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Monday
Nov232009

NRLC to Obama and Reid: Bring on the abortion debate 

National Right to Life to Obama and Reid:

You wanted debate?  Now you'll get debate – on government-funded abortion.

WASHINGTON (November 21, 2009) --  The U.S. Senate tonight barely cleared an initial 60-vote procedural hurdle, setting the stage for a 2,074-page health care bill, crafted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.), to move forward to debate before the full Senate.  The following statement was issued by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in all 50 states, and may be attributed to NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson.

As National Right to Life has previously noted, Senator Reid's bill [on page 118] would authorize the federal government to pay for any and all abortions through a huge new federal health insurance program, the "public option," and also to subsidize purchase of private plans that cover abortion on demand.  President Obama and Reid know that the substance of these abortion-promoting policies is deeply unpopular, so they seek to conceal the reality with layers of contorted definitions and money-laundering schemes.

Obama and Reid wanted debate – so now they’ll get debate, on their cloaked provisions that would cover abortion on demand in proposed new government-run and government-subsidized insurance plans.

Obama and Reid are seeking to block enactment of the bipartisan Stupak-Pitts compromise, adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives on November 7 by a vote of 240-194. This amendment would prevent government funding of elective abortion through the proposed “public option," and would also prevent federal subsidies from paying for private insurance plans that cover elective abortion.  

During the weeks ahead, National Right to Life will continue to fight the efforts of President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders to cover abortion on demand in two huge new federal health programs.  The Senate bill faces additional 60-vote hurdles in the future.  Moreover, a courageous group of pro-life Democrats in the House of Representatives will oppose final approval of health care legislation if the Stupak-Pitts Amendment is gutted or removed.

For extensive further documentation on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment and other aspects of the issue, visit the NRLC website at www.nrlc.org/ahc.

Both NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson and Senior Legislative Counsel Susan T. Muskett are available to provide further comment and analysis on the Stupak-Pitts Amendment and the abortion provisions in the Reid bill.  To arrange an interview, contact the NRLC Communications Department at (202) 626-8825 or (202) 423-3329 (mobile).

The National Right to Life Committee, the nation’s largest pro-life group, is a federation of affiliates in all 50 states and 3,000 local chapters nationwide.  National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Monday
Nov232009

NHDP Chair Issues Statement Praising the Senate's Decision to Open Debate on Historic Health Insurance Reform

Judd Gregg And Republican "Party Of NO" try to stop discussion of health insurance reform in the Senate


Concord - Tonight, New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen joined her Democratic colleagues and voted to open debate on legislation that would extend coverage to 31 million Americans, including 143,000 Granite State citizens.  Senator Judd Gregg voted against continuing the discussion of health insurance reform legislation in the Senate.  Instead of standing with his constituents, Senator Gregg chose to stand with the Republican 'Party of NO,' which is offering no real alternatives and no real solutions.

"Tonight, the Senate took an important next step in passing legislation that would provide the meaningful health insurance reform our state and country desperately needs.  

"In the Granite State alone, over 143,000 people are uninsured and thousands more are struggling with costs that are spiraling out of control.  Families, businesses, and local governments can no longer bare the burden of these rising health care costs.

"I'm proud that New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen voted to move this historic legislation forward.  But unfortunately, Senator Judd Gregg chose to put health insurance companies ahead of the people of the Granite State. By voting to stop debate on health insurance reform legislation, Senator Gregg has proven that he is more interested in playing politics than coming up with solutions for New Hampshire.

Monday
Nov232009

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS...95 PRO-ABORTION CATHOLICS

Mail: John O’Gorman, 30 Myrtle Avenue, Winthrop, MA 02152, USA for forwarding. PH/FAX: 617 846 2983
Please distribute this flyer freely by photocopy, fax and e-mail.  Donations welcome.  God bless you.  20/Nov/2009

 

95/158 (60%) CATHOLICS IN CONGRESS ARE PRO-ABORTION - JESUIT ALUMNAE WORSE! *
CATHOLICS, 22% OF THE POPULATION, HAVE 30% OF SEATS IN CONGRESS

