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Promises, promises

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Nov 11, 2009

Addressing a joint session of Congress to promote his health-care plans, President Obama promised that “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions.” If you think that promise was sincere, you might assume that Obama was grateful to the House of Representatives for passing the Stupak amendment, which ensured that the presidential promise would be kept. But in a subsequent interview with Jake Tapper of ABC News, the president announced that one flaw in the health-care legislation, which would have to be corrected in the Senate debate, was the Stupak amendment. Reasonable people might conclude that the president was not sincere in that message to Congress. Come to think of it, reasonable people suspected that at the time.  

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Miss Cathy - Nov. 15, 2009 9:50 AM ET USA

    Entrusting the health of its citizens to the current administration seems a lot like entrusting the care of the chicken coop to a den of foxes. Reasonable people would oppose this legislation and its empty promises in all forms.