Sunday, January 9, 2011

Repealing the Health Care Bill

From the anti-abortion site LifeNews, a clip on Republican plans to repeal the Obama administration's health care bill. I think it's worth noting the reasons stated for opposing this legislation by groups like this, by Republicans, by "Tea Party" spokespersons (according to Guardian reporter Gary Younge, the Tea Party is not as cohesive, organized, and monolithic in it's objectives as we are meant to believe, hence my quotes). They don't all jive, but they do all serve one purpose: the dismantling of reforms that fall far short of what is necessary to solve the health care crisis but at least moved the conversation and legislation somewhat forward.

Who then benefits from the end of this legislation? Republicans. The medical industry. Anti-abortion groups that wish to legislate what decisions women make about their health options. Supporting power, industry and the exercise of denominational medicine on a pluralistic society. Fine objectives.

House Republicans will vote next week to repeal the ObamaCare law that allows abortion-funding and promotes rationing — drawing opposition from pro-life quarters.

Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor announced today that the bill will be posted on the Internet on Monday night, the Rules Committee will meet Thursday to prepare it, and the rules for debate will be considered and receive a vote on Friday. Then, the vote will take place Wednesday, January 12.

“Obamacare is a job killer for businesses small and large, and the top priority for House Republicans is going to be to cut spending and grow the economy and jobs,” Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring said in a statement. “Further, ObamaCare failed to lower costs as the president promised that it would and does not allow people to keep the care they currently have if they like it. That is why the House will repeal it next week.”

Prior to today’s announcement, the new Republican chairman of the panel responsible for starting action on repealing the abortion-funding ObamaCare law says a vote will take place soon.

Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said yesterday that a vote on the repeal legislation and a companion bill to ensure there is no abortion funding under ObamaCare, will take place before President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address later this month.