House Democrats launched an inquisition targeting the private insurance industry this week, sending letters (pdf) Monday to 52 insurance companies (pdf)demanding disclosure of private financial information.
This inquisition follows hard upon Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s declaration that health insurance companies were “villains” and the Democrats subsequent campaign to vilify everyday Americans going to their town hall meetings. The Dems’ many attempts — ranging from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s statement that the town hall protesters are “evil mongers” to Washington Democrat Brian Baird’s statement that their rhetoric is reminiscent of the words that drove Timothy McVeigh to bomb the federal building in Oklahoma City — have only served to further anger distrustful voters.
So it’s back to bashing the insurers.
Signed by Comrade Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Comrade Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, the three-page letter (pdf) uses the power of the United States Congress to “ask” for private information from these companies. That information, of course, is supposed to be used to determine if legislation is needed, not for Waxman’s purpose of providing political fuel for a fizzling fire.
Waxman’s velvet glove demands include information on salaries, bonuses, assets, stock ownership, pension values and a “table listing all conferences, retreats, or other events held outside company facilities from January 1, 2007, to the present that were paid for, reimbursed, or subsidized in whole or in part by your company.”
The letter sets two separate deadlines of September 4th for salary, pension and bonus-related information and September 14th for the remainder of the multitude of informational demands set forth in the letter. The Democrat government run health care plan seeks to take over control of these private companies through establishment of government-run exchanges or co-ops (see page 19, Section 102(c) of H.R. 3200 (pdf) which bans the sale of private individual health insurance policies by the year 2013).
The Democrats’ myopic view of their legislation is risky. Should the highly unpopular government-run option pass, many Democrats are unlikely to recover politically, including the President. The question they are faced with, especially those “conservative” Democrats elected in red states, is whether or not they will sacrifice their re-elections at the altar of socialism.
The government takeover of health care is the crown jewel of socialist control. When the government rations health care, it has the power to decide who lives or dies in America, and that’s a power the statists do not intend to let slip through their fingers. They are desperately seeking a way out of the corner the American people have rightly backed them into.
The stakes could not be higher. Stay vigilant.
The Dream is Still Alive, Just Not in the White House
As President Obama held a conference call with religious leaders yesterday to sell his government takeover of health care, Dr. Alveda King this week brought together members of the National Black Pro-Life Union in Washington, D.C., for an in-person recess lobbying effort with Congressional staff and for a press event to speak out forcefully against Obamacare.
“The unborn and the elderly should be included in health insurance reform as recipients of care, not victims of genocide,” King said. “Abortion, also called a ‘woman’s reproductive health service’ and ‘population control,’ is genocide; so is euthanasia. We support procreative reproductive health care. Abortion is not health care and should be specifically excluded from any pending reform legislation. And we say yes to facilitating the care, not the demise, of the elderly and infirm.”
“As a post-abortive mother and victim of the harsh aftereffects of abortion, I know firsthand the pain and grief of this form of genocide,” King continued. “Millions of babies, including my own, are dead from this population control campaign.”
“Uncle Martin’s dream includes everyone,” King added. “Now is the time for Democrats, Republicans, and independents to join together in a ‘dream choir’ to proclaim that health care reform should also include everyone, young and old, born and unborn.”
King grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is a pastoral associate at Priests for Life and formerly served in the Georgia State House of Representatives.
She was joined in her efforts in the nation’s capitol by Day Gardner, President of the National Black Pro-Life Union.
“What is President Obama’s fixation on aborting babies?” Gardner asked at the event. “Today, for every black baby born, another black baby is killed by abortion.”
Gardner also pointed to data from the Alan Guttmacher Institute and the Center for Disease Control revealing over 75% of abortion clinics are located in minority neighborhoods.
“Abortion has become the number one killer of black people in this country — killing more African-Americans than accidents, heart disease, stroke, crimes, HIV-AIDS and all other deaths combined,” Gardner continued. “We must realize that abortion is big business in America. Planned Parenthood raked in $1 billion last year including more than $350 million from you and me — the American taxpayer.”
“I am here today to say no, Mr. President,” Gardner said. “Abortion is not health care — but rather death care — and I don’t want to pay for it. It’s that simple.”
Pastor Dean Nelson, Executive Director of the Network of Politically Active Christians (NPAC), had his own potent words for Obama.
“I am not the first to wonder if our President himself would have been born if there had been a ‘strong public option’ available for his mother who bore him out of wedlock while she was a teenager,” Nelson said. “I have spoken with many adults in my life who would not be here had it not been for their mother’s inability to procure the $300 needed to abort them. The price of a medical hit man may not be the most admirable reason to bear a child, but it has saved many a life by the grace of God.”
“Raising children will always be more work than aborting them,” Nelson added. “Make abortion free and we will see where the administration intends to do its promised cost-cutting: in the slow, silent extermination of the people it views as least desirable.”
The President claimed on his conference call with religious leaders yesterday that abortion isn’t covered under Obamacare. But there is nothing in any of the legislation that specifically bars coverage. The courts have been very clear that unless you specifically say abortion will not be covered, abortion will be covered. The Hyde Amendment was required to specifically block taxpayer funding of abortion through Medicaid.
While the President was busy accusing people of “bearing false witness,” about what’s included in bills he hasn’t even read, he needs to look no further than his mirror for a culprit.