Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Jennifer Hartline

3/18/2012 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Shhh... Obama's got a little secret he doesn't want you to know. You'll be paying $1 per month for abortions.

Forget all the promises Obama made about not subsidizing abortion; about people not having to pay for abortions if they didn't want to.  Forget all the speeches in which pro-lifers were ridiculed and hollered at for "lying" that Obamacare would fund abortions.  Forget the Executive Order. The latest rule to be finalized regarding Obamacare mandates $1 abortions.  Don't want to pay it?  Too bad. 


By Jennifer Hartline

Catholic Online (

3/18/2012 (3 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: abortion, Obamacare, contraception, HHS mandate, health insurance, Jennifer Hartline

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) - Shhhh.... President Obama's got a little secret he doesn't want you to know.

His administration just finalized another "rule" regarding Obamacare and the insurance exchange program: $1 abortions.

Forget all the promises Obama made about not subsidizing abortion; about people not having to pay for abortions if they didn't want to.  Forget all the speeches in which pro-lifers were ridiculed and hollered at for "lying" that Obamacare would fund abortions.  Forget everything Nancy Pelosi and Kathleen Sebelius have said.  Forget the Executive Order that isn't worth the paper it's printed on.

From "Nestled within the "individual mandate" in the Obamacare act -- that portion of the Act requiring every American to purchase government-approved insurance or pay a penalty -- is an 'abortion premium mandate."  This mandate requires all persons enrolled in insurance plans that include elective abortion coverage to pay a separate premium from their own pockets to fund abortion.  As a result, many pro-life Americans will have to decide between a plan that violates their consciences by funding abortion, or a plan that may not meet their health needs."

Senator Ben Nelson helped engineer the accounting gimmick that this mandate will utilize -- the compromise that enticed Congressman Stupak and others to bail on their commitment to Life and vote for Obamacare.  Under this shell game, the government is not technically subsidizing abortions -- you and I are by government mandate.  This is how Obamacare attempts to get around the Hyde Amendment for now.  The goal is to get rid of Hyde permanently, because then elective abortions will be covered by taxpayer funding.

Here's how it will break down:  Insurers will collect a $1 surcharge per month from each payer.  If you write checks for your insurance premiums, you'll have to write two checks; one for the premium cost, and a separate check for $1 for this "surcharge."  If it gets billed to your credit card, you'll see two separate charges; one for the premium cost and one for $1. 

The insurance companies may only disclose to the enrollee at the time of enrollment what the surcharge is for; thereafter, they are not permitted to reveal in any of their policy literature what the $1 is for.  In addition, "insurance plans may only advertise the total cost of the premiums without disclosing that enrollees will be charged a $1 per month fee to directly subsidize abortions."

In other words, the government (that means Obama) is saying that your insurance company can only tell you what the $1 surcharge each month is for at the time you enroll, and only if you know enough already to ask them about it (since they can't disclose the $1 charge) and read the pages of fine print which is the only place in your policy where it's mentioned.  Once you enroll, if you didn't ask, Obama says they can't tell you.

Is this your idea of freedom or choice?  There's no "opting out" if your plan covers elective abortions.  You can't refuse to pay the surcharge.  Jill Stanek writes, "But if an insurance company participating in the Obamacare exchange program does offer elective abortions, everyone who buys insurance from that company will have to pay a $1 separate surcharge every month to cover the cost of abortions. It doesn't matter if you are pro-life. It doesn't matter if you're a 72-yr-old woman who will never abort. You have to pay the $1 surcharge."

Insurance companies participating in the exchange program do not have to provide elective abortion coverage, so my next question is, how many plans will be available that don't offer abortion coverage?  How limited will they be in number and in coverage? 

It seems to me that women will be the ones to really swallow the double-edged sword here.  Will there even be such a thing as a plan that offers OB/GYN care but does not cover abortion?  Will women even have the option of choosing a plan that doesn't provide abortion coverage and thus the $1 surcharge?

