NEW YORK — The ongoing controversy over President Obama’s universal, female-contraception entitlement decree reportedly found Vice President Joseph Biden, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, former chief of staff Richard Daley, and five Democratic senators opposing Obama’s fusillade against religious liberty and economic freedom. (It is tyrannical to force faith-based organizations to commit what they consider sins and dictate to insurance companies that they deliver a service for free — namely, birth-control coverage — for which they normally charge money.) This is the latest example of Democrats rejecting ObamaCare — in whole, or in part.
• Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank recently co-sponsored H.R. 452, joining California’s Joe Baca and Loretta Sanchez, New York’s Timothy Bishop, Pennsylvania’s Chaka Fattah, and 10 other Democrats. This measure, introduced by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R – Tennessee) would terminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board. Dubbed “the real death panel” by its critics, IPAB would commence in 2014. Its 15 appointed members would control Medicare costs, essentially by rationing care. Its recommendations would become federal law unless Congress adopted other means to match or exceed its spending cuts. Alternatively, 60 senators could refuse IPAB’s advice — no small task.
Rep. Frank’s spokesman, Diego Sanchez, says that his boss’ opposition to IPAB has been “consistent and firm.” On January 15, 2010, Frank — along with California’s Pete Stark, Georgia’s John Lewis, and dozens of other stalwart Democrats — signed a letter to then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D – Calif.) spurning “legislation that would place authority for Medicare payment policy in an unelected, executive branch commission or board.”
• Senator Ben Nelson (D – Neb.) asked the Government Accountability Office and the Congressional Budget Office to find replacements for ObamaCare’s individual mandate, its most constitutionally dodgy provision. “I never thought the mandate was a particularly good way to do it,” he told Politico.com. Senator Claire McCaskill (D – Missouri) also frets about the mandate. “There’s [sic] other ways we can get people into the pool — I hope — other than a mandate, and we need to look at that,” she told MSNBC.
ObamaCare’s chief mandate has enraged Democrats across America.
• Last spring, for instance, Attorney General Chris Koster (D – Missouri) filed a friend-of-the-court brief backing anti-ObamaCare litigation filed by Florida and 25 other states.
“If Congress can force activity under the Commerce Clause, then it could force individuals to receive vaccinations or annual check-ups, undergo mammogram or prostate exams, or maintain a specific body mass,” argues Koster’s brief in the case that the Supreme Court will hear in March.
• Missourians voted 71 to 29 percent on August 3, 2010 to prohibit any law that compels “any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system.” This anti-mandate initiative won nearly 100,000 votes from citizens who did not cast Republican ballots in that day’s primary election. “When one in six Democratic primary voters decides they want the state of Missouri to defend them from the signature issue of the Democratic Party, you’ve got a recipe for electoral disaster,” RedState.com concluded.
• Last November 8, Ohio voters approved Issue 3, another referendum against the ObamaCare mandate. In an election driven by union opposition to GOP Governor John Kasich’s restrictions on Big Labor’s perks, Issue 3 actually received more votes than did Issue 2, which scrapped Kasich’s reforms. While Issue 2 passed 61 to 39 percent, Issue 3 did even better, passing 66 to 34 percent. All 88 of Ohio’s counties supported Issue 3.
• Virginia enacted a law in 2010 that protects every resident from “any penalty, assessment, fee, or fine, as a result of his failure to procure or obtain health insurance coverage.” In Virginia’s House of Delegates, 55 percent of Democrats backed this anti-mandate measure, as did eight of 11 (73 percent) of the chamber’s Black Caucus.
These and other Democrats underscore something about ObamaCare that has been true since it was jack-hammered down the throats of the American people. The only thing bipartisan about ObamaCare is its chorus of critics.