If you thought the tea party was over, think again. Kathleen Sebelius just shot a flare into a dynamite factory.
On Monday night, Ms. Sebelius’s Department of Health and Human Services released a final decree concerning a troubling codicil in the individual mandate section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Boil it down, and it comes to this: Next year, every American adult will be required by law to pay for abortions.
It’s not easy to pull the pin from the same grenade twice, but the Democrats continue to amaze.
I love this scandal. It doesn’t even have a name yet. It hasn’t even begun, and I’m already head-over-heels. It’s beautiful from so many angles. Let me count the ways.
First: There’s no way out.
Republicans aren’t interested in fixing the law. They’re committed to repealing Obamacare in its entirety, and the vast majority of Americans agree with them. As a corollary, the Democrats can’t even enter the “fix-it” conversation publicly because it’s a Pandora’s Box. There aren’t a few flaws that need to be fixed in Obamacare. As written, the law is flawed to its core. One policy analyst whose full-time job is to study Obamacare said, “It’s as if a bunch of plumbers, electricians and contractors showed up at the same work site and started to build without a blueprint.”
One fix would lead to another and another until the whole program became a laughingstock. Right now, over 60% of Americans disapprove of the law. The Democrats know that sunlight would be Obamacare’s death knell.
Second: Taxpayer-funded abortions
That hideous phrase is going to be tattooed on every local, state and federal Democratic candidate from now until November.
Roughly half of America believes that abortion itself is immoral and should be illegal, but a full 75% of our citizenry are against the use of our hard-earned tax dollars to pay for them. It’s difficult to get 75% of Americans to agree on the color of the sky. But when it comes to taxpayer-funded abortions, their minds are made up, and they are firmly in the GOP’s corner.
Third: This will kick-start the tea party.
Many on the left want to believe that the tea party is dead and gone. It isn’t. They haven’t been demonstrating, but they’re still meeting regularly in local chapters all over the country. They still send out email updates. They still get together to hear and vet candidates.
In June of 2009, they rose up and organized against Obamacare. They made their congressmen brave when they went back to Washington. Taxpayer-funded abortions are just as likely to draw their ire in 2012. And today, they’re battle-tested, seasoned activists.
Expect to hear from them soon.