70 (44%) HAVE 0% NRLC VOTING RECORDS: AK Sen Mark Begich. AZ Reps Raul Grijalva, Ed Pastor. CA Reps Xavier Becerra, Anna Eshoo, Jerry McNerney, George Miller, Grace Napolitano, Nancy Pelosi (Speaker), Lucille Roybal-Allard, Linda Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez, Jackie Speier, Mike Thompson, Diane Watson. CT Reps Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro, John Larson; Sen Chris Dodd. DE Sen Ted Kaufman. IA Sen Tom Harkin. IL Reps Luis Gutierrez, Phil Hare, Mike Quigley; Sen Dick Durbin (Asst. Maj. Leader). IN Rep Peter Visclosky. MA Reps Mike Capuano - candidate U.S. Senate, Bill Delahunt, Ed Markey, Jim McGovern. MD Sen Barbara Mikulski. MN Rep Betty McCollum. MO Rep William Clay; Sen Claire McCaskill. NH Rep Carol Shea-Porter. NJ Reps Frank Pallone, Bill Pascrell, Albio Sires; Sen Bob Menendez. NM Rep Ben Lujan. NY Reps Mike Arcuri, Tim Bishop, Joe Crowley, John Hall, Brian Higgins, Maurice Hinchey, Dan Maffei, Carolyn McCarthy, Mike McMahon, Bill Owens, Charles Rangel, Jose Serrano, Paul Tonko, Nydia Velazquez; Sen Kirsten Gillibrand. OH Rep Mary Jo Kilroy. OR Rep Peter DeFazio. PA Reps Bob Brady, Patrick Murphy, Joe Sestak. RI Rep Patrick Kennedy; Sen Jack Reed. TX Reps Charles Gonzalez, Ruben Hinojosa. VA Reps Gerry Connolly, Jim Moran. VT Rep Peter Welch; Sen Pat Leahy. WA Sens Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray. 
25 (16%) HAVE 10% TO 33% RECORDS: AZ Reps Ann Kirkpatrick 25%, Harry Mitchell 10%. CA Reps Joe Baca 10%, Dennis Cardoza 10%, Jim Costa 10%. CO Rep John Salazar 10%. DE Rep Michael Castle (R) 10%. MA Reps Stephen Lynch 10%, Richard Neal 10%; Sen John Kerry 10%. ME Rep Michael Michaud (10)%; Sen Susan Collins (R) 10%. MI Rep John Dingell 10%. OH Reps Dennis Kucinich 10%, Tim Ryan (13%). PA Reps Chris Carney 30%, Mike Doyle 20%, Paul Kanjorski 30%, John Murtha 30%. RI Rep Jim Langevin 10%. TX Reps Henry Cuellar 20%, Silvestre Reyes 10%, Ciro Rodriguez 10%. VA RepTom Perriello 25%. WI Rep David Obey 10%. Republicans (R), others Democrats. All 19 New England Catholics in Congress are Pro-Abortion!

12 (8%) HAVE 34% TO 67% MIXED RECORDS: AK Sen Lisa Murkowski (R) 50%. LA Sen Mary Landrieu 50%. MI Reps Dale Kildee 40%, Bart Stupak 60%. MN Rep James Oberstar 60%. NJ Rep Leonard Lance (R) 50%. OH Reps John Boccieri 50%, Steve Driehaus 50%, Marcy Kaptur 40%. PA Reps Jason Altmire 40%, Tim Holden 38%; Sen Bob Casey Jr. 60% - who endorsed Obama!

