Dimwit Democrat: You Know, Maybe I Was Stupid Voting for ObamaCare

Posted by on Feb 07, 2012 at 5:56 pm

“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,” Dahlkemper said in a press release sent out by Democrats for Life in November. “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.”

Of course, most abortion opponents disagree with Dahlkemper that the HHS regulation is Obamacare’s only moral problem. Under Obamacare, each state’s federally subsidized health care exchange is required to offer a health insurance plan that covers elective abortions unless the state passes a law opting out of the requirement.

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5 Responses to “Dimwit Democrat: You Know, Maybe I Was Stupid Voting for ObamaCare”

  1. mike191 on 7/07/12 at 6:14 pm

    Perhaps she should had one of her staffers read the bill to her.

    This is poor political cover by a craven dem.

  2. NateDogg614 on 8/08/12 at 7:46 am

    I feel compelled to add my two cents on this one. To provide a disclaimer, I am a Republican and a conservative. I am also friends with Kathy Dahlkemper — my family and her family have been friends going back almost 20 years. I know in her heart of hearts that she is very pro-life and she and her family are very deeply Catholic and have participated in a number of worthwhile good works, both for the Church and the community of Erie, PA. When she was elected to Congress, it was my hope that she would be a moderate Democrat (and she was on a couple of key issues, she voted against the “cap and trade” bill, for example) and I was hoping that she would be a “no” vote on ObamaCare as well. However, she was one of the last holdouts on the final vote and committed herself to voting Aye with Rep. Stupak (when Stupak gave his press conference before the vote, she was standing right next to him). She decided to vote Aye because of the promise that the president made to put an Executive Order into place that would ban the coverage of abortions. I called her office and spoke with a staffer, hoping that they would relay my message urging her to reconsider (whether the staffer did or not I do not know). I stressed that anyone who looked at Obama’s record on this issue would know that he was full of it. I sincerely believe that Rep. Dahlkemper thought that the president would not go down this course (I would argue to some extent that she was duped — or it could have been the inexperience of a 1st termer) and now she deeply regrets having supported it. I would hope that other Catholic Democrats who are pro-life at heart would speak out. Despite the way that she voted, which disappointed me greatly (and she paid a heavy price at the polls in 2010 — largest margain of defeat for a House incumbent in PA) I give her a great deal of credit for speaking out now.

  3. © Sponge on 8/08/12 at 11:11 am

    NateDogg, with all due respect, she voted for a bill that was billed as something “we had to pass to see what’s in it.”

    Anyone that votes for a bill under that sales pitch needs to be removed from public office for EVER as they’re not qualified and do not understand the responsibility that comes with the position.

    If she was duped, that’s even worse. The Government as a whole never keeps its word when it wants something. Once a power is gained, it’s never relinquished. Obamacare didn’t have an abortion exemption in it, therefore it NEVER WILL.

    Naivety has NO place in politics.

  4. NateDogg614 on 8/08/12 at 11:30 am


    You make some excellent points and I definately agree with you on the “we had to pass to see what is in it” approach to ObamaCare. As I said, I was very dissapointed with the way that she voted (and the voters of PAs 3rd District felt the same way). I think that she took the word of the Democrat leadership and she would have voted No otherwise. Naivety could very well have been a factor–she had never before run for public office. I know she’s not running again (and I also know that the redistricting has made the district more GOP in nature). I’m not looking to be an apologist here (I dislike the president’s policies and would like to see nothing more than his defeat in November), but I do know that Kathy was looking to be true to her convictions, both as a pro-life Catholic and as a Democrat. Her vote was a mistake and I appreciate that she willing to speak out and say that voting for it was in error. Even thought I disagree with her politically, I wouldn’t call her a “craven dem.” Actually, I would say she’s the polar opposite of that.