Former Democratic congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper, a Catholic from Erie, Pennsylvania, cast a crucial vote in favor of Obamacare in 2010. She lost her seat that November in part because of her controversial support of Obamacare. But Dahlkemper said recently that she would have never voted for the health care bill had she 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 the "week-after" pill "ella" that can induce early abortions.
Oh my G-d. Anybody remember that old chestnut "read the bill" we on the right kept throwing out there?
Oh, that's right, we were told that was a stupid argument.
"Who could possible read a 1,000 page bill?"
"Okay, why does it have to be 1,000 #$%!-ing pages??"
"Shut up you racist!"
And with that, we got Obamacare.
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.
Now some may argue what the Obama Administration is doing now is executive action that's not in the bill, so reading it wouldn't have mattered in Dahlkemper's case. If we accept that, it means she's a bigger fool than previously thought. What did she think an ideologue like Obama would do in the end?
Everything, and I mean everything that's was argued by the opponents of Obamacare has come true. Sadly, we have to pray that Anthony Kennedy bails us out. A serious lack of cojones in D.C. will prevent it from ever being completely overturned.