Health Care Tidbits: of Pens, Swear Words, and Airports in Michigan
By Kathleen Gilbert
Updated 3:29pm EST
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The fallout after the passing of the Senate health care bill Sunday evening made for various interesting tidbits of information that don't merit in-depth coverage, but are worth mentioning. Here is a list of some of them:
- Thanks, Sister: Catholic Health Association CEO Sr. Carol Keehan was given one of the pens that Obama used to sign the health care bill. Such an honor is traditionally bestowed upon individuals or groups that provided key support in passing a piece of legislation.
- One pro-life lawmaker: Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) told Politico that he not only has no regrets for shouting "it's a baby killer" while Stupak was attacking his own abortion ban on the House floor, but has received an "outpouring" of support over the comment.
- Say again?: Congressman John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) said on a radio show Tuesday that ObamaCare aims to "control the people."
- Excuses: The Friday before the heath care vote, the Obama administration handed over $700K in grant money to airports in Rep. Bart Stupak's district.
- But no worries: following the health care vote, Stupak joined a gaggle of Democrats at the Capitol Hill dive bar Tune Inn to celebrate.
- No worries here either: Senior White House Advisor David Axelrod sniffed at the twelve state attorneys general who are taking the federal government to court over the health insurance mandate in the new law, saying it was "not suprising" because "any time a major piece of legislation is enacted, there are lawsuits that follow."
- Oops: Vice President Joe Biden eloquently describes passage of the health care bill as "a big f***ing deal."
- Make that two: Prior to his election, Mr. Obama vowed that the "public will have five days to look at every bill that lands on my desk" before he signs it into law. Obama signed the health care bill Tuesday morning, after the House passed it late Sunday night.