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WRTL Applauds Senate Action in Favor of the Obamacare Opt-Out

Life - Wisconsin Right To Life - News Release


Wisconsin Right to Life Applauds

Senate Action in Favor of the

Obamacare Opt-Out

Taxpayers Protected from Paying for

Abortion Coverage

Thursday, October 20, 2011

     “Today, the State Senate took a major step forward in protecting Wisconsin taxpayers from having to pay for abortion coverage under the health insurance exchanges required under Obamacare,” stated Susan Armacost, Legislative Director for Wisconsin Right to Life.  “Wisconsin Right to Life applauds Senator Rich Zipperer and Rep. Robin Vos for sponsoring SB 92 and the Senators who voted in favor of it.”

     SB 92, the Obamacare Opt-Out bill, passed in the State Senate by a 17-16 vote. 

     The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as Obamacare, was signed into law on March 23, 2010.  One of the provisions of the law requires the States to operate and maintain “health insurance exchanges.”  Insurance plans must meet the federally-prescribed compliance requirements in order to participate in the exchanges.  These requirements include offering the essential health benefits package established by the federal Department of Health and Human Services.   Participating plans are eligible to receive federal subsidies for those who qualify for insurance under the exchanges. 

     PPACA specifically allows States to affirmatively prohibit coverage of abortions under the qualified health plans offered through the exchanges.  The President’s Executive Order signed March 24, 2010 does not alter the opt-out provision. The states of Arizona, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Nebraska have already enacted abortion opt-out provisions.

     "With today’s action, Wisconsin is on the way to continuing its decades-long public policy history to prohibit public funding of abortion,” continued Armacost.  “ We look forward to Assembly action to pass SB 92 and the bill being signed into law.”

 


 
Wisconsin Right To Life
Susan Armacost
Legislative Director
Email: sarmacost@wrtl.org
Phone: 877-855-5007
Wisconsin Right To Life
Barbara L. Lyons
Executive Director
Email: admin@wrtl.org
Phone: 877-855-5007
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