as a means of saving money could pave the way for required coverage of abortions and assisted suicide.

“President Obama today promulgated a scam that, if he is re-elected, will allow him to mandate that every health plan in America cover abortion on demand,” said Douglas Johnson, the legislative director for the National Right to Life Committee.

“The same twisted logic will be applied,” Johnson continued in a statement. “By ordering health plans to cover elective abortion, health plans would save the much higher costs of prenatal care, childbirth, and care for the baby -- and under the Obama scam, if a procedure saves money, then that means that you're not really paying for it when the government mandates it.”

President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius included coverage of birth control and the morning after under the 2010 health care law that requires insurance plans cover the cost of “preventative services” such as immunizations and screenings.

Obama, accompanied by Sebelius, explained during his White House announcement Friday that “preventative services” save money.

“As part of the health care reform law that I signed last year, all insurance plans are required to cover preventive care at no cost,” Obama said. “That means free check-ups, free mammograms, immunizations and other basic services. We fought for this because it saves lives and it saves money -- for families, for businesses, for government, for everybody. That’s because it’s a lot cheaper to prevent an illness than to treat one. We also accepted a recommendation from the experts at the Institute of Medicine that when it comes to women, preventive care should include coverage of contraceptive services such as birth control.”

Johnson said some of the news media had “wrongly reported that the Obamacare law contains language prohibiting the federal government from mandating that health plans cover abortions. This is erroneous.”

“The law prevents the secretary of Health and Human Services from including abortion in a list of federally mandated ‘essential health benefits.’ But the birth control mandate is based on an entirely different provision of the law, which allows the secretary to mandate that all health plans cover any service that the secretary places on a list of ‘preventive’ services,” Johnson said.

“There is nothing in the law to prevent the secretary from placing abortion, assisted suicide, or any other additional services on the preventive services list, nor does the Secretary require the agreement of any other authority in the government to do so -- except, perhaps, the president,” he added.

Johnson said the new White House position was not only a “scam” but “doublespeak.”

“By this form of doublespeak, one could say that the federal Medicaid program was not really ‘funding abortion’ when it paid for 300,000 abortions a year (prior to adoption of the Hyde Amendment in 1976), because after all, every abortion that the government paid for also saved the government money,” Johnson’s statement continued.

“The Obama ‘You Must Pay, but Nobody Pays’ scam might also be applied to other ‘cost-cutting’ mandates,” Johnson said. “Perhaps every health plan will be mandated to cover physician-assisted suicide, in states in which assisted suicide is legal. After all, each suicide would result in a net savings to the plan, and under the Obama scam, that means it is really free and nobody really pays for it.”