. . . and everybody knew it.
Rep Bart Stupak (D-MI) is a (supposedly) pro-life Democrat, and it was his resistance which initially got a strong no-federal-funds-for-abortion placed in the ObamaCare bill. Well, through this and that, the language was deleted, and Mr Stupak and a bloc of conservative Democrats who agreed with him were going to vote against the abominable health care bill, and defeat it.
President Obama gave Mr Stupak a pledge: he would sign an executive order banning the use of federal funds to pay for abortions, and Mr Stupak accepted the compromise; his bloc voted for the bill, and it passed.
Representative Stupak was displeased with the reaction of pro-life groups to his compromise:
Rep. Bart Stupak, the Michigan Democrat whose support for President Obama’s health bill ensured it was passed into law Sunday, on Tuesday accused the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and pro-life groups of “hypocrisy” for condemning the executive order that sealed the deal.
“The [National] Right to Life and the bishops, in 2007 when George Bush signed the executive order on embryonic stem cell research, they all applauded the executive order,” Stupak said in an interview with The Daily Caller.
“The Democratic Congress passed [a bill] saying we’ll do embryonic stem cell research. Bush vetoed it in 2007. That same day he issued an executive order saying we will not do it, and all these groups applauded that he protected life,” Stupak said.
“So now President Obama’s going to sign an executive order protecting life and everyone’s condemning it. The hypocrisy is great,” he said.
Obama will sign the order at the White House on Wednesday, the White House announced Tuesday night. Stupak and 12 other pro-life Democrats who voted for the health bill are invited to the signing ceremony.
Stupak also said he suspected groups such as the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Right to Life, and others were actually “just using the life issue to try to bring down health-care reform.”
“I question, did they want to protect the sanctity of life, or did they want to defeat health care?” he said.
The Bishops absolutely supported the notion of federal health care coverage, but they absolutely oppose abortion. Why did the Bishops condemn the executive order that “sealed the deal?” Because they knew that an executive order can be cancelled at any time, and they knew President Obama was just the kind of liar politician to do that once he got what he wanted.
Obama Administration Approves First Direct Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Through New High-Risk Insurance Pools
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
By Susan Jones, Senior Editor
(CNSNews.com) – If you want proof that President Obama’s Executive Order on taxpayer-funded abortion was a sham, look no further than Pennsylvania, says House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio).
Boehner and other Republicans point to reports that the Health and Human Services Department is giving Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new high-risk insurance pool that will cover any abortion that is legal in the state.
“The fact that the high-risk pool insurance program in Pennsylvania will use federal taxpayer dollars to fund abortions is unconscionable,” Boehner said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Just last month at the White House, I asked President Obama to provide the American people with a progress report on the implementation of his Executive Order, which purports to ban taxpayer-funding of abortions. Unfortunately, the President provided no information, and the American people are still waiting for answers.”
President Obama pledged that under his health care plan “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.”
In a May 13 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Boehner asked if her department has provided guidance to the states on how to implement the president’s Executive Order on abortion funding. Boehner also asked Sebelius if the new federal high-risk pools would exclude abortion coverage.
He says his questions remain unanswered.
“Millions of Americans care deeply about this aspect of the new law and its implementation, and no progress report is complete without detailed information about it,” Boehner wrote to Sebelius.
The conservative Family Research Council says the $160 million in taxpayer funds for Pennsylvania is the first known instance of direct federal funding of abortions through the new high-risk insurance pools.
The abortion funding for pool participants validates the arguments pro-life groups made throughout the health care debate – that taxpayer dollars will fund abortions, said Tom McClusky, senior vice president of the Family Research Council’s political action arm.
“For our efforts to remove the bill’s abortion funding, we were called ‘deceivers’ by President Obama and ‘liars’ by his allies. Now we know who the true deceivers and liars really are,’ McClusky said.
All of us knew that Rep Stupak was being stupid, and we all knew that he was being lied to, and that he was deliberately swallowing the lie. Fortunately, Mr Stupak is in his last term in the House of Representatives: his stupakidy led to serious challenges on both the right and left in his district, and he decided not to seek re-election. If he had at least been honest, and said that he preferred passing a health care bill which would pay for abortions to not passing one at all, we could have at least some respect for his taking of a difficult decision.
Perhaps what he did and the way he did it somehow eased his conscience; as a Roman Catholic, he (supposedly) supports the pro-life position of the Church. But if his idiotic song-and-dance soothed his conscience a few months ago, I have to wonder how he feels right now.
Sensible people knew that President Obama was lying to him.