Washington, Jan 23 – Earlier this week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that the massive spending plan written by congressional Democrats isn’t all it’s cracked up to be – in particular, the vast majority of the spending in the plan won’t have an impact on our economy for years, at best. And just yesterday, the House Ways & Means Committee learned that no one seems to know how many jobs would actually be created by the trillion dollar spending plan, even though the legislation is slated to be on the House floor next week.
Now comes the latest revelation about the congressional Democrats’ “stimulus” plan: it includes taxpayer funding for contraceptives and the abortion industry. Specifically, a provision in the legislation clears the way for expanded federal funding of contraceptives through Medicaid for those who aren’t even poor. Here’s how:
A Clinton-era program allows states to seek a waiver to offer Medicaid “family planning” services – even for those who are not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid. If they seek the waiver, the federal government matches the state funding with $9 for every $1.
Yesterday, during consideration of the congressional Democrats’ spending bill by the House Energy & Commerce Committee, the panel eliminated the waiver requirement. The result? All 50 states will now offer Medicaid “family planning” services (including contraception) with the federal government offering the same $9 to $1 match (pages 231-240).
Regardless of where anyone stands on taxpayer-funding for contraceptives and the abortion industry, there is no doubt that this once little-known provision in the congressional Democrats’ spending plan has NOTHING to do with stimulating the economy and creating more American jobs. House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) expressed dismay at the provision allowing for taxpayer-funded contraceptive services at a press briefing after a meeting at the White House earlier today:
“I’m concerned about the size of the package and I’m concerned about some of the spending that’s in there. How you can spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives – how does that stimulate the economy? You can go through a whole host of issues that have nothing to do with growing jobs in America and helping people keep their jobs.”
As the American people learn more about the congressional Democrats’ massive spending plan, the clearer it has become that the legislation is woefully insufficient in bringing our economy back to life and creating new jobs. With this revelation about the congressional Democrats’ plans to force taxpayers to subsidize contraception and the abortion industry, the American people are right to ask: just what else is in this legislation?
My problem with this is that the Democrats are telling us that this legislation is needed to stimulate the economy and most of it is just free money for Democrat’s favored programs.
Whatever you may think of contraception and abortion, I think we can agree that providing funding for it does nothing to stimulate the economy or create jobs.
This is the same old “bait and switch” game that politicians have been pulling for years.
But judging from the remarks Obama made about not listening to Rush Limbaugh, he has just found a new way to say “My Way Or The Highway.
Fine, let them pass it on a party line vote. Then they own it and all it’s debt.