A government watchdog group on Tuesday revealed that health plans across the country have allowed women to use federal subsidies to pay for abortions, fueling a new GOP attack against ObamaCare just weeks ahead of the midterms.
In a sample of 18 insurers nationwide, all but one has allowed women to pay for abortions through their healthcare plans, even if they are receiving federal subsidies, the Government Accountability Office found after a seven-month investigation.
The findings come at a crucial time for Republicans, who have continued to mount challenges of ObamaCare as they seek control of the Senate this fall.
The issue lies with the complicated – but crucial – way that insurers bill patients for abortions.
As part of a key compromise in the Affordable Care Act, a woman must be charged separately for an abortion to ensure that any federal subsidies she receives will never mix with abortion payments. If the payments are not separated, Republicans argue that tax money is essentially funding abortion services, even if a woman pays her own premiums.
The report does not say how many abortions were funded in this way.