Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has been at the center of this very heated controversy about health care. She has relentlessly pushed this legislation trying to "make history."
For those that don't know the history of this bill, I'll break it down for you:
- November 7, 2009 - The House - under enormous pressure from Pelosi - passed The Affordable Health Care for America Act H.R. 3962
- This included the Stupak-Pitts amendment which enforced long-standing law banning federal funding of abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother.
- December 24, 2009 - The Senate passes their version of the bill - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act H.R.3590
- This did not include the Nelson-Hatch amendment which contained the same language as the Stupak-Pitts amendment.
- February 25, 2010 - President Obama holds his "Health Care Summit" in which nothing is really accomplished. Well... almost. More on that later.
- The current strategy is to pass the Senate version of the bill through the House, which is supposed to happen in a vote on March 18, 2010
Nancy Pelosi is - of course - putting huge pressure on pro-life Democrats that voted for the Stupak-Pitts amendment to now support the Senate bill without the anti-abortion language included.
Now it starts to get ridiculous. The one thing that was accomplished at the Health Care Summit? The country got to see first-hand just how corruptly this entire proceeding has been handled.
At the Health Care Summit, Pelosi had this to say:
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Senator Nelson (D-FL) has finally responded to my e-mail about his vote on the Nelson-Hatch-Casey Amendment.
Since this is an open letter, I'm copying his entire response below (minus the "don't reply to this e-mail, etc." message).
To: Andrew Ensley
Sent: Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 8:49 AM
Subject: RE: Your response from Senator Bill Nelson
Dear Mr. Ensley:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the health care reform process as it relates to abortion.
On December 8, I voted against Senator Ben Nelson's amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that would have imposed further restrictions on abortion, making it virtually impossible for a woman to purchase an insurance policy that covers abortion, even if she pays entirely with her own money. The health care bill now under consideration in the Senate follows the precedent set by the Hyde Amendment, that no Federal funds shall be used to provide abortions except in the case of rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother. This compromise has been the law of the land since 1976, and I see no need to make any changes to this policy as a part of health care reform.
I believe in a woman's constitutional right to choose and in reducing the number of abortions in America by encouraging adoption. The Senate bill represents a reasonable compromise, crafted in good faith by both sides. As the bill makes its way through the legislative process, I will keep your views in mind.
Senator Bill Nelson
Today, I sent my reply.
Some of you may know already that today, the Nelson-Hatch-Casey Amendment (which bans federal funding of abortion in the new health care bill) was tabled and thus defeated by a vote of 54 to 45.
You may also know that our distinguished senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) was one of those 54.
He has not responded to my first e-mail yet, but I sent him another one to let him know what I think of his actions today.
I would encourage you to contact him by e-mail and do the same.
I am extremely disappointed in your action today as you voted to table the Nelson-Hatch-Casey Amendment. I am dumbfounded by your inability to represent your constituents.
Why did you choose not to stand up for life? Why did you choose to ignore the wishes of the majority? You were not elected to do whatever you want, sir. You were elected to represent the views of the citizens of Florida.
If Sen. Reid's health care bill passes with the CAPPS language as it is now, I will do everything in my power to show fellow voters in Florida how you were directly responsible.
Please, stop ignoring the citizens. Do not vote for this health care reform bill. Do not vote for the 2000-page bill that will cost our weakened economy over 1 TRILLION dollars and 5.5 MILLION jobs. I'm not stupid. I know that this bill WILL increase taxes and premiums and cut benefits for everyone.
Health care reform is needed. But this bill is wrong in every way.
Thank you for your time,
It was difficult to be this polite.