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An Abortion Overreach that Could Raise Your Taxes

This week, a firestorm erupted  over efforts by anti-choice members of Congress to narrow the long-standing “rape” exception to the ban on the use of federal funds for abortion.  Hailed by Speaker John Boehner as one of the top priorities for the new Congress, H.R. 3 would allow federal funding for abortion only in circumstances where the woman could prove that she was the victim of “forcible” rape, taking us back to a time when just saying no wasn’t enough.  People are outraged—rightly—by this overreach.

But that’s not the only overreach.  H.R. 3 purports to be a ban on federal funding for abortion.  This ban is punitive and terrible, to be sure, but H.R. 3 goes much, much further than that.  The bill would also impose tax penalties on individuals and small businesses with insurance plans that include abortion.  That’s right.  Tax penalties.  As in, people with insurance plans that cover abortion would have to pay higher taxes than people whose health plans don’t.  Yep – you heard it right.  If your insurance plan covers abortion – even if you never knew it, and even if you never used it – you could face a tax penalty.  Depending on what kinds of tax benefits you’re eligible for, it could be substantial.

So what would this mean for a real family?  Take a father of three working as an assembly lineman who loses his job when his manufacturing plant closes.  Right now, he’s eligible for the Health Coverage Tax Credit to help with the costs of his $13,770 premium.  But, because his insurance plan included coverage of abortion—even though he never knew about this benefit and no one in his family ever used it—H.R. 3 would suddenly make him ineligible for the benefit and would cost him $11,236.

Other tax benefits are on the line, too.  Right now, a woman who makes $25,000 is eligible to deduct any amount over $1,875 she spends on health expenses, including her insurance premiums, from her taxable income.  If H.R. 3 were enacted and her health insurance plan includes coverage of abortion, she would lose a $1,731 deduction.  More than 7.5 million families claim this particular medical expense deductions—and each of them would lose the deduction if their plan covers abortion.

Higher taxes for families who have insurance plans that cover abortion.  How’s that for overreach?

Comments

This is just disgusting.

This is just disgusting. Leave it to the Republicans...every time.

To: I am going to catch it for...

Seriously??? Why shouldn't an insurance company help pay for or completely pay for abortions, especially for those that are raped or in cases of incest???? Just because YOU chose not to abort your baby does not mean that is the right choice for every woman.

There are sooooo many children in foster care and orphanages because there are NOT enough people to adopt them. The possibility of adoption is not a reason to keep women from making the choice that is right for them. Think about the life that child will have if he/she is NOT adopted and left in foster care. Neither situation is ideal, but that woman is the one to make that decision. No one else.

And if your reason is religion, well, a woman's choice to abort her fetus is between her and God. Not YOU, her, and God.

abortion benefit tax penalty for seniors?

so, is it possible that retired persons in their 60s, who cannot even conceive, and who might have an abortion benefit in their retirement benefit health insurance, could be taxed heavily? could be penalized for having an abortion option in their health plan? Their health plan, by the way, is identical to that of all other present employees and retirees of the same public institution. This tax penalty is nuts!

That's Republicans for you...

...Yeah, they're all about personal freedom, lower taxes, and more recently they think that it's wrong for the Federal Government to use tax penalties to force you to make health insurance choices that should be your own prerogative.

...Except, of course, when they want to take away your freedom to do what you want with your own body and use the tax code to penalize you for making health insurance decisions that ought to be your own prerogative.

That's Republicans for you...

...Yeah, they're all about personal freedom, lower taxes, and more recently they think that it's wrong for the Federal Government to use tax penalties to force you to make health insurance choices that should be your own prerogative.

...Except, of course, when they want to take away your freedom to do what you want with your own body and use the tax code to penalize you for making health insurance decisions that ought to be your own prerogative.

Reproductive Rights

This is to "I am going to catch it for". I have an even greater problem with the fact that Viagra is covered by insurance. I'm not 100 percent sure if it still is, but if it is this is definitely a double standard. Also, Republicans are so fearful that women should be equal they have changed a "woman's right to choose" into an abortion issue just to gain a riled-up base. I'm sick of their fear/hate of women. Get over it. We are here, we are strong, and we are equal.

I am going to catch it for

I am going to catch it for this, but I do not believe for one minute that abortion should be covered by insurance. Even in cases of rape. There are too many families that use that as an easy out, when there are plenty of people out there that could and WOULD be willing to raise a baby, regardless of how it got here. Having been raped, I know that things happen that are beyond control, but there is NO WAY that I could ever have an abortion. If Congress wants to put their time to GOOD USE, try illegal aliens, over-spending, or this economy. Surely there are more things to spend time on than abortions.

H.R. 3

UNBELIEVABLE...except that it is so believable. Republicans denigrate women at every opportunity, do not care about our health or rights and attack us at every turn. All must speak out NOW.

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