After all, according to this administration, "women's health care" now absolutely means contraception, abortifacients, abortion, and sterilization, without exception.  That means that insurers will either provide complete "women's health care" coverage or none at all.  Surely they won't be permitted to cover only some components of "women's health care" and refuse others, right?  It's really not hard to see this one coming.  The contraceptive mandate was just laying the foundation for this demeaning and manufactured version of "women's health care" which now regards fertility as a disease.

This President's modus operandi has been deny, deny, accuse, deny some more.  Lie.  Mandate.  Use accounting schemes to mislead and obfuscate.  Violate Constitutional rights.  Cover-up and lie some more.

Will enough people protest?  C'mon, it's only $12 a year, right?  And since the surcharge goes unnamed every month, it just happens in the background, almost hidden.  Practically forgotten.  It's not called what it really is.  Much the same way we don't want to call abortion what it really is.

It ought to send chills down the spine to realize the lengths Obama has gone, and will continue to go, for the purpose of advancing abortion in the U.S..  He serves no master more than he serves abortion.

Some will think that's too harsh or unjustified a statement to make about the President.  What about respect for the Office, some will ask?  I can only say that his actions are dishonest, dictatorial, and evil.  He has revealed his true priorities, and they are deadly.  He has demonstrated that no organization in America is more important to him than Planned Parenthood.  Obama is going after states that try to defund Planned Parenthood by withholding their Medicaid funding.  This man who claims to champion women's health will gladly jeopardize real health care for women for the sake of protecting Planned Parenthood.

As a state senator, Obama voted against a bill identical to the Federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act -- a bill designed to ensure babies who survived the first attempt on their lives were not subjected to a second attempt but were given the medical care they needed.  He voted in favor of infanticide, and did so with his customary verbosity so as to try and conceal the fact that he thought babies who survived an abortion didn't require the care of a doctor who wasn't just trying to kill them moments before.  No amount of eloquent spin can hide that fact.

He is not a respectable leader.  He doesn't want to be the leader of a free republic -- he wants to be King.  He hands down mandates from on-high.  Then he coerces private companies into withholding the truth and helping him deceive the American people.

And astonishingly, he still has the support of a great many Catholics. Still, many Americans think he is a good President who should be given a second term.  He arrogantly tramples on fundamental Constitutional rights, and still people defend and applaud him.  Those folks must enjoy the slavery of government dictates and control.  They must enjoy being deceived and manipulated.  It boggles the mind.

If Obamacare is not repealed or found unconstitutional, these rules go into effect in 2014.  In just a few months, we have one last chance to stop all this and ensure that Barack Obama is a one-term President.  If we reward his duplicity with four more years, then we deserve every deceitful, dictatorial thing he will do with those years.


Jennifer Hartline is a grateful Catholic, a proud Army wife and homeschooling mother of three children.  She is a contributing writer for Catholic Online.  Visit her online at Wake Up, Deborah!


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More U.S.

BIGGER THAN ISIS - There's a hidden power behind ISIS and it's so big and so powerful, you won't believe this MASSIVE SHOCKING fact about it! Watch

Image of Obama is the titular head of the world's most nefarious terrorist organization, a title he may have inherited from his predecessor, and that will be passed to his successor.


If you were asked, what is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated in human history, how would you answer? Global warming? Vaccines? The Moon Landing? Entire religions?  (Not that we agree with these). But what would you say? In a moment, we're going to offer an answer ... continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving Day: Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart Watch

Image of Around tables throughout America, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gather with mothers and fathers, Grandpas and Grandmas, extended family, neighbors and friends to thank God and one another. And then, we feast; not only on the food, but even more importantly, on the gift of the love which informs all family relationships and true friendships, the real source of lasting joy, the love of the God who gave us life and liberty.

