Monday, November 9, 2009

Health Care Bill passes in the House Without Abortion

"Washington (CNN) -- The House of Representatives on Saturday night passed a sweeping health care bill by a vote of 220-215. ... Earlier, the House passed an amendment to pending health care legislation that prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option and in the insurance "exchange" the bill would create "

It seems they were not able to get it done without the stupak clause which added verbiage that would exclude abortion services with tax payer dollars. It seems there were just enough Pro-life Democrats who took the stand on this issue and would not vote for it otherwise. (Maybe they were afraid of being voted out?) This is of course only a slight improvement but it's still nowhere near the Bill that I believe most Americans would prefer to see become law.

It's already been said that the Stupak Clause will be removed so who knows how solid it will be in the long run. Even with an exclusion for abortion the bill still does not address Insurance companies ability to sell insurance across the country nor does it address portability. No tort reform, in fact there is anti-tort reform in the restrictions for states who have caps on damages one can receive in health related lawsuits.

Another annoyance is that many of the congressman still had not received copies of the bill by Friday night, so they were being printed. The printed copies were being taken as quick as they could get them out. The printed copies did not include the revisions, so Congressmen who were taking these copies were not even receiving the bill they would eventually vote on.

This leads to the question I think begs to be asked.


Being limited to paper copies seems archaic to me. Do we really have people representing us that need to have a paper copy. This may seem like a petty thing to be upset about, considering the larger implications of the Health Care Bill, but think about it, it's just one more piece of evidence that goes to show our leaders shear inability to relate to the American people.



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