President Obama signed the Senate health care bill into law Tuesday. He did not sign the executive order on abortion negotiated with Michigan Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak in an 11th-hour arrangement that may well have saved the entire health care reform effort.
A White House official told Fox, Obama will not sign the Executive Order Tuesday and has set no specific date to do so. Stupak predicted Obama would sign the order later this week. The White House said only that Obama would sign the order “soon.”
In two celebratory speeches Tuesday – one at the bill’s signing, the other at the Interior Department with health care advocates – Obama said nothing about the abortion issue or the executive order.
Stupak, meanwhile, is under fire for accepting the order as his price for supporting the health care overhaul legislation, which passed on a vote of 219-212.
Stupak released a statement today defending the as-yet-unsigned executive order, placing it on a list of other significant orders that included Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation and Harry Truman’s 1948 order desegregating the U.S. armed forces.
“Throughout history, Executive Orders have been an important means of implementing public policy,” Stupak said in a statement. “The most famous Executive Order was the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Lincoln in 1863.”
After watching self-proclaimed “pro-life Democrat” Bart Stupak argue against the inclusion of his own language in the health care reform bill on Sunday night, calling it “the politicization of life,” I needed a shower just to rid myself of the slime. It was disgusting. It was amoral. Stupak should be absolutely ashamed of himself.
Not only that, but when Rep. Mike Pence stated that Stupak had exchanged a 30-year-old promise of barring federal funds from funding abortion in exchange for a worthless piece of paper signed by the most pro-abortion president in history, he was almost 100 percent correct.
Pence was correct in deeming Barack Obama the most pro-abortion president in history — after all, as an Illinois lawmaker he argued strenuously against the Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which would have guaranteed medical care for infants which survived botched abortion attempts. And he was correct in noting that an Executive Order is near worthless, as it does not trump statutory law and can be rescinded at any time.
Where Pence went wrong, and where Stupak comes off looking like a fool, is in saying that the Executive Order was signed by the president. As you can see, not only did the president NOT sign the order, but the White House has not even set a date for him to do so.
Will it be signed? At this point, who knows? If we’re depending upon Barack Obama’s word, we’ve seen what credibility that “word” has with regard to transparency and more.
As for Stupak’s comparison of his worthless piece of paper and the Emancipation Proclamation, the congressman is missing one minor detail: the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by the president of the United States; his worthless piece of paper, as of yet, has not been signed at all.
According to ABC News, President Barack Obama will indeed sign the Executive Order promised to Bart Stupak–along with $726,000 in airport grants–in order to garner his vote for health care reform, but will do so in private.
While the president is, in essence, keeping his word, it doesn’t change the reality that the Executive Order is non-binding, does not carry the weight of law, and is being signed by someone ashamed to be signing it.