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Happy Thanksgiving Day. May it be a day for love and gratitude. No matter how difficult the challenges we face as a Nation, we have much to be grateful for. As we give thanks, we will find the strength we need to love even more fully. As we practice regularly ... continue reading

New ISIS video taunts United States to 'bring it on' Watch

Image of While the video is pumping up Islamist State, the fact of the matter is is the group is suffering heavy losses on the ground form allied bombardment, especially since Russia began bombing the group


A new video from the Islamic State is highlighting the high number of U.S. soldiers who commit suicide, in effect to tell the world's last remaining superpower to "bring it on." U.S. President Barack Obama has since dismissed ISIS as "a bunch of killers with ... continue reading

Horrific outrage erupts over proposed mosque in Virginia after Paris attacks Watch

Image of The Muslim community in Fredericksburg, Virginia has received support from the local Christian and Jewish clergy.


"Nobody wants your evil cult," declared a man at a zoning meeting in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He was lobbing his invective at several American Muslims there over a proposed mosque to be built there. "Every one of you are terrorists. I don't care what you say. ... continue reading

The revealing truth behind the traditional presidential Thanksgiving turkey pardon Watch

Image of President Ronald Reagan was the first U.S. president to use the word


President Obama will pardon two turkeys - named Tom One and Tom Two - from a turkey farm in Modesto California on Thanksgiving Eve as part of an annual presidential tradition. Obama will make a few jokes with his family and then pardon the turkeys to live out ... continue reading

'Domestic terrorism': 5 People shot during Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis Watch

Image of Despite a shooting at a Minneapolis Black Lives Matter protest, the group plans to return to the precinct to continue their protests.


Protesters were standing outside the 4th Precinct in Minneapolis for Black Lives Matter in the case of 24-year-old Jamar Clark when gunshots rang out. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) -Five protesters were shot outside the police station Tuesday afternoon as one ... continue reading

Planned Parenthood sues the State of Texas: Find out why NOW Watch

Image of The complainants maintain that planned intervention of the government is a violation of the federal statute and the 14th Amendment, which ensures equal protection.


Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit this week against the State of Texas for blocking its Medicaid funding. Planned Parenthood says that the decision was motivated by politics - and not because of health care concerns. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The ... continue reading

Terror threats spark shocking WORLD WIDE TRAVEL ALERTS Watch

Image of In either case, travelers can expect beefed-up security at airports in the coming weeks - and longer lines.


It is the start of the holiday season in the United States - and with the world still thoroughly rattled after the attacks in Paris this past November 13, travel alerts are in high effect. Even worse, those who decide to stay home through Thanksgiving and ... continue reading

Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, Catholics nurtured in the Anglican tradition, receives its First Bishop Watch

Image of Fr Randy Sly, a Catholic priest of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter.

By Deacon Keith Fournier

The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter is equivalent to a diocese for Roman Catholics who were nurtured in the Anglican tradition. The Ordinariate was created by the Vatican on Jan. 1, 2012.On November 24, 2015. Pope Francis announced the appointment of ... continue reading

EVIL AGAINST EVIL: Mafia boss says his group will protect New York City against Islamist State Watch

Image of Now pursuing a screenwriting career, Giovanni Gambino says that following the terror attacks in Paris on November 13, protection is more important than ever.


It is highly ironic, an example of the kettle calling the pot black as it were . Son of New York mob boss Giovanni Gambino is warning the Islamic State that if they decide to take New York City on, they will have the mafia to contend with.  LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

All U.S. News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Prayer For Courage HD Video
  • Daily Readings for Saturday, November 28, 2015
  • A special look into the inspirational meeting between Pope Francis ...
  • Evidence mounts: U.S. supplying ISIS, herding fighters towards Syria ...
  • The Miracle Prayer HD Video
  • St. Catherine Laboure: Saint of the Day for Saturday, November 28, 2015
  • Your Daily Inspirational Meme: God is good

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Daniel 7:2-14
2 Daniel said, 'I have been seeing visions in the night. I saw that the ... Read More

Psalm, Daniel 3:75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81
75 Bless the Lord, mountains and hills, praise and glorify him for ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:29-33
29 And he told them a parable, 'Look at the fig tree and indeed every ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 27th, 2015 Image

St. James Intercisus
November 27: James was a favorite of King Yezdigerd I of ... Read More