Selling Out At The Last Minute

Here is the text of the Executive Order which will be signed by President Obama AFTER the health care bill passes the House. Self-proclaimed “pro-life” Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) held a press conference just minutes ago stating that he would support the health care bill on “principle” because of this executive order.

Please remember, no Executive Order can trump law. The current laws make abortion legal. The health care bill provides for federal funding of abortions. The bill, if passed, will become law. No Executive Order can trump law. The Executive Order becomes null and void the moment President Barack Obama signs the bill into law.

Bart Stupak sold out for a useless piece of paper. If he wanted a piece of paper worth something, I have a whole roll of it he could have.

ENSURING ENFORCEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ABORTION RESTRICTIONS IN THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (approved March ¬¬__, 2010), I hereby order as follows:

Section 1. Policy.

Following the recent passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“the Act”), it is necessary to establish an adequate enforcement mechanism to ensure that Federal funds are not used for abortion services (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered), consistent with a longstanding Federal statutory restriction that is commonly known as the Hyde Amendment. The purpose of this Executive Order is to establish a comprehensive, government-wide set of policies and procedures to achieve this goal and to make certain that all relevant actors—Federal officials, state officials (including insurance regulators) and health care providers—are aware of their responsibilities, new and old.

The Act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to the newly-created health insurance exchanges. Under the Act, longstanding Federal laws to protect conscience (such as the Church Amendment, 42 U.S.C. §300a-7, and the Weldon Amendment, Pub. L. No. 111-8, §508(d)(1) (2009)) remain intact and new protections prohibit discrimination against health care facilities and health care providers because of an unwillingness to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.

Numerous executive agencies have a role in ensuring that these restrictions are enforced, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Section 2. Strict Compliance with Prohibitions on Abortion Funding in Health Insurance Exchanges.

The Act specifically prohibits the use of tax credits and cost-sharing reduction payments to pay for abortion services (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered) in the health insurance exchanges that will be operational in 2014. The Act also imposes strict payment and accounting requirements to ensure that Federal funds are not used for abortion services in exchange plans (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered) and requires state health insurance commissioners to ensure that exchange plan funds are segregated by insurance companies in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, OMB funds management circulars, and accounting guidance provided by the Government Accountability Office.

I hereby direct the Director of OMB and the Secretary of HHS to develop, within 180 days of the date of this Executive Order, a model set of segregation guidelines for state health insurance commissioners to use when determining whether exchange plans are complying with the Act’s segregation requirements, established in Section 1303 of the Act, for enrollees receiving Federal financial assistance. The guidelines shall also offer technical information that states should follow to conduct independent regular audits of insurance companies that participate in the health insurance exchanges. In developing these model guidelines, the Director of OMB and the Secretary of HHS shall consult with executive agencies and offices that have relevant expertise in accounting principles, including, but not limited to, the Department of the Treasury, and with the Government Accountability Office. Upon completion of those model guidelines, the Secretary of HHS should promptly initiate a rulemaking to issue regulations, which will have the force of law, to interpret the Act’s segregation requirements, and shall provide guidance to state health insurance commissioners on how to comply with the model guidelines.

Section 3. Community Health Center Program.

The Act establishes a new Community Health Center (CHC) Fund within HHS, which provides additional Federal funds for the community health center program. Existing law prohibits these centers from using federal funds to provide abortion services (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered), as a result of both the Hyde Amendment and longstanding regulations containing the Hyde language. Under the Act, the Hyde language shall apply to the authorization and appropriations of funds for Community Health Centers under section 10503 and all other relevant provisions. I hereby direct the Secretary of HHS to ensure that program administrators and recipients of Federal funds are aware of and comply with the limitations on abortion services imposed on CHCs by existing law. Such actions should include, but are not limited to, updating Grant Policy Statements that accompany CHC grants and issuing new interpretive rules.

Section 4. General Provisions.

(a) Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect: (i) authority granted by law or presidential directive to an agency, or the head thereof; or (ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This Executive Order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This Executive Order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity against the United States, its departments, agencies, entities, officers, employees or agents, or any other person.

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Law Trumps Order Everytime

There’s word today that there may be an “Executive Order” being offered in an exchange for votes on the House bill.

The possible deal would focus on an executive order that would specify there would be no public funding for abortions in the healthcare bill.

Apparently, in an effort to persuade lawmakers to support this bill, the President of the United States is offering this executive order which will have no affect on the healthcare bill. An executive order cannot override or negate an existing law.

Abortion is legal and the health care bill, as written in the Senate version, will allow funding for abortions. If the House passes the bill today, it will become law with the President’s signature. The President of the United States cannot issue any executive order which overrides that current law.

No deal, with Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) or anyone else, is worth the paper it is written on, if it includes an Executive Order.

On a side note, the President can reverse or alter any executive order by simply signing another executive order. There is no guarantee that the President will not do that.

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It’s Not Too Late To Kill The Bill!

I will be doing a series of small posts today, leading up to the vote on the health care bill in the House of Representatives.

The House will be debating the resolution which includes the Senate version of the bill. If the House passes the bill, as it is introduced today, the measure will go to the President for his signature.

The House Rules committee released a list of proposed amendments to the bill, but those amendments will only apply if they are passed by both the House and the Senate, as the final bill will already be ready for the President’s signature.

A vote today in the House is a vote for the Senate version, plain and simple. Here’s a video to get you started today.

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A Vote For An Unconstitutional Rule

House Republicans introduced a resolution to force a vote on Louise Slaughter’s “rule”.

H. RES. __
RESOLUTION
Ensuring an up or down vote on certain health care legislation.
Resolved, That the Committee on Rules may not report a rule or order that provides for disposition of the Senate amendments to H.R. 3590, an Act entitled The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, unless such rule or order provides for—
(1) at least one hour of debate, equally divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader, or their designees; and
(2) a requirement that the Speaker put the question on disposition of the Senate amendments and that the yeas and nays be considered as ordered thereon.

The vote on that resolution was held today. The resolution failed by a vote of 222-203.

That’s right. Two-Hundred and Twenty-Two Democrats feel that Article I, Section VII, Clause II of the U.S. Constitution is null and void. I know I keep re-hashing this same “argument” but the Constitution states,

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively…

The item is not up for debate. The U.S. Constitution states that every bill that passes the House and the Senate must pass with Yeas and Nays being called. The Slaughter “rule” will deem the Senate version passed in the House, which is unconstitutional. Period.

The fact that 222 House Democrats don’t respect, let alone even know, what is written in our Constitution does not surprise me. The next couple days are going to be quite interesting, but when it comes to the Slaughter “rule”, there is nothing more to discuss.

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Reconciling Congress

Are you looking to save some money if “ObamaCare” becomes law?

Buyers, beware: President Barack Obama says his health care overhaul will lower premiums by double digits, but check the fine print.

Premiums are likely to keep going up even if the health care bill passes, experts say. If cost controls work as advertised, annual increases would level off with time. But don’t look for a rollback. Instead, the main reason premiums would be more affordable is that new government tax credits would help cover the cost for millions of people.

Listening to Obama pitch his plan, you might not realize that’s how it works.

Say what? Did the AP really question The Failed One®’s plan? Don’t they know he could smite them all with his teleprompter if he chose to do so?

Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi’s left-hand man, confirmed that the Democratic leaders of the U.S. House Of Representatives will knowingly violate the U.S. Constitution while bringing the reconciliation bill to the floor for a vote.

The procedural sleight of hand Hoyer was referring to has become know as the Slaughter Solution and would involve the House Rules Committee drafting a rule that would merely deem the Senate health bill passed if Congress approved a budget reconciliation measure.

 

 

Stay tuned… It’s time to reconcile Congress.

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Like Lambs To The Slaughter House

We’re still waiting to see what’s actually in the bill they are going to attempt to “deem as passed”.

For weeks now we have heard President Obama tell us all why he thinks this health care bill should pass. Of course, no matter how much he speaks, he never actually gives one good reason for believing so. Back room deals have been made, arms have been twisted, and now he’s resorting to threats to get the bill passed.

The president will refuse to make fund-raising visits during November elections to any district whose representative has not backed the bill.

A one-night presidential appearance can bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds which would otherwise take months to accumulate through cold-calling by campaign volunteers.

So there you have it. If a Democrat does not back the current bill, President Obama plans to hang them out to dry come November.

That really isn’t an issue though. In fact, it’s quite an incentive to oppose the bill. Each candidate Barack Obama has campaigned for, has lost their bid for re-election.

Back in November, he campaigned for Jon Corzine in New Jersey yet Chris Christie won by more than 5 percentage points. He campaigned in Virginia for Creigh Deeds and Bob McConnell ran away with the election with an 18 percent margin. This year, Scott Brown defeated Martha Coakley by more than 4 points in the special election to fill Edward “Fat Teddy” Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts.

Forget the fact that voting against this bill will solidify any re-election chances, if I was a Democrat serving in the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate and I was up for re-election this year, I would still be voicing my opposition to this bill.

It doesn’t make sense to pass this bill when it adds so much to our federal deficit, takes away our rights as Americans, and will end up burdening the American taxpayers for years to come.

President Obama has been lying about this health care bill for so long, he ‘s no longer even trying to pretend anymore.

Watch this video, where he states, “Your employer, it’s estimated, would see premiums fall by as much as 3000 percent which means they could give you a raise.”

Sounds good doesn’t it? Let’s presume your employer is paying $400 per month for your insurance. Do the math people. If the premium for your coverage dropped 3000% that means your employer would save $12,000 per month just on your coverage alone. Does this mean your employer will be paid by the government $11,600 per month to employ you? Premiums cannot drop more than 100% before you hit $0.00. Again, do the math.

In an article at American Spectator today, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) wrote,

First, using the “Slaughter House Rules” to skirt a substantive vote and “deem as passed” the Senate’s government-run health care bill would violate constitutionally prescribed procedures for duly passing and enacting federal legislation. Obviously, this dysfunctional legislative branch’s Leftist majority cares little about this pesky “supreme law of the land.”

Nancy Pelosi may like the idea, but Article I, Section VII, Clause II of the U.S. Constitution states,

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively…

If Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Louise Slaughter, Harry Reid, and President Barack Obama (also known as the SlaughterHouse Five) use the “Slaughter House Rules” to pass this bill, the bill itself will be tied up in the courts longer than it would take to pay for the bill in the first place and Democrats will be defeated (like lambs to the slaughterhouse) left and right this coming election.

Meanwhile, we wait to see what’s going to be in the bill.

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