By Alice Click
Guest Commentary: Senator Manchin Needs To Hear about your disappointment

This is the really big disappointment:  When Joe Manchin was a candidate for U. S. Senate he stood shoulder to shoulder -- arm wrapped around her waist -- with Karen Cross of the West Virginians For Life -- in an ad promoting his solidarity with the citizens of this state who opposed the health care bill that is anti-life -- especially for the elderly and unborn.  

Many of the 87,000 supporters of this group -- took Manchin at his word.  And as well, they took Karen Cross' word that she had the assurance that Joe Manchin was telling the truth before endorsing him. Now there is a letter from the West Virginians for Life to all of the group's supporters across the state telling them:  "Senator Manchin Needs To Hear About Your Disappointment."

Numerous letters and calls from West Virginians for Life and the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) flooded newly elected Senator Joe Manchin's office to vote to repeal the Obama Healthcare Law.
“As enacted, the Obama Healthcare Law contains multiple provisions authorizing federal subsidies for abortion, and additional provisions on which future abortion-expanding regulatory mandates maybe based,” said David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., NRLC executive director.
“In addition, it contains multiple provisions that will, if fully implemented, result ingovernment-imposed rationing of lifesaving medical care,” added Burke J. Balch, J.D. director of NRLC’s RobertPowellCenter for Medical Ethics. “Among the most dangerous:
·The department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be empowered to impose so-called “quality and efficiency” measures on health care providers, based on recommendations by the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which is directed to force private health care spending below the rate of medical inflation. In many cases treatment that a doctor and patient deem needed or advisable to save that patient’s life or preserve or improve the patient’s health but which runs afoul of the imposed standards will be denied, even if the patient wants to pay for it.
·The law empowers HHS to prevent older Americans from making up with their own funds for the $555 billion the law cuts from Medicare by refusing to permit senior citizens the choice of private-fee-for-service plans whose premiums are sufficient to provide unrationed care but which HHS, in its unlimited discretion, disallows. The Obama Health Care Law could thus lead to elimination of the only way that seniors will have to escape rationing – by limiting their right to spend their own money to save their own lives.
·The law instructs and authorizes state bureaucrats to limit the value of the insurance policies that Americans may purchase. Not only will the exchanges exclude policies from competing in an exchange when government authorities do not agree with their premiums, but the exchanges will even exclude insurers whose plans outside the exchange offer consumers the ability to reduce the danger of treatment denial by spending what those government authorities claim to be an “excessive or unjustified” amount. This will create a “chilling effect,” deterring insurers who hope to compete within the exchanges from offering adequately funded plans even outside of them, so that consumers will find it increasingly difficult to obtain health insurance that offers adequate and unrationed health care.
“To summarize, the law is so riddled with provisions that violate right-to-life principles that it cannot simply be patched. It must be repealed, and any replacement legislation must contain all necessary safeguards for the right to life of the most vulnerable members of the human family,” Balch added.

We can only hope the citizens of this state remember that Joe Manchin was a NO SHOW on the sanctity of life -- and earlier on the sanctity of marriage a few weeks ago.