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Congresswoman's remorse over disastrous health-care bill rings hollow

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“As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House Web site for five days.”

– Candidate Obama’s website

“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

– Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on the health care reform bill

“I would have never voted for the final version of the bill if I expected the Obama administration to force Catholic hospitals and Catholic colleges and Universities to pay for contraception.”

– Former U.S. Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, D-Pa.

If Ms. Dahlkemper hadn’t already been voted out of office last year, she’d be a great candidate for being tossed out on her rump today, just for world-class naïveté – a condition unforgivable in the halls of power.

How dare she cast a crucial vote in favor of Obamacare – which no one in Washington, much less the public, appeared able to read before passage – and then lament what was in it. This is beyond gall.

Never mind that the monstrosity – the most serpentine, invasive, consequential act of Congress in memory – was passed in a whirlwind without due consideration of every word. It is the mere notion of granting the federal bureaucracy that much power that warranted its rejection.

How could the wide-eyed congresswoman, or anyone else, not have seen the danger in unleashing the federal behemoth on our private lives thusly? You grant bureaucrats and the Obama machinery that much authority – and then you’re surprised when they use it to their full ideological advantage?

What turnip truck did she fall off of?

The result of such negligence, of course, is that this administration announced plans to force the Catholic church and other institutions fundamentally opposed to contraception to provide it in their employees’ insurance policies.

Ms. Dahlkemper’s blunder underscores the fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives: Liberals believe, often blissfully blind, in the abject goodness of government – mountains of historical evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.

Candidate Obama played on Americans’ rightful skepticism of government when he promised transparency. “But the first bill Obama signed into law as president – the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act – got no such vetting,” writes Politifact.com.

“Pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it”? Really? Are you kidding?

This is what comes of it.

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wtinney
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wtinney 02/16/12 - 04:14 am
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I just had to laugh at this

I just had to laugh at this editorial piece. ACES got it right this time still, they're preaching to the choir. Those that support democrats and the Obama administration will blindly continue to do so. They cannot help it. Sheep being led to the slaughter. Folks, with still over 8 percent of unemployment by the numbers (reported) - a number it was supposed to never get to with Obama stimulus I - recently it was reported that his approval ratings are getting a bump because of the "improvement" in those job numbers (Obama approval now stands at 44%). If this guy gets re-elected with 8% unemployment being reported you can flush America and the republic with democratic influences right down the toilet of blind ideological thinking and emotionalism. It does not matter who starts it and for whatever reason - it only matters who is captain of the ship at the time it transpires. That is a principle all presidents have had to live with and it should be no different with this one.

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carcraft 02/16/12 - 05:37 am
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As Samuel Jackson did many

As Samuel Jackson did many will vote for Obama simple because of the content of his melanin and not the content of his charactor!

copperhead
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copperhead 02/16/12 - 05:46 am
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I have some contracts that i

I have some contracts that i need democrats(liberals) to sign that say something or other about owing me some money. You don't need to read them before signing cause i promise,it is in your best interest to sign them. After you sign them,THEN you can read them. It is the greatest deal in the world, I promise! Are y'all lining up to sign? You must hurry,our nation depends on your signatures! If you don't sign,our nation will be destoyed! Emergency! You can read it later,i promise.

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Jon Lester 02/16/12 - 06:25 am
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Why don't you complain about

Why don't you complain about tax dollars paying for drone strikes on Pakistani wedding parties? Some taxpayers are pacifists.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 02/16/12 - 08:51 am
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Thank goodness she's no

Thank goodness she's no longer a member of Congress.So she voted for Obamacare then acts surprised when it does just what we knew it would? Basically allow the government to dictate every aspect of YOUR healthcare choices. What a moron...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/16/12 - 09:00 am
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I use the Jerry Clower

I use the Jerry Clower technique of modern warfare when dealing with Pakistanis. Just shoot up amongst them.

copperhead
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copperhead 02/16/12 - 09:29 am
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EVERY democrat voted FOR this

EVERY democrat voted FOR this NOT knowing anything other that "hussein said"they are all morons.

copperhead
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copperhead 02/16/12 - 09:45 am
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Ya reckon she COULD have READ

Ya reckon she COULD have READ it?!? Or at least get one or two of her many assistants(paid by taxpayers)to scim over it and give her the highlights?!?

