Morning Action: The Conservative Solution to Stopping Obamacare is the Best Available Solution
DEFUND OBAMACARE. Heritage Action communications director Dan Holler argued Wednesday on CNN that Congress should defund Obamacare and have a discussion about the policies in question, rather than just the politics.
Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham also released a statement praising Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) for working to defund Obamacare:
“Chairman Camp’s assessment of Obamacare is exactly right: the American people should not be forced to spend another dime on this failed law. Of course, the only way to ensure taxpayers do not continue funding this unfair law is to proactively defund Obamacare. We urge the Chairman to join a growing number of his colleagues in their effort to attach the Graves-Cruz legislation to a year-end spending bill.”
CONGRESS. Heritage’s Ed Haislmaier explained Wednesday the Obama Administration is disregarding the law by giving Congress special treatment regarding Obamacare:
This morning, the Obama Administration released a proposed rule by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that has the effect of allowing Members of Congress and their staffs to buy health insurance coverage in the new exchanges (as required by Obamacare) and use the large, tax-free subsidy that they receive for their current coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) to pay for their new exchange coverage.
Interestingly, many members of Congress – including the GOP – are unphased by this development:
Republicans usually love to rail against Obamacare, but leaders aren’t talking much about President Barack Obama’s decision to save health benefits for members and their staffs.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD. Heritage’s Sarah Torre explains the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed to investigate the use of federal funds by the lucrative abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. This investigation is imperative, since audits have indicated abuse and fraudulent practices by Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country:
The probe was announced by Representatives Diane Black (R–TN), Pete Olson (R–TX), Chris Smith (R–NJ), and Senator David Vitter (R–LA).
The announcement comes as Planned Parenthood, which received more than half a billion in tax dollars in one year alone, faces numerous accusations of fraud and claims of unsafe conditions at some of its abortion clinics.
Despite the organization’s prominence—performing roughly one of every four abortions in America—Planned Parenthood has ridden the waves of taxpayer funding to millions of dollars in annual surpluses. Planned Parenthood received over $542 million in taxpayer dollars during 2011 alone, all the while performing a record 333,964 abortions. In that year, like many before it, Planned Parenthood saw a very comfortable income, reporting excess revenues exceeding $87 million and net assets of more than $1.2 billion.
MARRIAGE. Heritage’s Ryan Anderson explains the dangers of redefining marriage and of abandoning the marital norms of exclusivity and monogamy. He explains the dangers of manipulating language to reflect artificial realities about marriage:
Merriam-Webster is going to have to update the next edition of its dictionary, at least if marriage redefiners have their way. Do you know what the words “monogamish,” “throuple,” and “wedlease” mean? If not, you soon will. After all, the power to redefine words is the power to redefine reality.
Let’s start with “monogamish,” a play on “monogamous.” A 2011 New York Timesprofile of gay activist Dan Savage, headlined “Married, with Infidelities,” introduced Americans to “monogamish” relationships — in which partners would allow sexual infidelity provided there were honest admissions of it.
Whatever we may think about the morality of sexually open marriages, or multi-partner marriages, or by-design-temporary marriages, the social costs will run high.
If a man doesn’t commit to a woman in a permanent and exclusive relationship, the likelihood of creating fatherless children and fragmented families increases. The more sexual partners a man has, and the shorter-lived those relationships are, the greater the chance he creates children with multiple women. His attention and resources thus divided, a long line of consequences unfold for both mother and child.
At its most basic level, marriage is about attaching a man and a woman to each other as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children their sexual union produces. When a baby is born, there is always a mother nearby: That is a fact of reproductive biology. The question is whether a father will be involved in the life of that child and, if so, for how long. Marriage increases the odds that a man will be committed to the children whom he helps create and to the woman with whom he does so.