Terry Jeffrey

How would you react if House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, ordered you to pay for health-insurance plans that provide abortions?

Or ordered you to give President Barack Obama the money he needs to implement a regulation that forces Christians to act against their faith?

Or cut a deal with Obama to give Obama the money to enforce Obamacare's dictatorial health-insurance mandate on individuals -- but not on big businesses?

Would you consider Boehner a good conservative? A good Republican? A leader who stands with courage in defense of liberty?

The truth is Boehner has already cut deals with Obama that made you pay for the initial implementation of Obamacare.

He now appears poised to cut another deal. This one will make you pay for the final implementation of Obamacare. It will make you pay for the actual enforcement of a regulation that forces Christians to act against their faith. It will make you pay for the actual enforcement of the individual mandate -- but not the employer mandate Obama has suspended. And it will make you pay for a new system of federal subsidies that will move a large part of the middle class onto the dole and allow people to use tax dollars to buy health plans that provide abortions.

After Congress narrowly passed Obamacare in 2010, that year's midterm election became a referendum on the law. Backed by the grass-roots activism of the tea party movement, Republicans won control of the House. John Boehner replaced Nancy Pelosi as speaker.

When the new Congress was seated in 2011, the government was funded by a continuing resolution (CR) that expired on March 18 of that year. Because the Constitution says that "no money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in consequence of appropriations made by law," Boehner's Republican House had a veto over what the Obama administration would be able to spend money on after that date.

Representatives Steve King, R-Iowa, and Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., joined by other House conservatives, called on Boehner to put language in the March 2011 CR to prohibit funding for implementation of Obamacare.

Boehner would not do it. Instead, the Republican House passed its first in a series of government-funding deals permitting implementation.

Terry Jeffrey

Terence P. Jeffrey is the editor-in-chief of CNSNews

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