Democrats Run Away From Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill As Election Hopes Fade

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 6, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Democrats Run Away From Pro-Abortion Health Care Bill As Election Hopes Fade

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 6
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — With the national fortunes of Democrats fading in the November elections thanks to President Barack Obama’s poor performance and an American public opposed to the pro-abortion, government-run health care bill Congress approved, some of the 34 who voted against the measure are running from it.

The group also includes one prominent pro-abortion lawmaker who supported the measure backing away from it.

A new Politico story today indicates five of the 34 Democrats are running ads highlighting their no vote and no member of the House appears to be running an ad talking about their support for the controversial legislation.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is in the race of his life for his Nevada Senate seat against pro-life candidate Sharron Angle, is the last Democrat to have run a pro-health care bill ad and that came back in April.

Rep. Glenn Nye, an abortion advocate from Virginia, is running an ad talking about how he voted against the bill “because it cost too much.”

And pro-abortion Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota, says in her own commercial she voted against “all the bailouts and the trillion dollar health care plan” because “it wasn’t right for South Dakota," according to Politico.

Rep. Jason Altmire, a Pennsylvania abortion advocate, quotes constituents who say in his campaign ad, “I like that Jason Altmire is not afraid to stand up to the president … and Nancy Pelosi.”

Pro-abortion Rep. Frank Kratovil of Maryland has an ad stressing he voted against the health care bill and Rep. Bobby Bright of Alabama, who is pro-life, talks about how he vote against “massive government health care.”

Meanwhile, Oregon senator Ron Wyden sent a letter to Oregon health authority director Bruce Goldberg to seek a waiver from some of the rules in the government-run health care bill, specifically the individual mandate that Americans purchase health insurance that may cover abortions.

Wyden wrote: "Because you and I believe that the heart of real health reform is affordability and not mandates, I wanted to bring this feature of Section 1332 to the attention of you and the legislature."

The Wall Street Journal responded, "Now, that’s news. One of the Democratic Party’s leading experts on health care wants his state to dump the individual mandate that is among ObamaCare’s core features."

"The U-turn is especially notable because Mr. Wyden once championed an individual mandate in the bill he sponsored," the newspaper noted. "Wyden is running for re-election this year. And while he is now well ahead of GOP challenger Jim Huffman, in a year like this one he has cause to avoid becoming Barbara Boxer or Patty Murray, who may lose because they’ve remained liberals from MSNBC central casting."

One Democratic aide told Politico the party is not upset by its members running away from the health care restructuring bill.

“We have a big tent party, and we’re going to have a lot of districts that don’t necessarily agree on all the issues,” said the aide. “There’s no one in leadership who takes anything personally about these ads.”

“If you’re going to vote against the health care bill, if you’re going to vote against the recovery act, if you’re going to vote against the energy bill, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense not to highlight that,” the aide said. “There’s a reason you did it.”

Although Democratic leaders said the popularity of the health care bill would increase, which contains massive abortion funding that pro-life advocates had to stop in three states already, polling data shows it has not caught on with the American people.

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll released last Tuesday showed support dropped sharply in August.

The Kaiser poll has support for the pro-abortion government-run health care program dropping 7 percent to just 43 percent. Opposition rose 10 percentage points to 45 percent — the weakest showing for ObamaCare since Kaiser’s poll in May.


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