Years from now your children’s children will gather at your feet as you sit in your rocker by the fire.
“Grandpa,” They will ask, “What did you do in the abortion wars?”
You will look off, with a small smile, “I fought for Life…”
Charmaine sends this along to some 500,000 of her closest friends. If you wish to join this small, intimate tribe of pro-life warriors in the abortion war sign-up here. Americans United for Life is the legal arm of the pro-life movement.
New Senate “Deal” = a $12 Abortion Tax on Unwilling Americans
It was just after 1 AM this morning when the US Senate voted to proceed with a massive takeover of health care that will result in a new mandatory ‘abortion tax’ on people across America.
As you may know, the new health care bill will create new government “exchanges” where individuals and employers can shop for health care plans. Many of these plans will cover abortions and those plans will be subsidized with taxpayer funds for the first time in American history.
This will create the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade, and you will be forced to pay for it.
So what’s next? There will be a series of votes on this bill over the next several days culminating with a final vote expected at about 7pm on Christmas Eve. Please continue to call or email your Senators about this health care bill. Since many of them will be in your home state during the next week, a personal visit would be even better.
Remember, even if the Senate does pass the bill on Christmas Eve, the fight isn’t over yet.
After the first of the year, the Senate and House will have to go to conference committee and work out the differences between the two different bills each chamber has passed. Once a final version is produced, it must be passed again in both the House and Senate before it can go to the President’s desk for signature. Click here to get the details.
We will draw a final line in the sand, and together we can still defeat this bill.
Like you, for weeks now I’ve been looking forward to spending these next few days with my husband Jack, our five children, and many other family members. But we will not stand aside while the fight for life continues. Thank you for everything you have done so far and for standing with us in the days ahead.
Senator Hatch reads Americans United for Life Action’s Score Letter about Abortion in Health Care, by Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.. A “score” is the report card used by non-profits to grade politicians on each vote. Watch the short video:
Charmaine will be appearing on the 700 Club tomorrow discussing abortion and healthcare.
(What an odd juxtaposition of words: Abortion — Healthcare; ‘abortion’ takes the life of a baby and ‘healthcare’ preserves life.) (Except in ObamaCare where there is denial-of-care for newborns and, now, the elderly.)
As Your Business Blogger(R) tells my students, “The best indication of future performance…is past performance.”
Shall or May. In crafting legislation, policy and procedure my two little buddies could dictate or suggest.
Directive or suggestive.
“Shall” was not the first word in a question. ‘Shall’ did not ask, did not seek permission, did not offer options. ‘Shall’ is not squeeshy legalese.
Shall would appear as an ordinary word. But it is not. It is SHALL. It is the Scriptural equivalent of the GREAT I AM.
‘SHALL’ shall not be disobeyed. It meant that the text which follows ‘Shall’ directs that ITS WILL WILL BE DONE.
“Shall” indicated that an action was to be followed. Concrete Action.
‘May’ was a sandy suggestion. An option. An idea whose time may or may not have come.
Whole government departments and the livelihoods of 100′s of thousands of (expensive) bureaucrats hinged on ‘shall’ and ‘may.’
That dreaded word SHALL is back-
Under Obama’s Health Care proposal. Gary Bauer sends this along,
“Obama’s Death Panel”
Sarah Palin is making headlines again, this time by expressing her views on the national debate over healthcare reform. In a Facebook blog entry, Palin wrote, “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.” I think it’s clear where she stands!
Over the weekend, Washington Post columnist Charles Lane explored the legislation at the root of this particularly controversial aspect of healthcare reform — Section 1233 on end-of-life decisions. Here are some excerpts of his column:
“…at least as I read it, Section 1233 is not totally innocuous. …Section 1233, however, addresses compassionate goals in disconcerting proximity to fiscal ones. …If it’s all about obviating suffering, emotional or physical, what’s it doing in a measure to ‘bend the curve’ on health-care costs? “…the [end-of-life] consultations envisioned in Section 1233 aren’t quite ‘purely voluntary,’… Section 1233, however, lets doctors initiate the chat and gives them an incentive — money — to do so. Indeed, that’s an incentive to insist. …
“What’s more, Section 1233 dictates, at some length, the content of the consultation.
The doctor ‘shall’ [SHALL] discuss ‘advanced care planning, including key questions and considerations, important steps, and suggested people to talk to’; … and ‘a list of national and State-specific resources to assist consumers and their families.’
…Who belongs on ‘a list’ of helpful ‘resources’? The Roman Catholic Church? Jack Kevorkian?”
Lotsa power in SHALL. That’s why “Congress shall make no law…” is so popular.
Lotsa liberty lost in SHALL.
