Not So Mighty Casey Strikes Out (Again)
Once again, the Senate is debating legislation that propels Americans closer to nationalized health care. In its current form, Democrats have refused any efforts to restrain H.R. 2, also known as the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The liberals' version of SCHIP would extend the program to children in families with annual incomes of $66,150--and, in some cases, even higher. It also makes it much easier for both legal and illegal immigrants to take advantage of the program. The Republicans offered a number of amendments to improve the legislation, including a guarantee that the coverage would first go to the children who need it most.
Another amendment, offered by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and cosponsored by Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson (Nebr.) would extend the insurance benefits to unborn children. Despite the best efforts of our pro-life allies, both amendments were defeated on the Senate floor. Another amendment, sponsored by Senator Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) would have reinstated the Mexico City Policy, which bans taxpayer money from funding international groups that promote and perform abortions. With the support of Republicans and only one Democrat, Sen. Nelson, the effort failed 60-37. Sadly, Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.), who claims to value life as much as his father did, voted once again to force taxpayers to promote abortion overseas. The Pennsylvania Senator used a lot of his capital as a so-called pro-life Democrat to help President Obama get elected. The question to all the pro-life groups that have lent him credibility on the issue is--how many strikes before Casey is out?
Article from the Family Research Council.
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