14 (9%) HAVE 68% TO 90% RECORDS: CA Rep Brian Bilbray (R) 70%. FL Rep Ginny Brown-Waite (R) 70%, Connie Mack (R) 80%. GA Rep Jim Marshall 89%. IL Reps Jerry Costello 90%, Dan Lipinski 70%. IN Reps Joe Donnelly 80%, Brad Ellsworth 90%. LA Rep Charlie Melancon 70%. MS Rep Gene Taylor 90%. NC Rep Walter Jones (R) 90%. NJ Reps Frank LoBiondo (R) 90%, Chris Smith (R) 90%. OH Rep Charlie Wilson 70%.      
35 (22%) HAVE 100% RECORDS: CA Reps Dan Lungren (R), Devin Nunes (R), George Radanovich (R), Ed Royce (R), FL Reps Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R), Mario Diaz-Balart (R), Tom Rooney (R). GA Rep Phil Gingrey (R). IA Rep Steve King (R). ID Sen Jim Risch (R). KS Sen Sam Brownback (R) - who endorsed Pro-Abortion Kathleen Sebelius for Sec. of Health & Human Services! KY Sen Jim Bunning (R).  LA Reps Anh “Joseph” Cao (R), Steve Scalise (R); Sen David Vitter (R). MI Reps Dave Camp (R), Thaddeus McCotter (R). MO Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R). NC Reps Virginia Foxx (R), Patrick McHenry (R). NE Rep Jeff Fortenberry (R); Sen Mike Johanns (R).  NY Rep Peter King (R). OH Reps Steve Austria (R), John Boehner (R) (House Minority Leader), Bob Latta (R), Jean Schmidt (R), Patrick Tiberi (R); Sen George Voinovich (R). OK Rep John Sullivan (R). PA Reps Kathy Dahlkemper, Tim Murphy (R). TX Reps Kevin Brady (R), Michael McCaul (R). WI Rep Paul Ryan (R). 2 NEW: George LeMieux (R) replaced FL Sen Mel Martinez (R) (100% NRLC) on 10/Sep/09. Paul Kirk replaced MA Sen Ted Kennedy on 25/Sep/09.

DEMOCRATS:  93 (82%) PRO-ABORTION CATHOLICS AND 9 (8%) PRO-LIFE: 10 TO 1  (10 MIXED, 1 NEW, TOTAL 113)

REPUBLICANS: 2 (4%) PRO-ABORTION CATHOLICS AND 40 (89%) PRO-LIFE: 1 TO 20 (2 MIXED, 1 NEW, TOTAL  45)

* SUMMARY: 95 (60%) PRO-ABORTION CATHOLICS OUTNUMBER THE 49 (31%) PRO-LIFE 2 TO 1. 

* JESUIT CATHOLIC ALUMNAE (ITALICISED): 20 (63%) PRO-ABORTION OUTNUMBER THE 10 (31%) PRO-LIFE 2 TO 1.

SOURCES: AMERICAN LIFE LEAGUE - ALL.ORG,  NATIONAL RIGHT TO LIFE - NRLC.ORG,  JESUITS - ACJUNET.EDU

OTHER PRO-ABORTION, PRO-GAY CATHOLIC POLS
OBAMA’S PRO-ABORTION TEAM:  VP Joe Biden, Sec. of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sibelius (was KS Gov), Sec. of the Interior Ken Salazar (was CO Sen),  Sec. of Labor Hilda Solis (was CA Rep), Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (IA).
CA
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), pro-abortion, pro gay marriage; San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom champions gay marriage. CO Gov. Bill Ritter is pro-abortion. MA Lt. Gov. Tim Murray is for gay marriage; State Sen. Pres. Therese Murray, Sens Brian Joyce, Steven Tolman (AOH), have top Planned Parenthood ratings, and voted to defeat the measure to put traditional marriage on the ’08 ballot; AG Martha Coakley is Pro-Abortion, Pro-Gay candidate for U.S. Senate. NM Gov. Bill Richardson, pro-abortion. UT Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon, pro-abortion, pro-gay. VA Gov. Tim Kaine, Democratic Nat. Committee Chairman, pro-abortion.

JOHN F. KENNEDY, A CELEBRATED KNIGHT OF COLUMBUS; SENATOR EDWARD KENNEDY
JFK, pro-contraceptives, said in his 1960 Houston Speech, that he would not take directions from the Catholic Church, that he was opposed to public funding of church schools, and opposed to establishing diplomatic relations with the Vatican (JFKLibrary.org).
Sen Edward Kennedy, pro-abortion, pro-gay, had an NRLC voting record of 14% in 2007-2008. His record is 4% from 1997 to 2008.

ISSUED BY JOHN O’GORMAN, 30 MYRTLE AVE., WINTHROP, MA 02152. DONATIONS WELCOME. P/F: 617 846 2983. 20/NOV/09

 

Monday
Nov232009

DNC - Keene Sentinel: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants you to love the current health insurance system 

KEY POINTS: So, what is the health care system that the U.S. Chamber is so devoted to preserving intact?

A system in which small businesses are all but crushed under the cost of providing coverage for employees, who are nonetheless always just a pink slip or serious illness away from health care destitution.

A system where the insured are forced to pay increasingly large premiums, an expanding share of their own medical expenses and subsidies to care for those who are not insured.