Shall will soon dominate all our lives if Obama has his “health care” way.
A few decades ago I had a boss who demanded that I brush my teeth. Another supervisor from the same organization didn’t like my haircut. Or how my shirt was starched. Another manager monitored my weight.
What organization can make those demands?
A Fortune 500?
FOX Cable News?
No. The US Army. Only the very large government organization could make and enforce these demands.
The Army was providing my (free) dental care and demanded that I sit thru tooth maintenance classes.
The Army was providing my (free) health care and demanded that my weight be within government prescribed limits.
That was the deal: The country would would give me all I needed; I would give all.
There was not much Freedom for the Fighters for Freedom.
Here is the deal of ObamaCare: You will be given all: Obama will take all.
Obama will deny care to the elderly to accommodate the 50 million new people added to the health care system. Who will get in line to demand their “free health care.”
But Obama will limit resources to fulfill this vast increase in demand.
ObamaCare will deny health care to our elderly patients. No hip replacement for mom…
Alert Reader Larry C. sends the following,
The following is a brief outline of this bill put together by Mat Staver of the Freedom Foundation and Liberty Counsel (contact info is at the end). The comments by the brief are Mat’s,
Obama Health Care Plan Details
HR 3200 currently under consideration in the House of Representatives
Pg 22 of the HC Bill MANDATES the Govt will audit the books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!
Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill – THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get
Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill – YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!
Pg 42 of HC Bill – The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your benefits for you. You have no choice!
Pg 50 Section 152 in HC bill – HC will be provided to ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise
Pg 58HC Bill – Gov’t will have real-time access to individual’s finances & a National ID Health care card will be issued!
Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 Govt will have direct access to your banks accts for electronic funds transfer.
Pg 65 Sec 164 is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions & community orgs (ACORN).
Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Govt is creating an HC Exchange to bring priv HC plans under Govt control.
Pg 84 Sec 203 HC bill – Govt mandates ALL benefit packages for private Health Care plans in the Exchange
Pg 85 Line 7 HC Bill – Specs for of Benefit Levels for Plans = The Govt will ration your Healthcare!
Pg 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill – Govt mandates linguistic appropriate services.
Example – Translation for illegal aliens.
Pg 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18 The Govt will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps to sign up individuals for Govt HC plan
Pg 85 Line 7 HC Bill – Specs of Ben Levels 4 Plans. #AARP members – Your Health Care WILL be rationed
Pg 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill – Medicaid Eligible Individual will be automat.enrolled in Medicaid. No choice.
Pg 124 lines 24-25 HC No company can sue Govt on price fixing. No “judicial review” against Govt Monopoly.
Pg 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill – Doctors/ #AMA – The Govt will tell YOU what you can make.
Pg 145 Line 15-17 An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public opt plan. NO CHOICE
Pg 126 Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay for HC for part time employees AND their families.
Pg 149 Lines 16-24 ANY Employer w/ payroll 400k & above who does not prov. pub opt. pays 8% tax on all payroll
Pg 150 Lines 9-13 Biz w payroll btw 251k & 400k who doesnt provide public opt pays 2-6% tax on all payroll Pg 167 Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesnt have acceptable HC according to Govt will be taxed 2.5% of income.
Pg 170 Lines 1-3 Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay).
Pg 195 Officers & employees of HC Admin (GOVT) will have access to ALL Americans financial and personal records.
Pg 203 Line 14-15 HC – “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax” Yes, it says that. Pg 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill Govt will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected.
Pg 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill – Doctors, it does not matter what specialty you have, you’ll all be paid the same.
Pg 253 Line 10-18 Govt sets value of Dr’s time, prof judg, etc. Literally value of humans.
Pg 265 Sec 1131Govt mandates & controls productivity for private HC industries.
Pg 268 Sec 1141 Fed Govt regulates rental & purchase of power driven wheelchairs.
Pg 272 SEC. 1145. Treatment of certain cancer hospitals – Cancer patients – welcome to rationing!
Page 280 Sec 1151 The Govt will penalize hospitals for what Govt deems preventable readmissions. (Incentives for hospital to not treat and release.)
Pg 298 Lines 9-11 Drs, treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission-Govt will penalize you.
Pg 317 L 13-20 PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. Govt tells Drs. what/how much they can own.
Pg 317-318 lines 21-25,1-3 PROHIBITION on expansion- Govt is mandating hospitals cannot expand.
pg 321 2-13 Hospitals have opportunity to apply for exception BUT community input required. Can you say ACORN?!!
Pg335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339 – Govt mandates established of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing.
Pg 341 Lines 3-9 Govt has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans (Part B), HMOs, etc. Forcing people into Govt plan.
