Obama Administration Approves First Direct Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Through New High-Risk Insurance Pools

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Now let’s see, what was that Obama promised in order to get Obamacare passed into law….No taxpayer-funded abortions? And you thought he was telling the truth? Now we know who the true deceivers and liars really are,’ said Tom McClusky, senior vice president of the Family Research Council’s political action arm.

Obama Administration Approves First Direct Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Through New High-Risk Insurance Pools

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.

“This action by the Obama Administration also exposes the worthlessness of President Obama’s Executive Order that supposedly would prevent federal funding of abortion, but which both sides, including Planned Parenthood, agreed was unenforceable.

“While the American people deserve an apology from President Obama for his deception, we should only be satisfied when this Pennsylvania abortion funding is rescinded and the health care law repealed.

CNS News


Take the Money and Run…Bart Stupak

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From the Politico:

Stupak won’t seek reelection
By: Mike Allen and Josh Kraushaar

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who played a central role in the health reform fight as the leader of anti-abortion Democrats, announced Friday afternoon that he will not run for reelection, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Without Stupak on the ballot, the seat becomes an immediate pickup opportunity for Republicans.

At a press conference in his home district this afternoon, Stupak attributed the exertion of traveling back and forth from Washington to his sprawling Upper Peninsula district as a primary reason for his retirement but also said that he had completed much of what he aimed to do in Congress.

“I’ve accomplished what I want to do. Either I run again and I’d be there forever or it’s time for me to make the break; it’s time for me to move on,” Stupak said.

But Republicans immediately attributed Stupak’s decision to step down as a direct consequence of his health care vote.

“After selling his soul to Nancy Pelosi, it appears that Bart Stupak finally found the courage to tell her no,” said Ken Spain, communications director of the National Republican Congressional Committee. “The political fallout over the Democrats’ government takeover of health care has put the political careers of many Democrats in jeopardy, thanks in part to Stupak’s decision to abandon his alleged pro-life principles.”

Republicans believe that other anti-abortion Democrats, like freshman Reps. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio) and Kathleen Dahlkemper (D-Pa.), will also face serious trouble because of their support for the health care legislation without strict anti-abortion provisions.

Stupak plans to continue to live in the district, the Democratic official said. He said that he will continue to serve the people of the 1st District, just not as their congressman.

A Stupak friend told POLITICO that the congressman made the final decision during a conversation with his family while in Indianapolis to root for Michigan State in its Final Four basketball game.

Attempting to change his mind, President Barack Obama called Stupak on Wednesday and asked him not to retire. Stupak, 58, also resisted entreaties from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the dean of the Wolverine State delegation.

The Upper Peninsula seat gave President Obama just 50 percent of the vote and supported former President George W. Bush in 2004 with 53 percent. But Stupak had never faced difficulty winning reelection, always prevailing with at least 57 percent of the vote, since he was first elected in 1992.

This year was shaping up to be a different story, with Stupak becoming a leading target on both his left and right flanks. Abortion rights supporters were rallying behind former Charlevoix County Commissioner Connie Saltonstall after Stupak insisted on ant-abortion language being inserted in the health care legislation.

The Tea Party Express caravan stopped in Stupak’s Upper Peninsula district last night to protest his health care vote as part of a concerted attempt to oust the incumbent. The group had named Stupak as one of its leading targets.

The friend said he believes Stupak would have won, adding: “More than 95 percent of the opposition from left and right has come from outside of his district.”

And Republicans have rallied around surgeon Dan Benishek, a tea party favorite, who received very little attention until Stupak voted for the health care legislation even without the anti-abortion language in the bill . Benishek is expected to raise more than $100,000 this quarter, according to GOP sources, a large amount for a first-time candidate who had virtually no campaign infrastructure before Stupak received national attention over his health care positioning.

Saltonstall, who had been challenging Stupak in the primary, is the only Democrat left in the race. But Democrats expect other candidates in tune with the culturally conservative sentiment of the Upper Peninsula district to emerge, including Mike Prusi and Gary McDowell and state Reps. Joel Sheltrown and Jeff Mayes.

Stupak said he was confident that Democrats would hold the seat, taking a shot at the Republican candidates who had been looking to unseat him.

“We have good Democrats who are term-limited [in the Legislature] and they can hold this seat. I’m excited about the Democratic prospects; I’m sure they will do well. I don’t think this is automatically a Republican seat,” Stupak said.

