I know that whatever emerges from Congress is going to be one big fat wet kiss on the behind of the insurance companies, but I am encouraged, even if only for a moment before he caves (which he will, because it's more important to keep Republicans happy than the people who actually voted for him), that Barack Obama doesn't think that women's healthcare needs to be sacrificed in order to pass a bill
President Obama suggested Monday that he was not comfortable with abortion restrictions inserted into the House version of major health care legislation, and he prodded Congress to revise them.
“There needs to be some more work before we get to the point where we’re not changing the status quo” on abortion, Mr. Obama said in an interview with ABC News. “And that’s the goal.”
On the one hand, Mr. Obama said, “we’re not looking to change what is the principle that has been in place for a very long time, which is federal dollars are not used to subsidize abortions.”
On the other hand, he said, he wanted to make sure “we’re not restricting women’s insurance choices,” because he had promised that “if you’re happy and satisfied with the insurance that you have, it’s not going to change.”
Before passing its health bill on Saturday, the House adopted an amendment that would block the use of federal money for “any health plan that includes coverage of abortion,” except in the case of rape or incest or if the life of a pregnant woman is in danger.
Some private insurance now covers abortion. Under the bill, most private insurers would receive federal subsidies on behalf of low- and middle-income people.
Which means that under the Stupak Amendment, private insurers would not be allowed to cover abortion.
I don't get to pick and choose what my tax dollars pay for. I don't like my tax dollars paying for wars entered into because the President who gets us into them has issues with his daddy. I don't like my tax dollars paying for bombs and fighter jets we don't need. There are many things the government does for which I don't want my tax dollars paying. But we don't get to pick and choose. The only people who have been allowed to pick and choose are the fetophiles, many of whom are the same people who are gung-ho to go to war and kill lots of brown Muslim people. Why do THEY get to pick and choose?
We've already seen that the next battleground for the fetophiles is contraception. How long do you think it's going to take before the Pill and the IUD and depo-provera shots are not covered because a few vocal Bible-thumpers think that evil temptresses who won't keep their legs closed deserve the punishment of pregnancy, and don't think the government should subsidize sex that doesn't include punishment?
And another county heard from: Caribou Barbie, who seemingly attempted her own version of late-term abortion by insisting on traveling from Texas to Alaska after her water broke, has another garbled missive from Idiotstan
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