Pg 354 Sec 1177 – Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people!
Pg 379 Sec 1191 Govt creates more bureaucracy – Telehealth Advisory Committee. HC by phone/Internet?
Pg 425 Lines 4-12 Govt mandates Advance [Death] Care Planning Consult. Think Senior Citizens end of life.
Pg 425 Lines 17-19 Govt will instruct & consult regarding living wills, durable powers of atty. Mandatory!
Pg 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 Gov’t provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in death.
Pg 427 Lines 15-24 Govt mandates program for orders for end of life. The Gov’t has a say in how your life ends.
Pg 429 Lines 1-9 An “adv. care planning consult” will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates.
Pg 429 Lines 10-12 “adv. care consultation” may incl an ORDER for end of life plans. AN ORDER from GOV
Pg 429 Lines 13-25 – The govt will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.
PG 430 Lines 11-15 The Govt will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life
(NOTE FROM RJ: The above really does give the government the authority to determine who lives and dies, and when. A government bureaucrat really will be making this decision for you and your loved ones.)
Pg 469 – Community Based Home Medical Services=Non profit orgs. Hello, ACORN Medical Svcs here!!?
Pg 472 Lines 14-17 PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORG. 1 monthly payment to a community-based org. Like ACORN?
Pg 489 Sec 1308 The Govt will cover Marriage & Family therapy. They will insert Government into your marriage. Pg 494-498 Govt will cover Mental Health Svcs including defining, creating, rationing those svcs
PG 502 Sec 1181 Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research Established. – Hello Big Brother – Literally.
Pg 503 Lines 13-19 Gov’t will build registries and data networks from YOUR electronic med records.
Pg 503 lines 21-25 Gov’t may secure data directly from any depart or agency of the US including your data.
Pg 504 Lines 6-10 The “Center” will collect data both published & unpublished (that means public & your private info)
PG 506 Lines 19-21 The Center will recommend policies that would allow for public access of data.
PG 518 Lines 21-25 The Commission will have input from HC consumer reps – Can you say unions & ACORN?
PG 524 18-22 Comparative Effectiveness Research Trust Fund set up. More taxes for ALL.
PG 621 Lines 20-25 Gov’t will define what Quality means in HC. Since when does Gov’t know about quality?
Pg 622 Lines 2-9 To pay for the Quality Standards, Govt will transfer $$ from to other Govt Trust Funds. More Taxes.
PG 624 “Quality” measures shall be designed to assess outcomes & functional status of patients.
PG 624 “Quality” measures shall be designed to profile you including race, age, gender, place of residence, etc
Pg 628 Sec 1443 Gov’t will give “Multi-Stake Holders” Pre-Rule Making input into Selection of “Quality” Measures.
Pg 630 9-24/631 1-9 Those Multi-stake holder groups incl. Unions & groups like ACORN deciding HC quality.
Pg 632 Lines 14-25 The Gov’t may implement any “Quality measure” of HC Services as they see fit.
PG 633 14-25/ 634 1-9 The Secretary may issue non-endorsed “Quality Measures” for Physician Services & Dialysis Services.
Pg 635 to 653 Physicians Payments Sunshine Provision – Gov’t wants to shine sunlight on Docs but not Govt.
Pg 654-659 Public Reporting on Health Care-Associated Infections – Looks okay.
PG 660-671 Doctors in Residency – Gov’t will tell you where your residency will be, thus where you’ll live.
Pg 676-686 Gov’t will regulate hospitals in EVERY aspect of residency programs, incl. teaching hospitals.
Pg 686-700 Increased Funding to Fight Waste, Fraud, and Abuse. You mean like the Gov’t with an $18 million website?
PGs 701-704 Sec 1619 If your part of HC plan isn’t in Gov’t HC Exchange but you qualify for Fed aid, no payment.
PG 705-709 SEC. 1128 If Secr gets complaints (ACORN) on HC provider or supplier, Gov’t can do background check.
PG 711 Lines 8-14 The Secretary has broad powers to deny HC providers/ suppliers admittance into HC Exchange. Your doctor could be thrown out of business.
Pg 719-720 Sec 1637 ANY Doctor who orders durable med equip or home med services MUST be enrolled in Medicare.
PG 722 Sec 1639 Gov’t MANDATES Doctors must have face to face with patient to certify patient for Home Health Svcs.
PG 724 23-25 PG 725 1-5 The same Gov’t certifications will apply to Medicaid & CHIP (your kids)
PG 724 Lines 16-22 Gov’t reserves rt to apply face to face certification for patient to ANY other HC service.
Pg 735 lines 16-25 For law enforce. proposes the Secretary-HHS will give Atty General access to ALL data.