“I’ve seen the Republican field and, obviously, I’m not impressed. In my estimation, it’s the weakest field in some time.”

From Westernpac.org:

Incumbent politicians would be foolish to underestimate the power of the grassroots movements sweeping America. Mainstream media pundits are quick to dismiss us as a bunch of angry right wing crazies rather than an organized political effort. When we began our tour with the Tea Party Express in the Southern Nevada desert late last month, CNN reported that “several dozens of protesters have shown up”. To help these mathematically challenged reporters, it would be closer to 850 dozen to account for the well over 10,000 people attending the rally.Today’s announcement by Congressman Bart Stupak that he will not seek reelection underscores the power behind this movement. On the day that the Tea Party Express began a multi city tour of Stupak’s District, he made the announcement that he is not seeking reelection. We are holding our elected officials accountable to the oath they swore to represent the people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

This fight is by no means over. A sleeping giant has awakened and we will continue this fight until our Congress is filled with representatives who honor the Constitution and the voters they represent. Your support will continue to make the difference in the direction our Nation takes as we fight to stop the runaway spending of this Administration and Congress.

Our message to all sitting politicians is that “America belongs to We the People” not the special interests you have placed ahead of us.

Under Fire for Abortion Deal,Bart Stupak to Retire

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Well no surprise here is it? Looks like the “change” in November has begun early.

Under Fire for Abortion Deal, Stupak to Retire

Representative Bart Stupak of Michigan, who played a central role with fellow anti-abortion Democrats in negotiating a compromise in the final hours of debate that allowed the health care overhaul bill to pass, said on Friday that he would not seek re-election.

Mr. Stupak, a nine-term incumbent, has been under intense pressure from anti-abortion groups and others since the health care bill passed last month. At his request, President Obama signed an executive order outlining the prohibitions against the use of federal funds for abortion. But anti-abortion groups dismissed the executive order and pledged to defeat Mr. Stupak, whom they had once championed.

“The Tea Party did not run me out,” Mr. Stupak said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “If you know me and my personality, I would welcome the challenge.”

In conversations over the last week, party officials said, Mr. Stupak told Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mr. Obama and other party leaders that he was leaning against running in November. They urged Mr. Stupak to reconsider, officials said, because leaving his seat open would create an opportunity for Republicans to gain ground in their bid to win control of the House.

His decision to not seek re-election sent a fresh wave of anxiety through the Democratic Party, narrowing their margin for error as they fight with Republicans for control of the House in the midterm elections.

Republicans in Michigan and Washington seized on the departure of Mr. Stupak as an opportunity to improve their chances for control of the House.

“Bart Stupak is the first casualty of the Obamacare vote,” said Ron Weiser, the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party. “Caving to pressure from Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, Stupak ignored his district and betrayed his principles.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee issued a statement moments after the news of Mr. Stupak’s decision began to circulate: “Red Alert: Former pro-life Democrat throws in the towel rather than running on health care sellout.”

Mr. Stupak, a leader of the Congressional Pro-life Caucus, put himself at the center of a debate over provisions in the big health care legislation regarding insurance coverage for abortions.

In the fall, Mr. Stupak pulled off what at the time seemed a remarkable political feat, forcing Ms. Pelosi, who is a fierce champion of abortion rights, and other liberal Democrats to allow a vote on an amendment inserting tight restrictions on abortion coverage into the House health care bill. His name became capitol shorthand for the amendment.

With Republican support, the amendment was approved, immediately creating a challenge for Democrats in the Senate. Negotiations there between two abortion foes, Senators Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, and a supporter of abortion rights, Senator Barbara Boxer of California, produced compromise language for the Senate bill, but when it returned to the House, Mr. Stupak insisted that the Senate language was not good enough, infuriating all sides. Whether they were for or against abortion rights, many Democrats seemed to become anti-Stupak.

Mr. Stupak sided with Catholic bishops who opposed the health bill because of the Senate language, rather than Catholic nuns who supported it, and then said the bishops were wrong not to accept Mr. Obama’s executive order as a compromise..


Firing List from the Tea Party…

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I guess they thought the tea party would go away…because everyone WANTED “ObamaCare”…well, all they did was help to place targets…

By Drew Zahn
© 2010 WorldNetDaily

No. 1 on Fire the 219’s target list: Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich.

