Friday, August 30, 2013

The Hyde Amendment and How it relates to Obama-Care

Have you ever heard of the Hyde AmendmentWhen the Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that abortion was a right and now the law of the land in the United States, everyone on medicaid that wanted an abortion could obtain one and the cost was born by U.S. taxpayers. 

It took just three short years before the American public insisted that they no longer wanted to fund abortions.  On Sept 30, 1976 the Hyde Amendment was passed banning federal funding of abortions.  The Hyde Amendment is not it's own stand alone law, but it is an amendment that is attached to the appropriations bill and must be renewed and passed annually.  It has been included, and passed on every appropriations bill since 1976.   

With every appropriations bill passed, should there arise a group opposed to the Hyde Amendment, either in the house or senate, they could deny passage of  Amendment thereby denying passage of the appropriations bill and shut down the government until one side gave in and either passed it or removed it.

What does all that have to do with Obama-Care?  It is being suggested that we do the same thing, right now with the "Affordable Care Act".  The house writes the bill that "appropriates" all funding of the government and it's programs.  There are Senators and Representatives right now, working to make that happen.  By attaching an amendment to the appropriations bill that will be submitted in the next few months, we can withhold funding for Obama-Care.

What's the risk?  The risk is that those who vote for defunding will not have the courage to follow it through with an understandable message and will allow themselves to be painted as the ones that shut down the government.  The reality is that the government doesn't have to shut down.  If the appropriations bill funds everything BUT Obamacare, then Obama-Care proponents will be the ones to make the choice of priorities.  Will Obama-care, which many of the proponents have been granted exemptions from, become more important than everything else in the country.  It will become a matter of message.  

On a side note....Bart Stupak, a Democrat Representative from Michigan, tried to add the "Hyde Amendment" language to Obama-care.  At the time he claimed he had enough pro-life votes to keep the bill from passing if the language wasn't added.  He trotted out before the cameras everyday insisting it be added and vowed to not give in.  The President invited him to the White House, scratched out a little note, in the form of an executive order which he can withdraw at a whim, saying he wouldn't fund abortions in Obamacare if Stupak would remove his amendment from the healthcare bill.  Stupak caved, removed the language and ended his career.  And instead of being remembered as a staunch pro-life democrat, he is now remembered as the guy who caved on what was previously his most important issue --- life.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Suddenly


I was listening to an interview the other day and the subject being interviewed was discussing the state of our Union and our culture.  His bewildering question was, "How did we get here so quickly?  Did this just happen in the last four years?"  


As I did my errands that day, I pondered that question, I talked to myself, talked to God and tried to pin point exactly where the turn was.  While it seems it happened SUDDENLY, it really did not.  Prior to 1962 school children in America began their day with prayer.  The prayer was said to be so bland that it was called the "To Whom It May Concern Prayer."  Here is how it went: "Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our Country."   In 1962, the Supreme Court ruled that particular prayer unconstitutional.  It did not take long for all prayer and Bible reading to be banned from public schools.  


Since that time, until now, the Biblical worldview our country was founded on has been replaced by a secular or humanist worldview.  For just over 50 years now, we have been sowing the seeds of the crop we are now harvesting;   no more prayer and no more begging for God's blessings in the public arena.  


So why does it seem that this has happened suddenly.  Up until recently, those secular seeds did not really have one spokesperson, someone that could speak with credibility for the movement.  We have now seen a leader arise that espouses the secular worldview and diminishes, and yes even mocks, those with a Biblical worldview.  When Barack Obama came to the forefront and began his campaign of change, his rhetoric began to ring true in hundreds of thousands of people, particularly young people that had not been raised in a culture of Biblical truth and prayer.  His message sprang to life.  Immediate growth, exponential growth that looks like it happened suddenly, but in reality has been taking root, deep root, for the past 50 years.  


I am married to a farmer, and I know something about planting and reaping.  Whatever seed you plant, water and nourish, is the seed that will grow.  You cannot plant corn and get tomatoes.  Genesis 1 tells us that seed produces after its own kind.  It is time for us to begin sewing good seed once again.  Seeds of prayer for our country, seeds of Biblical Truth in our spheres of influence.  One thing we know is that it will produce after its own kind.


If you do not know how, or what, to pray, simply start with the "To Whom It May Concern Prayer" mentioned above.  Pray that our country, our leaders, and individually we will be delivered from deception.  Pray for God's will and purpose to be accomplished in our lives and in our country.  Pray for spiritual hunger in those that may not even know what spiritual hunger is.  God will bring people across their paths that will show them how to satisfy that hunger.  Pray for blessing and prosperity in our country; pray that we would prosper as our souls prosper.


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