PG 740-757 Gov’t sets guidelines for subsidizing the uninsured (Thats your tax dollars people)
Pg 757-762 Fed gov’t will shift burden of payments to Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH) to States. (Taxes)
Pg 763 1-8 No DS/EA hospitals will be paid unless they provide services without regard to national origin
Pg 765 Sec 1711 Gov’t will require Preventative Services including vaccines. (Choice?)
Pg 768 Sec 1713 Gov’t – Nurse Home Visitation Svcs (Hello union paybacks)
Investor’s Business Daily reports that half of the American public believes that a government take-over of health care would reduce health care quality.
Why should we let Obama do this? How do we stop it?
There will be a web-cast Thursday to Educate and Mobilize Pro-Life Americans Against Great Dangers of Obama Health Care Bill; Coalition of leaders alarmed that pro-lifers unaware of what is at stake with Obamacare.
Charmaine will be joining Mike Huckabee, Chris Smith (R) NJ, Tony Perkins and other pro-life leaders. Go Register and watch.
A small army helps Charmaine prepare with her presentations. Here’s a few of the staff that helped her get ready for her testimony at the Supreme Court Nomination hearing of Sotomayor on Thursday.
Top Row L to R:Bill Saunders, Bob Heckman
Bottom Row, L to R: Heather Smith, Courtney Lillie, Charmaine Yoest, Mary Harned
Not pictured are Dawn Eden who was live blogging the Sotomayor hearings, Clarke Forsythe by phone in Chicago and Denise Burke in San Antonio.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 17, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A coalition of prominent pro-life leaders has arranged a giant, Stop The Abortion Mandate live webcast for the public this coming Thursday, July 23, to alert Americans about the great dangers of the Democrat-proposed health care bill.
David Bereit, a coalition member and leader of 40 Days for Life, told LifeSiteNews that he is temporarily de-emphasizing his current 40 Days for Life tasks to concentrate on this issue because of its extreme importance. He is concerned that pro-lifers are not aware of what is at stake with the health care bill.
Connie Marshner, a well-known Washington pro-life political organizer, warned today that “this is the biggest issue since Roe v Wade.
This is not just about funding. Everyone will be forced to have abortion coverage.” Further, [Marshner] warned, the effect of successful passage of the Health Care bill will dramatically change the pro-life movement as we know it “because every doctor and health care worker will be forced to be involved in abortion.”
The pro-life webcast’s promotional material states that “Powerful abortion industry lobbyists and Washington, D.C. bureaucrats have just launched a massive effort to mandate taxpayer-funded abortions as part of their proposed trillion-dollar healthcare takeover.”
They list four main results of what they call “this abortion industry power-grab”:
Impose one of the cornerstones of the “Freedom of Choice Act” (FOCA) by stealth.
Force taxpayers to fund a huge abortion industry bailout – something the majority of Americans oppose, and certainly cannot afford in these tough economic times.
Mandate that virtually every American be forced into a health plan that includes abortion coverage.
Require honorable medical providers to violate their consciences and perform abortions — or risk losing their jobs.
The one-time-only LIVE webcast event will take place this Thursday, July 23, at 9 PM Eastern (6 PM Pacific, 7 PM Mountain, 8 PM Central.)
The live webcast, for which there is no charge, will be approximately 70 minutes long and will be accessible even to Internet users with only a dial-up connection.
Participants who register for the event will be able to listen in on the live audio and submit questions.
During the event, the following nationally known leaders will be heard:
MIKE HUCKABEE, Former Governor and Presidential Candidate
DR. CHARMAINE YOEST, Americans United for Life
TONY PERKINS, Family Research Council
FR. FRANK PAVONE, Priests for Life
MARJORIE DANNENFELSER, Susan B. Anthony List
DOUGLAS JOHNSON, National Right to Life Committee
TOM MINNERY, Focus on the Family
CONGRESSMAN CHRIS SMITH, U.S. House of Representatives
KRISTIN HAWKINS, Students for Life of America
CONGRESSMAN JOE PITTS, U.S. House of Representatives
DR. RICHARD LAND, Southern Baptist Convention
CARMEN PATE, Point of View Radio Show
DAVID BEREIT, 40 Days for Life
The Webcast organizers state that those who join the webcast will discover:
The shocking facts about the sweeping legislation that the political power brokers are trying to ram through before Congress goes on summer recess…
The devastating implications of the proposed mandates — facts the abortion industry doesn’t want Americans to hear…
Why respected leaders, national organizations, and pro-life people are joining together in record numbers to challenge this attempted power-grab…
The exact action steps YOU can take to make a difference at this crucial moment…