Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Nothing Catches My Eye Today, Except

I'd like to take this opportunity to take a jab at our local visiting village idiot, Jay St. John.  You see, as recently as three weeks ago, the radio personality included a post on his website where he challenges a section of H.R. 3590.  He wants us to believe that federal money will be used to fund abortions.  That, in itself, is wrong; but I want to focus on his supposed writing.

I've included the post below and I've highlighted the parts that are actually his.  Practically the whole write-up belongs to David N. O'Steen Ph.D.  You can find the entire text here.

Abortion STILL IN THE BILL

May 25, 2010
Jay St. John

After researching this bill I find that you pro-lifers have been lied to once again. This bill is riddled with
provisions that predictably will result in federal subsidies for private insurance plans that cover abortion (some
of which will be administered directly by the federal government), direct federal funding of abortion through
Community Health Centers, and pro-abortion federal administrative mandates. The sum of these provisions
makes H.R. 3590 the most abortion-expansive piece of legislation ever to reach the floor of the House of
Representatives. And that’s why you saw NO pro-choice people raising hell!
The bill contains additional pools of directly appropriated funds that are not covered by any limitations
regarding abortion, including $5 billion for a temporary high-risk health insurance pool program (Sec. 1101 on
pages 45-52) and $6 billion in grants and loans for health co-ops (Sec. 1322, pp. 169-180). The Senate bill
(Section 1303, page 2069) contains the objectionable “Nelson-Boxer language,” under which private plans
that cover elective abortion would qualify for the federal subsidy, but every enrollee in such a plan would find
himself or herself subject to a requirement that he or she make a separate payment into a fund used
exclusively for elective abortions – an abortion surcharge. When will the liberal lies stop?

When will the liberal lies stop?  Ironic.

For some reason, Jay seems to have a following, even though he's not suited for his on-air hobby.  He doesn't research the issues fully, and doesn't have one original idea in his body.  But apparently he and his listeners seem to think that he's some modern-day Lawrence Barry.

He might provide a platform for local politicians to answer questions from the public.  But this is lazy on the part of the politicos who show up on his radio program.  Instead of holding actual town hall meetings where they might actually be taken to task, local politicians instead face their constituency from the safe confines of a studio. 

Really, you shouldn't believe anything this man peddles.  Our officials might be severely flawed but Jay is hardly the man to expose their shortcomings.  He's created this fake populist persona for himself, all while inserting his extreme Republican views.  If anyone should be held accountable, it's him.

Do yourself a favor and go read the text to actual bills that become law. 
Pages 45-52 of H.R. 3590 deal with providing health insurance for those people who are considered high-risk.  Where they read abortion in that, I don't know.  Well, Jay didn't exactly read it but that doesn't stop him from posting lies.

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