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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Personal Responsibility: They Voted For Obamacare, But Now They're Sorry?

By Susan Duclos

Now that there is a very public outcry happening across the country, from multiple religious factions over parts of Obamacare that has been dubbed "Obama's war on religion", Democratic Congress members are trying to distance themselves from the very fact that Democrats who controlled The House at the time, the Senate and the White House, passed Obamacare.

They passed Obamacare against the wishes of the majority of Americans in every poll done at the time, against the opposition of all Republican Congress members, and now they are sorry?

They "trusted Obama", they didn't know, and they would have never voted for the health care bill had they known that the Department of Health and Human Services would require all private insurers, including Catholic charities and hospitals, to provide free coverage of contraception, sterilization procedures, and "week-after" pills that can induce early abortions.

Are you freaking kidding me?

Former Democratic congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper said in a press release sent out by Democrats for Life in November:

"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. We worked hard to prevent abortion funding in health care and to include clear conscience protections for those with moral objections to abortion and contraceptive devices that cause abortion. I trust that the President will honor the commitment he made to those of us who supported final passage."

Dahlkemper, who was voted out on her proverbial butt in November of 2010, isn't the only one that voted for the bill and are now regretting it.

As former Democratic congressman Bart Stupak said when the Senate passed Obamacare in December of 2009, "A review of the Senate language indicates a dramatic shift in federal policy that would allow the federal government to subsidize insurance policies with abortion coverage. Further, the segregation of funds to pay for abortion is another departure from current policy prohibiting federal subsidy of abortion coverage."

Stupak, Dahlkemper, and a handful of other Democrats who held back on voting for final passage of Obamacare eventually voted for the exact same language in the Senate bill because the president signed an executive order saying the law wouldn't fund abortions.

But the executive order signed by President Obama did nothing to prevent the subsidized health care exchanges from covering elective abortions.

Some Democratic members of Congress try to excuse the inexcusable by claiming that Nancy Pelosi, who was Speaker of the House at the time, would have "punished" them if they didn't vote for it, others claim they didn't even read every page of the bill before voting for it because they "hire experts" for that type of thing.

Bottom line is they voted for it. Period.

Man up, accept responsibility for your votes and stop trying to justify, excuse or explain.

This battle has just begun because now even liberals and liberal media outlets are speaking out, with some sites such as PolitiSite declaring "If there were any doubt as to whether this administration is waging a war on religion, it should have disappeared by now."

Other headlines include "Obama violated Army Chaplin’s First Amendment Rights."

Obama may have been the one to declare a national war on religion, but he is already losing the public relations war as other religious groups join Catholics in their public outcry, more and more media outlets are stepping up to the plate and speaking out and day by day millions of voters are seeing how Obama is attempting to strip the First Amendment rights away from them.

Furthermore, since I am on a rant, let me point out the hypocrisy of Mitt Romney claiming that Obama's war on religion is a "violation of conscience," when Romneycare did exactly the same thing long before Obamcare was passed into law.

C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, told the Boston Globe that Romney’s criticism of President Obama is hypocritical because as governor he did not lift the state-level requirement of contraception coverage.

“The initial injury to Catholic religious freedom came not from the Obama administration, but from the Romney administration,” Doyle said.

- Conservative and Republican leaning Independents better start understanding, quickly, that voting for Mitt Romney against the other GOP candidates is the same as voting for Obama himself.