House Republican Leader John Boehner, in a meeting with President Obama and Congressional leaders at the White House today, asked President Obama to provide the American people with a progress report on the implementation of his Executive Order which proports to ban taxpayer-funding of abortions. Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelious did not make any mention of efforts by the administration to implement the Presidents Exectuvie Order (EO).
Abortion opponents widely viewed the EO as a disingenuous maneuver made by the administration in the final hours of the health care fight to buy off "pro-life" Democrates instead of passing the anti-abortion Stupak amendment, which would have prevented federal subsidies for abortion under ObamaCare. A recent analysis by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops confirms that under the new law, "federal subsidies will be used to help expand access nationwide to abortion coverage: and that all Americans, regardless of one's personal convictions, will be forced to pay nominal fee for full access to elective abortions -- not to be estmiated at less than $1 per enrollee, per enrolle per month.
While the Obama Administration plows ahead on implementing what it regards as the "popular Obamacare, Administration officials have been coy about their aims for putting into practice the President's EO on taxpayer-funding of abortion. Leader Boehner is still awaiting a response, other than a cryptic reply that EO guidance was still being developed, to the questions he raised in his May 13 letter to Secretary SEbelius.
"Has the Department provided guidance to states to implement the president's Executive order on abortions? When does the Administration expect to issue the directive on abortions? Will the new federal high-risk poots touted by the Administration also ensure that abortions will not be covered? 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."
The answers to the aforementioned questions will determine the extent to which taxpayer dollars fund abortions, which is why it is so troubling that the administration continues to kick the can down the road on this issue.
House Republicans continue to stand with the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare with commonsense solutions focused on lowering health care costs and protecting life. The Republican health care solution would codify the Hyde Amendment and prohibit all authorized and appropriated federal funds from being used to pay for abortion. And under the Republican plan, any health plan that includes abortion coverage may not receive federal funds."
There are two truths concerning the passage of ObamaCare. One is that without Obama's promise that taxpayer money would NOT go towards abortions the legislation would NEVER have passed. They simply did not have the votes. In addition, the administration was chastised time and again by the CBO that the legislation was not deficit friendly. So what did they do? Obama promised that no taxpayer money would go to fund abortions and that the legislation would be deficit friendly according to the report posted by the CBO right before the vote.
Since Obamacare seems to have been passed upon a lie about abortions, is it not a good idea to revisit the legislation? In addition, it would be interesting to see another CBO report on whether or not the legislation is deficit friendly once the Republicans take back Congress.
I know, I know, politicians are liars. Who cares, right? Well I suppose it depends on what they are lying about. If you are on the left, you care that Bush lied about the war and if you are on the right you care about whether they lied about promises regarding Obamacare. In the end, both are screwed as the federal government continues on its merry way unaccountable and untouchable.