Following this past weekend’s 219-212 health-care vote in the U.S. House of Representatives, two leading tea-party groups have established a pair of new target numbers: 219 representatives to be “fired” and a top 10 list of those that most need to go.

The Nationwide Tea Party Coalition and Tea Party Nation have teamed up to create a new website and nonprofit corporation dedicated to ousting the legislators that backed “Obamacare” called Fire the 219.

“Over the last few days, you have heard very little from Tea Party Nation on the socialist health-care vote,” touts an e-mail alert from the organization. “I do not know about you, but my mailbox was getting filled up with urgent e-mails. No one needed one more.

“Now, things are different,” the alert proclaims. “Now we are going to fight back.”

The Fire the 219 website states that is “dedicated to removing from power all 219 members of Congress who voted to destroy the finest health-care system in the world on March 21, 2010. We will use any and all legal means possible, starting with recall petitions in those 18 states that allow it.”

Whether or not recall of a U.S. representative is permissible is still a matter of controversy, as the U.S. Constitution is silent on the issue and no member of the U.S. Congress has ever been successfully recalled.

But as WND reported, a voter effort to recall Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., won an important first-step legal battle earlier this month when a New Jersey appellate court admitted there is no legal precedent preventing a recall from going forward.

Fire the 219 has also posted on its site an analysis of recall law drafted by Michael Farris, chancellor and professor of government at Patrick Henry College.

“Members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives are not exempt from state law processes allowing for recall of elected officials,” argues Farris. “Since members of the U.S. House and Senate are subject to other state laws regarding elections – and federal constitutional challenges to these requirements have generally been in vain – it stands to reason that state recall laws are equally binding on federal office holders from a state if such challenges are permitted by state law.”

Farris then provides a summary of various recall provisions from a number of states – including New Jersey, Oregon, Wisconsin, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, North Dakota and California – claiming 18 have states in total have laws in one form or another that address recall.

Though he admits the question of recall is still “unsettled,” Farris concludes, “The arguments in favor of the validity of the application of state recall laws are plain and evident. Moreover, all state laws are presumptively constitutional until ruled to the contrary. There is no time like the present to test the validity of these laws. And there is only one way to do so – begin the process of recall of members of the House and Senate.”

To start that process, Fire the 219 has drafted a “top 10” list of representatives it intends to “fire.”

Not surprisingly, the top target is Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., who forged a last-minute compromise with the White House accepting the promise of an executive order banning federal funding of abortion instead of codified law enforcing the ban. Appeased by the compromise, Stupak led a contingent of self-proclaimed pro-life Democrats who had previously resisted the health-care bill to vote for it.

Rounding out the top 10, in order, are the following:

  • Rep. John Boccieri, D-Ohio
  • Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn.
  • Rep. Allan Boyd, D-Fla.
  • Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.
  • Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas
  • Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Texas
  • Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y.
  • Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D.
  • Rep. Scott Murphy, D-N.Y.

“This is the list of the top 10 we are going to get rid of because they sold us out,” the Tea Party Nation’s e-mail alert states.

The “throw-the-bums-out” sentiment exemplified by Fire the 219, already simmering before the health-care vote, has reportedly only grown since.

“I am deluged with phone calls this morning (from) people wanting to join the tea party,” Gina Loudon, a founder of the St. Louis Tea Party, told Fox News. “I literally cannot even return the phone calls quickly enough. … This has absolutely awakened a giant.”

Fire the 219 is now hoping to put that “giant” into action, seeking people who will sign recall petitions, push their state lawmakers to pass recall legislation and volunteer legal expertise in the upcoming drive to remove 219 “yes” votes from Congress.

‘Members of the House of Representatives are not exempt from recall’

Tea partiers target top 10 legislators to be ‘fired’

Another Stupak Reason to Vote Healthcare

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From Code Red, another bit of evidence that Bart Stupak was lying about holding out for abortion…he was just grandstanding!

Obama Administration Awarded Hundreds of Thousands in Airport Grants to Stupak’s District Two Days Before Vote

Was this Yet Another Backroom Deal to Force Obama’s Bill Down the American People’s Throats?

Three airports in the district of infamous fence-sitting and ultimately kowtowing Democrat Bart Stupak were awarded $726,409 in grants by the Obama Administration just two days before a vote on Obama and Pelosi’s government takeover of healthcare.

