Democrats Outline Two-Step Method: New Approach to Pro-Abortion Health Care
by Steven Ertelt
January 28, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — In response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Wednesday night, top Democrats today outlined a new two-step approach to approving a government-run health care bill. The hope to approve smaller bills that are more popular and then move to the massive pro-abortion bill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised today that Congress will approve a health care bill while Speaker Nancy Pelosi outlined the two-step plan.
Pelosi said Congress "must take whatever time it takes" but explained how the House and Senate would likely tackle smaller bills to promote parts of the government-run health care bill.
The bills themselves could come packed with abortion funding if language similar to the Hyde or Stupak Amendment is not included.
Pelosi said the bills were meant to give momentum to the final legislation and not be a replacement for it.
"That doesn’t mean that it is a substitute for doing comprehensive" legislation, Pelosi said. "It means we will move on many fronts, any front we can."
Pelosi would not say which provisions of the main bill would be floated as stand-along legislation but she said "they can move quickly."
There is some question whether the Senate can approve the bills because Democrats no longer have their supermajority that can stop a filibuster against the legislation.
While Democrats work on passing these smaller bills, Pelosi promised that negotiations would continue on the pro-abortion health care bill. She said big changes are expected to get the votes to move it forward, but curbing abortion funding is not expected to be one of them.
"We’re not talking about minor tweaks," Pelosi said.
House Minority Leader John Boehner responded to the new plan saying Democrats should scrap the bills and start over — instead they "are trying to shove down the throats of the American people."
Leading pro-life organizations have warned pro-advocates not to grow complacent about the status of the pro-abortion health care bill.
National Right to Life legislative director Douglas Johnson said earleir this week that pro-life advocates should be careful to come to the conclusion that it is dead — because that’s not so.
"This is no time to relax: Each member of the House should be urged to oppose the Senate-passed health bill (H.R. 3590) because of the provisions that would result in abortion mandates and abortion subsidies," he said.
"It is especially important that House Democrats who voted for the Stupak-Pitts Amendment on November 7, 2009, hear from constituents in opposition to the Senate bill," he added.
Johnson said the "legislative situation may change rapidly" — thus, today’s stalling could turn into action next week if Democrats formulate a gameplan.
"The White House hopes to lull opponents of Obamacare into complacency," he added. "No one should be lulled, because on 24 hours notice, House Speaker Pelosi could and would bring the really awful Senate bill to a vote on the House floor, if she could just find the votes to pass it."
"Many powerful interest groups, including major labor unions, are continuing to demand action. So this is a time for those who oppose enactment of sweeping pro-abortion, pro-rationing legislation to redouble their efforts," he told LifeNews.com.
Related web sites:
NRLC letter on problems with Senate health care bill –
National Right to Life – https://www.NRLC.org
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