A system in which private insurance is so ruinously expensive and callously administrated that between 45 million and 50 million Americans have no coverage at all, including people with so-called pre-existing conditions who are refused the right to buy insurance.

...

But the champions of the status quo nixed universal health insurance when Harry Truman proposed it in the early 1950s. They did it when Richard Nixon proposed health insurance reform 20 years later. They did it when Bill Clinton tried 20 years after that. And they are working mightily again today to crush another effort. We should all bear that in mind whenever that gravelly voiced TV guy and his colleagues open their well paid mouths.

http://www.keenesentinel.com/articles/2009/11/21/opinion/sentinel_editorial/free/id_379814.txt

SENTINEL EDITORIAL: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants you to love the current health insurance system

 
Published: Saturday, November 21, 2009

There’s that voice on TV again. It’s a raspy voice, mature and serious, the voice of a talented announcer generally associated with Republican campaign commercials. This time he’s warning us about reforming the nation’s health insurance system. Reform will drive up health care costs, he says, and make a shaky economy worse. “Call Congress,” he urges. “Tell them the new health care bill is a bill America can’t afford to pay.”

This series of commercials is paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an organization that once was known in the past to play a constructive role in public affairs. This time, in a bit of cart-before-the-horse flimflam, the chamber has sent an e-mail to other business organizations asking for help hiring a “respected economist” to conduct a $50,000 study that would conclude that health care reform “will kill jobs and hurt the economy.”

The ads are a scare tactic, of course, part of a wave of special interest commercials seeking to preserve the grip of private health insurance on our economy and our lives. Someday we’ll laugh about this latest melodramatic assault, just as we shake our heads today over the fact that so many people were duped by the pharmaceutical industry’s Harry and Louise ads the last time reform was proposed.

Meanwhile, we are witnessing another expensive and potentially effective campaign to scuttle reforms that would assure access to health care for all Americans. The effort takes many forms.

There are the earnest op-eds and speeches of thoughtful conservatives, such as New Hampshire’s senior U.S. senator, Judd Gregg. These people have ideological objections to government intervention in health care. They would prefer libertarian nostrums that, even if reasonable, will never see the light of day in Congress. Bringing them up at this time serves only to sidetrack real reform. They must know this.

There are the political and media zealots intent on thwarting an initiative associated with President Barack Obama. They include Sarah Palin and her “death panels” claptrap. And they include House Minority Leader John Boehner, who came to New Hampshire the other day to pledge his continued opposition to health care reform, which he said is “the greatest threat to freedom that I’ve seen in the 19 years I’ve been in Washington.” That’s what he said.


u And now there are people and institutions attempting to kill health care reform by turning it into a debate over abortion.

Back to those TV ads. The Associated Press says opponents of reform are outspending supporters 2 to 1. Dozens of institutional players are involved. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has spent $24 million on its commercials during the past month alone.

The chambers of commerce in Brattleboro, Keene and Peterborough aren’t part of the vicious campaign. They don’t belong to the U.S. Chamber, mainly because of its partisan proclivities. In interviews, executives with each organization said they don’t take public stands on national issues. “That’s not what we’re about,” said Thomas Dowling, head of the Keene chamber.

So, what is the health care system that the U.S. Chamber is so devoted to preserving intact?

A system in which small businesses are all but crushed under the cost of providing coverage for employees, who are nonetheless always just a pink slip or serious illness away from health care destitution.

A system where the insured are forced to pay increasingly large premiums, an expanding share of their own medical expenses and subsidies to care for those who are not insured.

A system in which private insurance is so ruinously expensive and callously administrated that between 45 million and 50 million Americans have no coverage at all, including people with so-called pre-existing conditions who are refused the right to buy insurance.

Given this sorry situation, unique among western democracies, it takes a great deal of special interest resources to stamp out efforts at reform. We have established Social Security and health care for seniors, both highly popular and effective programs, although periodically in need of structural modifications.

But the champions of the status quo nixed universal health insurance when Harry Truman proposed it in the early 1950s. They did it when Richard Nixon proposed health insurance reform 20 years later. They did it when Bill Clinton tried 20 years after that. And they are working mightily again today to crush another effort. We should all bear that in mind whenever that gravelly voiced TV guy and his colleagues open their well paid mouths.

Monday
Nov232009

Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

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