Former Democratic congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper, a Catholic from Erie, Pennsylvania, voted for the health care mega-law in 2010. Now she says she would have never voted for the 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 .
In a press release sent out while the HHS ruling was still pending, the pro-life Dahlkemper said,
“I would have never voted for the final version of the bill if I expected the Obama Administration to force Catholic hospitals and Catholic Colleges and Universities to pay for contraception,. We worked hard to prevent abortion funding in health care and to include clear conscience protections for those with moral objections to abortion and contraceptive devices that cause abortion. I trust that the President will honor the commitment he made to those of us who supported final passage.”
To which I reply, “Oh, shut up!”
Dahlkemper, along with her lazy, irresponsible colleagues in both the House and the Senate, passed this bill without reading it, embracing their Machiavelian leader’s fatuous directive that they had to go ahead and pass the bill to find out what was in it. Well, now you are finding out, Kath, and I bet we’ll hear from lots of your fellow slackers over time, expressing horror over some outrageous expense or budget-busting requirement or infringement of basic rights that had its groundwork laid by that unconscionably huge bill that they couldn’t bother to read before inflicting it on us.
You, Ms. Dahlkemper, are accountable for the law and everything that flows from it. You didn’t have the competence, diligence, common sense, fairness and respect for the American people to do your job, and personally examine the bill to make sure it was responsible and safe. You sat like a slug and voted in lock-step, trusting untrustworthy pols who loaded the mess of a provision with all sorts of things that they themselves barely understood. That’s not representation, that’s abdication. Don’t you dare try to duck responsibility now. Anything monstrosity that comes out of the bill is your own fault, because you betrayed your constituents, your office and your country by not having the decency and courage to do your duty.
So just shut up. I don’t care what you have to say now; nobody should care. You are a disgrace. When you were in a position to make a difference, you were asleep at the switch. If you are going to say anything, just say this: