By Nathan A. Cherry, 03/31/2010
Martinsburg, W.V. – I remember hearing then Presidential candidate Obama proclaim that his healthcare “fix” would have no tax or premium increases or federal funds for abortion. He made the statement so many times I think even he believed what he was saying.
Then along came his massive 2,400 page healthcare hijacking bill. Not surprisingly included in the bill was tax increases, measures that will certainly increase premiums, and of course, federal funds for abortion. Did the President lie? His refusal to honestly address questions about these issues seems to indicate that he intentionally misled the American people.
If the President is of such low integrity and moral fiber as to mislead those he represents, it makes sense that those supporting him and his policies are similar in nature. It is no less disappointing.
Equally disappointing is the failure on the part of West Virginia’s Congressmen to hold true to their “pro-life” stance and oppose the “largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade,” said Jeremy Dys, president and general counsel of the Family Policy Counsel of West Virginia.
In particular I am speaking of Congressmen Al Mollohan (D- 1) and Nick Rahall (D- 3) who found it acceptable to support and vote for Obama’s healthcare takeover on the basis of his promise to issue an Executive Order banning federally funded abortions. This is rather surprising considering most legal experts don’t believe an Executive Order holds weight against established law in court. On this point Dys said:
“That Reps. Mollohan and Rahall were complicit in a phony compromise that will fail to protect the pre-born is unconscionable. As the cases of Hamden v. Rumsfeld and Commerce of U.S. v. Reich make clear, executive orders that contradict statutory law will be invalidated.”
I find this particularly troubling for the fact that these men are supposed to know the law better than I do, better than you, better than most. It is their job to know the law so that it can be upheld, so that it doesn’t violate civil rights, and so that it’s actually legal. Yet Congressmen Mollohan and Rahall either don’t know the law very well, or they are making a feeble effort to cover their tracks to minimize damage in the upcoming election. In either case their actions are disappointing.
The conclusion here is that promises of transparency, bi-partisanship, no new taxes, lower premiums, and no federally funded abortions were all completely broken; not just slightly, completely. And I for one feel as if our lawmakers ignored the super-majority of Americans that opposed this terrible piece of legislation. Even though I let my voice be heard through e-mails and letters to my elected officials, they ignored me. I now intend to be decidedly louder in November during elections.
Bottom line? If my lawmakers won’t listen to me then I intend to do what I can to replace them with ones that will listen.
Did you want higher taxes? Did you ask for higher health insurance premiums and a government demand that you purchase a policy approved by them? Are you okay with funding abortion with your tax dollars? You can look forward to all this and more thanks to Congressmen Mollohan and Rahall and all those that voted for President Obama’s health-care overhaul.
If you want some more “good” news about this crippling legislation read here about what John Deere and Caterpillar are facing thanks to “Obamacare.”
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.