Because of Obama’s promised executive order banning any federal funds for abortions, many anti-abortion Democrats like Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) are now on board and his health care bill will likely pass.
Democrats said they had the 216 votes needed for final passage after the White House won the support of a handful of anti-abortion holdouts with a promise Obama would issue an order reaffirming a ban on using federal funds for abortion.
“This bill is going to go through,” Representative Bart Stupak, the leader of the anti-abortion group, told reporters as he announced the deal with the White House. “We are well past 216.”
Stupak, who was joined at his announcement by six other abortion rights opponents, said he was satisfied Obama’s executive order would ensure current law banning the use of federal funds for abortion would not change under the health care overhaul.
The bill is loaded with subsidies, mandates, and tax increases on many services, turning an 80% state-run medical industry to a nearly 100% state run industry. How can more government involvement in health care fix problems created by that same government?
With its passage, Obama is finally putting his finishing touches on his warfare-welfare state: $1 trillion a year for his militarism and war and $1 trillion a year for this bill.
The horrors of Bismarckian healthcare await the U.S.S.A.
UPDATE: Glenn Greenwald at Salon has a great article about the corruption in this health care bill.
As for the related Obama defense that the way this bill was crafted fulfilled his campaign promises because he said he would include these industries “at the table”: please. It’s true that Obama did say that, and that this clearly meant he intended to try to accommodate some of their concerns so that they didn’t wage jihad against his bill. That’s fair enough. But it’s also true that he repeatedly railed against the Washington practice of crafting bills by negotiating in secret with lobbyists and industry interests, and his whole I’ll-put-these-negotations-on-C-SPAN promise was specifically designed, he said, to prevent a health care bill from being negotiated based on secret deals with the health care and pharmaceutical industries.
But that’s exactly how he ended up negotiating this bill — using the exact secret processes that he railed against and which he swore he would banish. It was only because The Huffington Post‘s Ryan Grim uncovered the secret memo-deal the White House had entered into with PhRMA — a deal they had publicly denied until then and until PhRMA demanded they publicly affirm it — did we know that the administration had agreed to oppose drug re-importation and bulk price negotiations, measures Obama (and the Democrats generally) repeatedly promised to enact.
Although Obama attacks insurance companies in his speeches, his actions speak louder than words. Nearly every single industry associated with medicine is now more closely tied to the state, a dangerously corporatist and centralized system.