The impact of Obamacare on the most vulnerable
Most in America are keenly aware that the U.S. Supreme Court just upheld the Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as Obamacare. But do most people remember how we got here in the first place? Unfortunately, too many of our fellow citizens have a short memory—especially when it comes to politics. That’s why our job is so important. Think of us as a pad of yellow posting notes. We stubbornly refuse to let America overlook vulnerable unborn babies. In light of this monumental Supreme Court decision, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane.
Health care has been in need of “reform” for years. The U.S. Congress, once again, took up that challenge, in earnest, back in early 2009. Before long, however, major differences of opinion began to emerge. Our nation was in the throes of a bitter debate. Tragically, “transparency” in the negotiations began to rapidly disappear. Open and honest debate soon gave way to accounting gimmicks, smoke and mirrors, half-truths and outright lies. The President, along with the majority leadership in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate began to apply incredible pressure for a vote.
Do you remember the rush to pass the bill despite the fact that only a handful of legislators had even read the 2,700-page proposal? Do you remember when former House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it?”
Meanwhile, we were shouting from the rooftops, “Beware America! This is the greatest expansion of abortion rights since Roe v. Wade of 1973.” It didn’t matter! Private insurance or government-run, every single abortion in America could be covered as a “basic benefit.” We were also very concerned about rationing of health care. Instead of increased coverage and care, suddenly our elderly, infirm and disabled were at even greater risk!
Soon America erupted in protest. The reaction from the Obama White House and backers of health care reform was outlandish. Instead of actually listening to what the American people had to say, they resorted to name calling and Chicago-style push and shove politics. Average citizens were called “un-American” simply because they disagreed. John Dingell, our very own U.S. House Representative, compared town hall attendees to the Ku Klux Klan—live on MSNBC! Nancy Pelosi accused us of being swastika-carrying astroturfers? If you disagreed with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on health care reform, then you were an “evil monger.”
In the hectic days leading up to this historic vote, a handful of prolife Democrats held up the entire debate, trying to negotiate protection for unborn babies. The nation watched in disbelief as the Obama White House, working hand-in-glove with Pelosi, began to pick off these prolife Democrats one by one.
Then, on Sunday afternoon, March 21, 2010, Michigan U.S. House Representative Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) held a press conference. He along with several of his Democratic allies indicated that they had struck a deal with the President. With indescribable disappointment, we learned that Bart Stupak had approved a compromise in the form of an executive order—an executive order that supposedly would eliminate tax-funded abortion from Obamacare. With this heartbreaking deal came enough votes to finally pass this measure by a margin of just four votes.
Two days later, on Tuesday afternoon, March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the bill into law. But, as we had warned, the executive order was not worth the paper it was written on! Now, Obamacare was the law of the land.
After a flurry of lawsuits, the U.S. Supreme Court announced their decision in "National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius" on June 28. By a 5-4 margin, the high court upheld the vast majority of the provisions found in Obamacare. In 187 pages, the high court summarized its opinion of a 2,700-page monstrosity. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy adequately summarized the four-vote dissent when he said, “In our view, the act before us is invalid in its entirety.” In a major surprise, Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr. wrote the majority opinion declaring that the individual mandate requiring virtually every American to own health insurance is a tax, not a penalty, and therefore legal for Congress to enact.
As a result, Obamacare is being heralded as the “largest tax increase in American history.” Tax dollars that will be used to kill innocent babies preparing to be born. Now, lest our fellow citizens forget, let’s once again break out our yellow notes:
And remember, there is much more to come. The ambiguity of the fine print is absolutely breathtaking. Even though the original bill was 2,700 pages long, it is still insufficient in terms of regulating how Obamacare will operate in the real world. Those decisions are left to one person—the Secretary of Health and Human Services—Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius is easily one of the most pro-abortion public officials in America today. It will also horrify you to learn that there are more than 2,500 references to Sebelius in the new health care law. In a nutshell, one woman has been handed the power to determine what health care will look like from coast to coast.
This is not the end, it’s just the beginning! Don’t get discouraged. We still have time, and we still have recourse. Please join us as we move full speed ahead:
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