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“President Palin Today Eliminated Abortion Coverage From The Basic Benefits Plan…”

posted by swaldman

Pro-life activists have opposed the current heatlh care bills in part because they would seem to leave the determination of what might be in a basic benefits package, for a public plan, up to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
To pro-lifers, this is proof that these bills all-but guarantee that abortion is covered. After all, the President and the current HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, are both pro-choice. Maybe there are even some pro-choicers who privately believe the same thing.
I just want to point out, to both sides, that this cuts both ways.
A warning to prochoicers: If you write a bill that basically leaves it up to the Secretary of HHS to determine whether abortion is a basic benefit, then it’s likely that the President Palin could — through executive order, not legislation — reverse the decision.
A warning to prolifers: if you insist that the power be taken out of the Secretary’s hand, and codified in law, the decision will be made by Congress. That might seem like a good idea now that you have a pro-choice president but may not seem like such a good idea when a pro-life President finds himself or herself unable to influence the benefits package.



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Mary

posted August 14, 2009 at 7:03 pm


There is no President Palin. There will never be a President Palin. There will only be illiterate, gun-toting, uneducated idiots who follow Palin. Palin is a nothing. A nobody. A brainless twit..twat…twitterer, whatever, who totes a poor, helpless retarded child, and hails him to the world as the “prototype” of what can be under her “rule”.
HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
Vote on Sarahtards.



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Wayne

posted August 14, 2009 at 9:43 pm


Sarah Palin is nothing more than a high-heeled version of George Wallace, with all the ugliness of her racist supporters.



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Ellie Dee

posted August 15, 2009 at 9:56 am


Dear Steve,
What was your reason for “Presdent Palin”, if not to cause those who dislike her to vent their hate? Not one person added to your premise. Personally after reading it, I still dont get your point?



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Charlie

posted August 15, 2009 at 2:17 pm


In President Palins 2nd term she will reverse many of the wrong headed decisions made by the current regime.



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Your Name

posted August 15, 2009 at 2:31 pm


Pretty cool that Sarah mentions the death panel(pp425-429) on her FACEBOOK page and gets it dropped in 2 days! She might NOT be prez or a senator, or even a rep, but her power is amazing! She represents what we Christian Americans desire, and although her action corrects the culture of death toward our elders, I expect her to battle for our babies next…we’ll have to wait and see, how God blesses her despite the Marxist admin trespassing in our White House. Can’t wait to see how Sarah repairs the destruction on our country they inflict, as she nurtures us back to thriving health with God’s grace and for HIS glory…just can’t lose with a great lady like that! Helen, delighted to be called Christian sister to Sarah



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Ellie Dee

posted August 15, 2009 at 3:33 pm


Dear Steve,
I now understand the position you have highlighted.. If not provision is put into the bill reqarding abortions, than what is used as an existing Medically approved practice, would be the norm. thanks



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Tim

posted August 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm


Why does any thinking person pay any attention to Sarah Palin? Yes, she was the VP candidate of the GOP. But she proved in the campaign, and in every public appearance since, that she is an intellectual lightweight. She is the new George W. Bush — the radical right’s latest puppet-stooge who will do and say anything if it will get her ahead. God knows she’d never make it on her own merits.



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Henrietta22

posted August 16, 2009 at 5:41 pm


You are using President Palin, (ow! it hurts to type those words even) as a joke because the Pro-life likes her, but they would like Minney Mouse if the mouse agreed with them. Senator McCaskill has stated emphatically that abortion is not mentioned in the health reform plans. Faith is a gift, and I believe McCaskill and our President.



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Your Name

posted August 16, 2009 at 11:54 pm


You are fortelling the future without knowing it. There will be a President Palin. We need someone to protect our republic. That happens to be Palin at this time. Look around you at all these people fighting to be heard. They are not all republicans. Even democrats know when our country is in trouble will its present leader. So sad, I really wished the best for Obama but he has no, no, no experience. What, only a few months as senator! Tell me, how can you put a new engineer in a position of a president of a company. For real, I don’t care if Obama is democrat or republican, he just does not have the experience necessary. point blank!