Bruno
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Bruno 02/16/12 - 10:03 am
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Q: What does Lester's comment

Q: What does Lester's comment have to do with the substance of the article?

A: Nothing. It is simply a diversion from the topic in a weak attempt to deflect criticism from Obama.

allhans
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allhans 02/16/12 - 10:09 am
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This is only the beginning of

This is only the beginning of what is hidden in this greatest ever (size-not content) to be passed called the Obama Health Care package.
Wait until the portion is unveiled that tells the truth of what happens when the truly poor need medical care and have only Medicaid to rely on.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/16/12 - 10:25 am
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As they continue to dig

As they continue to dig through the Obamacare law, they are finding entire "provisions" that state, "The Secretary of Human Health and Services MAY" or "The Secretary of Human Health and Services CAN". In other words, the Democrats did not write a law, they published a broad swipe communist concept paper that left all of the nitty gritty nuts and bolts up to an unelected bureaucrat. This is what happens when the Democrats draft legislation in the middle of the night in a back room somewhere and our illustrious president signs it and nobody, nobody has read it. Regardless of any other issue, and there are many, Obama and the Democrats should be removed from office for their "written in the blind" Obamacare bill. The actual legislation that was passed and signed is proof positive that they are incompetent to be running the country. Almost every provision of the bill is so ill defined, or blatantly unconstitutional, that it will be hauled through the court system for years to come. The only thing we know for sure in Obamacare is that the people who work and pay for their insurance will pay twice as much and the people who live off of government free stuff will get more government free stuff. As for Nancy's "we have to pass it to know what is in it" ridiculous wide eyed statement, Kathleen Sebelius is apparently the only one who "knows what is in it" because none of it is spelled out and she is the one who has the authority to make it up as she goes. She is the one who has decided that the Catholic church will be paying for abortions and birth control. And don't kid yourself, they will still be paying for it. Nobody believes the insurance companies will be providing anything for "free". Obamacare is an unconstitutional travesty which was hoisted onto the American public in the middle of the night by Democrats. It, and they, need to be canceled. The only thing that we know for sure about Obamacare is that the free stuff will flow freely to Democrat constituents while the rest of us work to pay for it.

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twolane 02/16/12 - 10:55 am
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our dumbed down society is so
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our dumbed down society is so lost it really doesnt even matter anymore

twolane
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twolane 02/16/12 - 10:57 am
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and when its in place there
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and when its in place there is nothing you can do you will see older NON PRODUCTIVE citizens slowly phased out and younger productive worker bees will recieve the best in medicine others will be given care that will alleviate suffering but not cured....healthcare WILL BE rationed out because the money and resources will be limited...mark my words

copperhead
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copperhead 02/16/12 - 11:05 am
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But twolane,hussein said that

But twolane,hussein said that won't happen! Don't you believe him?

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 02/16/12 - 11:14 am
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You know I have no idea

You know I have no idea what's in Obamacare. I wonder if anyone does.
I do know that I have insurance that pays 100% if I need the hospital and 80% of all Dr.s appointments. My Drug plan is I pay no more than $2.50 for generics and no more than $6.50 on brand names. I feel very luck to have this. I am grateful when so many are uninsured.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 02/16/12 - 11:16 am
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It is my belief that all

It is my belief that all Americans as a part of citizenship should at least be able to go to the Doctor if needed.
Is a basic nessisity.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/16/12 - 11:19 am
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I believe that all Americans

I believe that all Americans should be able to go to a doctor, also. But only if the person receiving the medical care pays for it.

copperhead
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copperhead 02/16/12 - 11:25 am
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shrimp for breakfast,then you

shrimp for breakfast,then you won't mind paying for them to have insurance?

skeptic griggsy
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skeptic griggsy 02/16/12 - 12:04 pm
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Please, stop making such
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Please, stop making such ridiculous comments as they reflect your imaginations instead of reality! Why regurgitate lies?
The facts say otherwise. The Affordable Care Act does cut down what is the major factor for the budget -external costs-those $200 dollar aspirins and such. Yes, more to do about that exists.
Politi-fact and FactCheck belie your made up assertions!
No religion should dictate policy! Women's rights are important whilst religious whims are nothing important in this case! The compromise assures to that.
Give yourselves a break!

mybaskett
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mybaskett 02/16/12 - 11:54 am
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Shrimp for Breakfast, it

Shrimp for Breakfast, it sounds like you have what my family has for insurance. It's called a "Cadillac Plan." Those of us that have Cadillac plans will be paying an additional tax in the future. I think this begins in 2013 or 2014. Unions also have these plans. They will not be taxed, they were given a waiver. Cadillac plans are just plans that have great benefits. Enjoy it while it lasts.

copperhead
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copperhead 02/16/12 - 12:02 pm
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mybasket,you reckon 1% of

mybasket,you reckon 1% of Americans have the cadillac plan?

