|Volume 37, Number 2-3 www.nrlc.org February/March 2010|
Obama, Pelosi, Reid Launch Final Push to Enact Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill
WASHINGTON (February 25, 2010)--At NRL News deadline on February 25, President Obama and top Democratic congressional leaders are launching a final all-out effort to pass massive health care restructuring legislation that incorporates an array of pro-abortion federal subsidies and mandates.
The Senate passed the pro-abortion legislation (H.R. 3590) on December 24. However, so far the White House and Democratic leaders have been unable to muster the votes to pass it in the House of Representatives, partly because of resistance to the pro-abortion provisions among pro-life Democrats, led by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mi.), and by NRLC and others.
The White House game plan was seriously disrupted on January 19, when Republican Scott Brown captured the U.S. Senate seat that had been held for decades by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.). The outcome was widely viewed as a reflection of public opposition to the sweeping approaches to health care restructuring that the Obama Administration and top congressional Democrats have made a top priority.
Obama Health Bill Would Deny Right to
Use Own Money to Save Your Life
On February 22, President Obama offered a new health care proposal, based on but significantly altering the bill passed by the Senate just before Christmas. The President’s proposal is more radical than either the Senate bill or that passed by the House in limiting the ability of all Americans, and especially senior citizens, to use their own money to obtain health insurance less likely to ration lifesaving medical treatment.
Obama’s February 22 proposal would end older Americans’ current right to add their own money on top of the government Medicare contribution to get such insurance, while empowering state and federal government officials to limit what could be spent on health insurance by Americans of any age.
From the President
Politically, we live in interesting times. The depression that afflicted so many of us after the pro-abortionists' victory in the 2008 election is lifting. With the primary elections coming up, we see the possibility of pro-life gains. But before we become too euphoric we need to look realistically at politics and elections.
Increasing the numbers of pro-life voters. Politicians may sometimes not understand what they are voting for, but what they do understand is political power. They generally know how to count, especially the successful ones. The prospect of a large number of pro-life voters electing you to office or sending you home in defeat does clarify a politician's mind.
We shouldn't be too cynical about politicians looking at pro-life voters this way. First of all, we need their votes to pass pro-life legislation.
Second, for many practical-minded people the persuasiveness of an idea depends to a large degree on how many people are attracted to that idea. That means that the public clout of pro-lifers at election time goes beyond electing pro-life candidates: it means the affirmation and legitimization of pro-life principles in the eyes of the fence-sitters, the "independents," and the "middle-of-the-road" types. Electing pro-life majorities and taking control of the public agenda has the effect of moving more people into our column. For the right-to-life movement, the obvious lesson is that we must recruit as many pro-lifers as possible for participation in public life. For a start direct your friends and acquaintances to www.nrlc.org and www.stoptheabortionagenda.com
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