The Gloves Come off The clash over health care reform is coming sooner than most of us thought. During yesterday’s press conference to announce Tom Daschle as head of Health and Human Services (HHS), Barack Obama said the solution to our current economic crisis is government-controlled health care. The next President put conservatives on high alert by promising to add major health components to next month’s economic stimulus package.
“It’s not something we can sort of put off because we’re in an emergency,” Obama tried to justify. “This is part of the emergency,” he told reporters. Already, the stimulus stands to cost taxpayers more than $500 billion, and unlike other legislation, emergency bills are not subject to open debate or pay-go rules, which ensure that anything Congress spends is paid for up front. For an incoming president hoping to make an immediate impact, it is certainly a cunning move; but for social and fiscal conservatives, this should be cause for great concern. Among other things, Obama’s plan would increase Medicaid spending, expand anti-parental features of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and overhaul medical records technology.
In effect, President Obama is using a financial recovery bill as an excuse to redefine social policy. Unfortunately, this approach will obviate a full-scale debate to vet the plan’s objectionable details-not the least of which is its mammoth price tag. Meanwhile, the new administration is hoping to deflect any criticism by suggesting that Americans host holiday parties to “brainstorm” changes to the U.S. health system. Seriously, in a speech today, Daschle promised to make a surprise visit to one of these homes and take the ideas directly to the President, as if policy making were some sort of bureaucratic sweepstakes.
Maybe voters will buy the line that this makes them an invested part of the political process. To me, it sounds like a gimmick to cover up the President’s plans to ramrod an expanded federal role in health care through the legislature without so much as a candid conversation in Congress. FRC is moving quickly to counter the move with our friends on the Hill, but we need your help. Your leaders must hear from you that camouflaging health care reform in an economic recovery package is unacceptable. If the American people are paying for Obama’s reform, surely they deserve a voice in it. Contact your House and Senate officials today and help us hold off the liberals’ first strike.
** With the ability to preside over American health policy, Daschle is likely to make significant changes to pro-life guidelines on conscience protections, abstinence education, and abortion policy. For more on his record, please stop by our continuing feature “Change Watch” on http://www.frcblog.com. Also, don’t miss today’s item on Greg Craig, a former Clinton attorney and Obama’s choice for White House Counsel. **
Additional Resources Change Watch Backgrounder: Tom Daschle
The Gloves Come off
The clash over health care reform is coming sooner than most of us thought. During yesterday’s press conference to announce Tom Daschle as head of Health and Human Services (HHS), Barack Obama said the solution to our current economic crisis is government-controlled health care. The next President put conservatives on high alert by promising to add major health components to next month’s economic stimulus package.
The memorial service for Doug (Mark’s dad) went well today. I got to the church a few minutes after 9:00, so I could be there when they began delivering flowers. Mark beat me to it…he was already there. He said he didn’t know why he couldn’t sleep , but woke up at 4:00 a.m.
We had a lunch after the service and left the church about 1:45.
Tomorrow night, we are going to meet Paula R. (heyheypaula) for dinner. She is coming down to go on a cruise out of Galveston. Casa Ole!
Family Research Council sent this email and wanted us to forward it to at least one friend. I decided to go them one better and post it on Xanga:
Memo to Newsweek: Give the Real Bible Equal Time
December 12, 2008 | Refer a Friend
Newsweek magazine effectively declared war on marriage this week, running a long essay on “The Religious Case for Gay Marriage” as their cover story. In the wake of the victory of California’s marriage amendment (Proposition 8) on Election Day, homosexual marriage advocates are realize that their opponents are not going to fade away or compromise their convictions. Not content any longer to make a “separation of church and state” argument for same-sex “marriage,” they are instead mounting a direct attack on Christian opposition to homosexual conduct and to same-sex “marriage” on biblical grounds.
There was little that was original about the essay. It strung together a lot of talking points that have wafted about the homosexual movement for years. What was astonishing was that the author (Newsweek’s religion editor Lisa Miller) not only tried to explain away the Bible’s condemnation of homosexual conduct, but actually claimed that “Scripture gives us no good reason why gays and lesbians should not be (civilly and religiously) married-and a number of excellent reasons why they should.”
The article included blatant factual errors, such as the claim that Jesus never “explicitly defines marriage as between one man and one woman” (see, e.g., Mark 10:6-8: “But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother, the the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh.”), and the claim that “nowhere in the Bible do its authors refer to sex between women” (see Romans 1:26). It also had logical contradictions, arguing for the Bible’s support of “gay marriage” while simultaneously dismissing the Bible as supportive of slavery and anti-Semitism.
If homosexual activists want to simply ignore the Bible, they are free to do so. If they are going to blatantly distort its teachings, Newsweek should not help them do so.
We urge you to email Newsweek today and demand that the magazine print an accurate article presenting the Bible’s true teaching about homosexual conduct and same-sex “marriage”-one equal in length to the Miller piece (which was over 2,700 words) and also run as the cover story.
Click here to email Newsweek editor Jon Meacham. Please forward this email to at least one friend or family member. Newsweek owes the nation the truth about what the Scriptures actually say.
Thank you for taking action today and God bless you.