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By Charlie Butts, OneNewsNow,  November 13, 2018

The public has less than two months to express their view on a proposed rule change for Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) included a mechanism – except in states that opted out of it – through which a person wanting abortion coverage in insurance exchanges could make a separate payment for that coverage; and insurers then would pay for abortions out of that money. However, the Obama administration issued regulations that allowed the “separate” abortion surcharge to be collected along with regular premiums.

The National Right to Life Committee says because of “this trickery, millions of Americans “unwittingly purchased plans without knowing about the hidden abortion surcharge.” NRLC’s Jennifer Popik tells OneNewsNow that President Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services now has proposed a rule to correct that.

“[That HHS rule instructs insurers that they] do legitimately have to collect a separate payment,” she begins. “It has to be larger than a dollar, it has to be given to [the insurer] separately by the person in that state – and then they have to separately account for that money on their end and only pay for abortion services out of that money.”

So if the new rule is adopted, individuals who oppose abortion coverage won’t have to be paying for abortions for others – and NRLC endorses that plan.

“We’re very supportive of what the administration is trying to do here,” says Popik. “They’re trying to enforce what the law gave us, which was at least separate accounting. And we’re really hopeful that Americans will see this and go Wow, I don’t want to be paying for abortion coverage. I don’t need it, I don’t want to do it, and I object to it – and that they contact their insurers.”

Public comment ends January 8, 2019. Finalization of the regulation will come later.