Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ex-Congresswoman's lament

Oh, had she only known!

From The Weekly Standard:
Former Democratic congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper, a Catholic from Erie, Pennsylvania, cast a crucial vote in favor of Obamacare in 2010. She lost her seat that November in part because of her controversial support of Obamacare. But Dahlkemper said recently that she would have never voted for the health care bill had she known that the Department of Health and Human Services would require all private insurers, including Catholic charities and hospitals, to provide free coverage of contraception, sterilization procedures, and the "week-after" pill "ella" that can induce early abortions.
Dahlkemper voted for a bill she didn't understand. She didn't take time to question the dangers of leaving wide swaths of discretion and implementation in the hands of progressive bureaucrats. Now she says she'd have voted no?

Deservedly, Dahlkemper's constituents dumped her. But not before grave damage was done.

We need people in Congress who understand their votes shouldn't be about sucking up to party leaders, and that they shouldn't vote on what someone promised. We need people in Congress who understand the laws they pass impact real people in big ways. They need to know what's in the bill, and understand all the possible interpretations, before they vote.

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