Did Stupak compromise his supposed principled stand against taxpayer funding of abortion in exchange for taxpayer dollars for pet projects?

Alpena County Regional Airport received a $85,500 grant, but had only 7,519 passenger boardings in 2008 (the most recent year for which there is information) according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) data. Alpena County Regional Airport serves fewer passengers than even the late Rep. John Murtha’s famous “Airport for Nobody.”

Delta County Airport has even less customers than that, but still received a $179,209 grant.

Chippewa County International Airport received a $461,700 grant,  but had only 13,733  passenger boardings in 2008.

Will Stupak come clean about this apparent backroom deal for his vote?

Call Stupak’s district office at (989) 356-0690 and ask.

Scott Brown Criticizes Obama’s Obsession With Health Care Has Wasted the Last Year

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Here’s Scott Brown’s answer to Obama’s Saturday address to the Nation:

Congressman Says He Now Has ‘About 40 Likeminded Democrats’ Who Will Vote to Kill Health Bill if He Doesn’t Get Floor Vote on Pro-Life Amendment

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Looks like more truth about the Obamacare bill will be coming out one way or the other.

Congressman Says He Now Has ‘About 40 Likeminded Democrats’ Who Will Vote to Kill Health Bill if He Doesn’t Get Floor Vote on Pro-Life Amendment

Rep. Bart Stupak (D.-Mich.) told CNSNews.com yesterday that he has organized a group of “about 40 likeminded Democrats” who will vote to kill the health-care bill if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) does not allow a floor vote on his amendment to prohibit federal funds from going to insurance plans that cover abortion.Under Stupak’s plan, the approximately 40 Democrats in his camp would join with all House Republicans in voting to defeat the special House “rule” that would set the terms for debating and amending the health-care bill on the House floor when it is brought up for a final vote. If a majority of the House does not first vote to approve this rule, the health-care bill itself cannot be brought to the floor.“We will try to—we, there’s about 40 like minded Democrats like myself—we’ll try to take down the rule,” Stupak told CNSNews.com. “If all 40 of us vote in a bloc against the rule—because we think the Republicans will join us—we can defeat the rule. The magic number is 218. If we can have 218 votes against the rule, we win.”

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“If you hold all 40 of your guys, how many votes do you have?” asked CNSNews.com.

“About 220,” said Stupak.

“So, you’ve got a two-vote margin there?” asked CNSNews.com

“Correct,” said Stupak.

If Stupak’s bloc of Democrats holds together against a rule, Stupak said, “They cannot bring the bill to the floor.”

Stupak’s amendment was defeated by a vote of 28 to 30 in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, when that committee was drafting its version of the health-care bill. Stupak’s serves on the committee and is chairman of its Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Stupak said that House Rules Committee Chairman Louise Slaughter (D.-N.Y.) has told him there is “no way” her committee will write a rule that allows a floor vote on his amendment.  The Democratic majority on the Rules Committee, Stupak said, acts on the direction of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The health care bill approved by the Energy and Commerce Committee creates health insurance “exchanges” in each state. These “exchanges” would sell government-approved health insurance plans. The bill would also provide federal subsidies to people making up to 400 percent of the poverty level to use when buying insurance plans in the exchange.

The committee approved an amendment sponsored by Rep. Lois Capps (D.-Calif.) that would require that there be at least one health care plan in each exchange that covers abortions. People would be able to buy these abortion-covering insurance plans with federal subsidies, although they would also be required to pay an extra premium of at least $1 to theoretically pay for the abortion part of their coverage.  Stupak and other pro-lifers—including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops–argue that money is fungible and that any federal funds going to an insurance plan that covers abortions is in fact a federal subsidy of abortion.

Stupak’s amendment–which mirrors the language of the Hyde amendment that is incorporated each year into various appropriations bills including the Health and Human Services appropriation–would prohibit federal funds from paying for any part of a health plan that covers abortions.

Stupak told CNSNews.com that although he has about 40 votes now to kill the rule for the health-care bill if Speaker Pelosi does not allow a floor vote on his amendment, he said that situation could change when the rule is brought to the floor and the voting on it actually takes place.

When the vote is going on, Stupak said, the Democratic leadership will “twist arms” and try to persuade the 40 would-be defectors to fall back in line with the party.