Last year, at the height of the debate over ObamaCare, abortion became a central issue. Would the ObamaCare legislation allow taxpayer-funded abortions? Obama desperately wanted—needed—the bill to pass and could not allow a sideshow over abortion to derail it. He signed an executive order that at least theoretically banned taxpayer money from funding abortion. With that gesture, he won the support of Congressman Bart Stupak and several other Democrats who claimed that they opposed abortion. And with that, ObamaCare passed.
The Republicans are now running the House, in large part because of huge public opposition to the new law. On Wednesday, the House voted decisively to repeal the whole thing, root and branch. Given the high hurdles this clean repeal faces in the Senate and ultimately in the form of a presidential veto, House Republicans are now turning their attention to dismantling it piece by piece.
They begin with the element that secured its passage: abortion. They have just introduced HR 3, known as the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. (Nothing like meaning what you say and saying what you mean.) It would specifically ban any federal funding for abortion under ObamaCare.
If the GOP is smart, they will pass this and send it to the Senate. Harry Reid will try to kill it. Republicans should pound him every day on it until he’s forced to bring it up for a vote. While they’re doing that, they should ask Obama to demand that Reid raise it for a vote. After all, Obama said he was on their side. He even signed an executive order last year barring taxpayer dough from paying for abortions.
So, Mr. Obama: put your money where your mouth is. You claimed to oppose this. You put your name on a presidential order. Now it’s time to back up the rhetoric with some real, concrete action.
The GOP should force not just Reid’s hand, but Obama’s. He talked the talk. Now it’s time to walk the walk.
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