Bruno
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Bruno 02/16/12 - 01:08 pm
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All Americans can go to a

All Americans can go to a Doctor when needed. The problem saying that it is a basic necessity (or right) is that in saying that you are ignoring the fact that you don't have a right to a product provided by someone else. My free speech is not provided by someone else. My "right" to health care would be provided by someone else. What of their rights?

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 02/16/12 - 02:14 pm
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Shrimpforbreakfast states "It

Shrimpforbreakfast states "It is my belief that all Americans as a part of citizenship should at least be able to go to the Doctor if needed.
Is a basic nessisity" - Just for the record: Those that need coverage already receive it: the needy, the sick, the elderly, the dissabled, under medicare and medicaid. On top of that, many many many people that do not have health insurance still come to the ER to get the care they need. It is against the law to deny them care because they do not have health insurance. Those of us that do not fall under those categories and are not children, not sick, not dissabled or elderly, can work and pay for our own insurance.

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burninater 02/16/12 - 02:19 pm
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Loving, I don't think anyone

Loving, I don't think anyone could have phrased the case for a health insurance mandate better than your post just did.

faithson
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faithson 02/16/12 - 03:49 pm
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loving; and if they charge us

loving; and if they charge us a little more to cover those who fall under certain categories, so be it... the cost of a 'social contract' that allows 'all' boats to float, not just the few or privileged.

faithson
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faithson 02/16/12 - 03:57 pm
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bruno; 'The problem saying

bruno; 'The problem saying that it is a basic necessity (or right)', your problem with 'health' being a basic necessity is unusual. I have always found that 'healthy' equates to 'productive'. So we can agree that 'health' is a basic necessity. Now as to your 'right' to health, there is a whole new ethic involved here. And a sound discussion of the 'facts' should yield political decisions that support funding health care for ALL Americans, no matter.

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itsanotherday1 02/16/12 - 04:07 pm
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faithson, I will agree there

faithson, I will agree there is a benefit in preventive medicine, and we should incentivize people on the public dime to utilize it before we spend 25 times as much treating their long term issues. However, there is no "right" to such care. Maybe we "should" or maybe not, depending on your own personal perspective, but it is NOT an enumerated right. We now have a lot of people who make a choice to put their wants ahead of their needs, then expect the responsible to pick up their tab when things go south. That is just wrong, period. Then again, how do you constitutionally FORCE them to have coverage? I don't think they should be forced to purchase insurance any more than I think owners of private businesses should be forced to disallow smoking.

allhans
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allhans 02/16/12 - 04:54 pm
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I watched a preview argument

I watched a preview argument of Obamacare by SCOTUS today on S-Span.
The plaintiffs were counsel Paul Clement; Pres of the Independent Business Assn Michael Carvin.

The defenders were former ASG for Obama, Neal Katzal; Yale Law Prof Akhil Amar.

Interesting, but not attention grabbing.

faithson
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faithson 02/16/12 - 05:34 pm
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iad1; ' I don't think they

iad1; ' I don't think they should be forced to purchase insurance any more than I think owners of private businesses should be forced to disallow smoking.' The way of the economic world 'demands' the purchase of insurance, you cannot, generally participate without 'insurance'. Lone wolfs aside. There is no playing without paying. All I would suggest is that we somehow, as in the health care bill, attach a 'bill due' at the end of the year, that demands payment, weather you like it or not. MANDATORY Insurance. smoking vs health care seems off.

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socks99 02/16/12 - 06:30 pm
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Ironically, it is the zeal of

Ironically, it is the zeal of Obama and his supporters that represents a real danger to the American Republic. No doubt they do believe in transparency, but they are willing to drop that demand because they believe their work -- like Obamacare -- is critical.

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