ObamaCare: Why Private Insurers Like Paying for Abortion

January 7, 2010 – 1:43 pm

David Whelan is a staff writer at Forbes

Abortion has emerged again as a key sticking point in negotiations over healthcare reform. The House wants to ban new government-funded plans from covering abortion at all, while the Senate will require patients pay separate premiums with their own money for abortion as a supplemental benefit.

The fuss has exposed what’s been a fairly quiet practice: most health plans now pay for abortions, no questions asked. Why? It saves lots of money.

John Nugent, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, in Baltimore, tells us that his gut feeling is that about 70% of people with insurance can use it as his nonprofit clinic. Private physicians who perform abortions advertise that they also take most insurance.

Insurance companies are loathe to comment on why they pay for the controversial procedure but if you’re running the business by the numbers, it’s fairly obvious. An unwanted pregnancy is much more inexpensive to terminate, compared to the cost of a delivery.

“A first trimester abortion is $300 to $450,” Nugent says. “But if the gestational age is higher you’re paying for a surgical suite. That’s why the insurance companies think they should be offering it. It’s cheaper to terminate an unwanted pregnancy rather than taking it to term.”

Health Care Blue Book confirms the price difference. An abortion performed in an physician’s office typically costs $397. A vaginal delivery costs $5,992, while a c-section is $8,558. (These are estimates based on the site’s database of in-network charges negotiated by insurers.)

Don’t expect the money arguments to get much airtime in Washington, even if the insurance companies have a financial stake in the outcome. “They won’t talk about it,” Nugent says.

This editorial explains it all !

One Response to “ObamaCare: Why Private Insurers Like Paying for Abortion”

  1. Killing a child is just a “procedure” that lines the pockets of greed infested demons.

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