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Richard Clark

posted August 17, 2009 at 10:07 am


Your Name, and you think Palin has experience??? LOL!!! God help this country if Palin ever becomes president. Her right-wing populist support will be morphing into fascism.
Steve Waldman, I see you’re still obessed with the abortion issue, with about 90% of your Blogs being about it.



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Katie Angel

posted August 17, 2009 at 10:12 am


I certainly hope we don’t dismiss the end of life counseling option from the bill. How we choose to leave this life is just as important as how we enter it and how we live it. This has nothing to do with money but with quality of life. I have the Medical Power of Attorney for my parents and I have made sure that I know EXACTLY what they want to have done (or not done) for them with relationship to end of life issues. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t have a child who spent many years in the medical field and is “up” on things like Living Wills and DPOW-M and so they don’t know that they have options about how much and what care they want in the case of a terminal illness or a failing body. I thank God that I have been able to arrange these things with my parents – although it will be hard to make those decisions, if the time comes, I am so glad that we have talked and I KNOW what they want, rather than having to guess.
Anyone who believes the scare tactics that are being spewed out by the rabid partisans – the people who agree that “bringing down Obama” is their only priority – should be ashamed of themselves. There are enough real issues that need to be addressed in this bill – we don’t need to create false bogeymen to frighten us.



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Jim

posted August 17, 2009 at 1:09 pm


I am pro-life. However, I don’t get your dilemna. The Congress should be the one to make the decision regarding the use of federal dollars to pay for abortions. In our system, the Congress controls the purse, not the President.
Likewise, in determining whether abortion is illegal or not, it is Congress (or state legislatures) who should decide, not the executive or courts.



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Husband

posted August 19, 2009 at 5:13 pm


“She represents what we Christian Americans desire”
What – LIES? Deceipt? Ignorance? Fear-mongering? Inarticulateness? Under-qualified? Smarm? Indulging in sex before marriage? Non-literate? No policies?
Jeez Louise you “christian Americans” have low standards.



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Husband

posted August 19, 2009 at 5:17 pm


Ellie Dee,
“What was your reason for “Presdent Palin”
For those on the right who cannot read and understand at the same time, Steve’s scenario is merely to highlight that what one President can put in, another could take out. It wasn’t that difficult to figure out.



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Husband

posted August 19, 2009 at 5:23 pm


Dear Your Name (aka anonymous coward),
“Pretty cool that Sarah mentions the death panel(pp425-429) on her FACEBOOK page and gets it dropped in 2 days!”
“It” was never there in the first place. The section on optional, paid-for, end-of-life counselling was put in the proposed bill by a Republican, and he says you (and the mistake you made) are (and I quote) “nuts”.
And I agree.



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RonInIrvine

posted August 26, 2009 at 7:29 am


ObamaCare is not going to pass. It is too expensive and will drive the US further into debt. Plus, HR 3200 is fundamentally unconstitutional. Without doubt, the bill would be challenged in court. The government does not have the right to put private insurers out of business but that is exactly what pages 16-17 do.
Regarding the death panels, you all must not know who is advising Obama. Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Rahm Emanuel, is health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. Emanuel says medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens… An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia” (Hastings Center Report, Nov.-Dec. ’96). Emanuel believes age discrimination is acceptable. Sarah Palin was right.
Dr. David Blumenthal, another key Obama adviser, recommends slowing medical innovation to control health spending. Blumenthal has long advocated government health-spending controls, though he concedes they’re “associated with longer waits” and “reduced availability of new and expensive treatments and devices” (New England Journal of Medicine, March 8, 2001). I for one, am proud of our medical innovations. It is one strong spot in our weak economy. And relieving people of their pain is very Christlike. Of all the thousands of doctors he could have chosen as advisors, Obama picked Ezekiel Emanuel and David Blumenthal. Pray for Obama to repent or fail!



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