Friday, June 29, 2012

The Politics of Cowardice: Health Care Passes

In light of the Supreme Courts decision to essentially uphold Obamacare, I thought I would repost some articles I wrote after it was originally signed into law.

History has changed. America has changed. Today, the House of Representatives in our nation's capital passed the health care bill moving it one step forward to becoming law. A lot has been said over the past year. Everything has been said over the past year. A few days ago, the changes of the bill passes looked impossible or at best daunting for its supporters. But now it is a thing of the past.

What was the deciding vote? Certainly the "pro-life" Democrats decision to support the bill after an executive order from the President was a leading factor. Led by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), several "pro-life" Democrats stalled the passage of the bill delaying this moment for months. Moments prior to the final vote, Stupak announced that he would in fact vote for the bill following the Presidents executive order. Since the announcement, many have noticed that the President's Executive Order does nothing but say that the Hyde Amendment Law will be applied.

To be blunt: Stupak is a fool and has no right to call himself pro-life. For many on the Democrat side, Stupak represented the last hope of pro-lifers being welcomed in the Democratic party. Now, it seems apparent that one cannot be both pro-life and a Democrat.

The Executive Order is a paper tiger. Any such order can be rescinded by President Barack Obama or his predecessor or any future President. Stupak seems naive enough to think that our nation's most pro-abortion President will keep his word even though his first act as President was to repeal the Mexico City Policy which allowed international funding of abortion. If President Obama will supports funding abortions outside the United States, is Stupak foolish enough to believe that he does not support funding abortions within our own borders? And let us not forget President Obama's record as a state senator when he refused to vote in favor of a bill that would have banned infanticide.

Furthermore, according to some analysis, Obama's Executive Order means absolutely nothing. Andy McCarthy writes:

“That [Executive Orders] can be rescinded at the president’s whim is of course true. This particular [Executive Order] is also a nullity — presidents cannot enact laws, the Supreme Court has said they cannot impound funds that Congress allocates, and (as a friend points out) the line-item veto has been held unconstitutional, so they can’t use executive orders to strike provisions in a bill. So this anti-abortion [Executive Order] is blatant chicanery: if the pro-lifers purport to be satisfied by it, they are participating in a transparent fraud and selling out the pro-life cause.”

One must wonder what Stupak was thinking? For months he has led the charge against his own parties take over of health care and yet at the last minute caves in to the pressure of his party's leaders. Following the announcement, a youtube video was releasing revealing in Stupak's own words that he never intended on seeing his pro-life boycott through. In the video, Stupak explicitly says that even if anti-federal funding for abortion is not in the bill, he would still vote for the bill.

I am stuck as to why Stupak made this decision. If I had to guess, I would surmise that it had more to do with party loyalty than personal convictions about abortion. Apparently his party came before innocent life. Stupak seems to care more about the historic nature of the health care bill and the new entitlement it will create than he does about protecting more lives from being taken.

Many have argued that the bill does not fund abortions. Let us not forget the fact that Planned Parenthood has not only supported the bill, but has also come out in support of the Executive Order. That should tell us all that we need. Any consistent pro-lifer should reject whatever Planned Parenthood supports.

But lets say the bill doesn't fund abortions. Can anyone honestly argue from the history of this country that this bill will not open the door to a public option? And will they then argue that that public option will not become universal health care? President Franklin Roosevelt ensured the American people that Social Security would be free from bankruptcy and would not run up the federal deficit, but clearly he was wrong. He was wrong, not because his intentions weren't good, but because a powerful government wants more. Several Democratic leaders have commented that they intend on adding to this bill. This is not the end of the debate and certainly we will get universal health care. It is the way that government works. Government never grants freedom, it takes it. That is why freedom originates with God.

If government has enough authority to grant health care, then it will decide who will receive care and who will not. Regardless of the punditry and the talk, this will open the door to abortions, more contraceptives, and death panels all of which will be funded by our hard working dollars.

This is a sad day for America. As Christians, we must pray that somehow this will be repealed. However, history has shown that once an entitlement is granted, it is virtually impossible to get rid of it. Though many Republicans will run on repealing the bill this November, Democrats will be able to counter their argument by saying, "the Republicans want to take away your health care."

Our problem, at its root, isn't about health care or taxes our problem is that we looked for government for a hand out rather than each other. A free society can only remain free as long we serve one another. But once we begin to believe that it is governments job to do something for us, we have given the devil what he wanted. We must stop looking for government for answers. Yes health care is high and only getting more expensive, but only fools believe that government will make it better and Stupak has bought into such nonsense.

Freedom has died today and the lives of the unborn have been rejected. And we have so-called pro-lifers to thank. Being pro-life is more than just a bumper sticker.






Dr. Denny Burk -Stupak Never Intended to See It through
Yahoo! News -Schlafly: Health Care Vote Set to Expose the Myth of the 'Pro-Life Democrat'
The Hill -Pro-abortion rights group unhappy with Stupak compromise (include Planned Parenthood statement regarding the Executive Order)
The Hill - Text of Executive Order on Abortion Restrictions
Andy McCarthy - Executie-Order Hijinks
Onenewsnow - Healthcare is NOT a 'Right'




For more:
Blogizomai - Against the Mandate Before He Was For It: The President in the Primaries
Blogizomai - What Would Jesus Vote?: Jesus, Health Care, and the Gospel
Blogizomai - The Politics of Cowardice:  Health Care Passes
Blogizomai - Some Life Not Worth the Investment:  The Dangers of the Health Care Bill Senate Health Care Bill
Blogizomai - Another Political Lie: Abortion and Health Care
Blogizomai - Is Health Care a Right?:  Williams Weighs In
Blogizomai - Health Care, Ideology, and the Gospel:  Colson Weighs In

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