Frightening to contemplate. Vote accordingly.
Frightening to contemplate. Vote accordingly.
“Four weeks out from an election, you can't hide from positions that ultimately are out of sync with how the majority of Americans think. I guarantee if you talk to not just Democratic women, but a whole bunch of Republican and Independent women, they will tell you they're very capable of making their own health care decisions. If you have a chance to meet these Dream Act kids, some of whom were brought here when they were two or three or five, and are American in every sense, except for their papers – love this country, have pledged allegiance to this flag, want to contribute – then you would reject the idea that somehow they should be deported to some country where they've never been.
But those are Governor Romney's positions, and we gotta make sure that the American people understand those positions.”
Imagine that. Democratic, Republican and Independent women are capable of making their own health care choices. Too bad Republicans are such control freaks when it comes to …well, everything. But especially women. Vote for them at your own peril.
“I don’t know where these guys come up with these ideas. Rape is rape. It is a crime…This is exactly why you don’t want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women’s health care.”
It features a woman who clearly lies about Romney’s positions, and then claims that she voted for Obama in 2008. The problem is well, that while you can find sites which back her up, they do so either in error or in order to deceive. The truth is in what Mr. Romney himself has recently said.
The Blunt Amendment allows your boss to decide for you whether or not you will get access to contraceptives through your health insurance. That’s right. And Mitt Romney said himself that he supports the Blunt amendment (@14:46 on the Maddow video).
“Of course I support the Blunt Amendment.”
“But I am pro-life and will intend, if I’m president of the United States, to encourage pro-life policies. [...] And I hope to appoint justices to the Supreme Court that will follow the law and the constitution. And it would be my preference that they reverse Roe v. Wade and therefore they return to the people and their elected representatives the decisions with regards to this important issue.”
“I’d be delighted to sign that bill.”
A Romney administration would end abortion, would take away our right to choose what we do with our own bodies.
No exceptions for anything. Not rape. Not incest. Not the life of the mother.
Factor this in with Romney's stance on the Blunt Amendment -- which would make it more difficult for you to obtain contraceptives since he will allow your boss to decide whether or not you could obtain contraceptives through your health insurance.
This is what Mitt Romney really supports. This is what the Republican War On Women is about. This is what it will mean to women if Mitt Romney is elected.
If you’re undecided at this point, you need to think hard about your options, and then go to the polls and vote for Barack Obama. Not to do so will affect you, your children, and your grandchildren in ways you can’t even begin to count.
Posted on 21 October 2012 at 04:34 PM in 2012 Election, 2012 Romney-Ryan, Abortion, Blunt Amendment, Contraception, Health Care, Mitt Romney, Mitt Romney Quotes, Rachel Maddow, Reproductive Rights, Republican War on Women, Republican-Strategy, Republicans, Republicans Hate Women, Right to Choose, Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court, The Plutocrat Ticket, Undecided Voters, VIDEO, Video Quotes | Permalink | Comments (1)
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A new ad by Rob Reiner for MoveOn, set to air in the swing states of Colorado and Virginia. Watch:
The stakes in this election are enormous. More than in any election in my lifetime. Vote. And vote for Barack Obama.
“If anyone had a doubt about what’s at stake in this election when it comes to women’s rights, and the Supreme Court, I'm sure they were settled last night.
It was made clear last night that they don't believe in protecting a woman's access to health care. It was made very clear that they do not believe a woman has a right to control her own body. These guys have a social policy out of the fifties.”
You should also take a look at the GOP Platform within which Republicans codified their war against women.
Posted on 13 October 2012 at 08:23 PM in 2012 Election, 2012 Romney-Ryan, Abortion, Debates, Health Care, Joe Biden, Joe Biden Quotes, Obama Campaign, Paul Ryan, Republican War on Women, Republicans, Republicans Hate Women, Right to Choose, Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court, Video Quotes, What's at Stake in the 2012 Election | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Mitt Romney, 10/3/12: I will not reduce the taxes paid by high income Americans.
Mitt Romney, 2/22/12: There were so many misrepresentations in there it's going to take me a little while. Number one, I said today that we're going to cut taxes on everyone across the country by twenty percent—including the top one percent.
Mitt Romney, 10/3/12: The key to great schools? Great teachers. So I reject the idea that I don't believe in great teachers or more teachers.
Mitt Romney, 6/8/12: He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government.
Mitt Romney, 10/3/12: Actually, it's a lengthy description, but number one, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.
Mitt Romney, 3/27/12: If they're 45 years old and they show up and they say I want insurance because I've got heart disease, it's like: "Hey guys, we can't play the game like that." You've got to get insurance when you're well, and then if you get ill, then you're going to be covered.
Sheesh…..it’s certainly become very clear that Mitt Romney is not to be trusted at all.
Via Bob Cesca
JIM LEHRER: Good evening from the Magness Arena at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. I’m Jim Lehrer of the PBS NewsHour, and I welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates between President Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee.
This debate and the next three -- two presidential, one vice- presidential -- are sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Tonight’s 90 minutes will be about domestic issues, and will follow a format designed by the commission. There will be six roughly 15-minute segments, with two-minute answers for the first question, then open discussion for the remainder of each segment.
Posted on 04 October 2012 at 11:33 AM in 2012 Election, Barack Obama Quotes, Debates, Defense Spending, Deficit, Economy, Education, Federal Budget, Health Care, Medicaid, Medicare, Mitt Romney, Mitt Romney Quotes, ObamaCare, President Barack Obama, Presidential Debates, Tax Policy, Tax Reform, Transcripts, VIDEO, Video Quotes | Permalink | Comments (0)
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“We cannot lose the debate about Medicare because if we do--forget Democrats, forget Republicans--Medicare is gone. We'll be back to a time before Lyndon Johnson. We will be putting seniors at the mercy of insurance companies by giving them a voucher but not a guarantee.
And the severing of that guarantee, the architect of that, is Paul Ryan.”
Posted on 27 September 2012 at 10:13 AM in 112th Congress, 2012 Election, 2012 Romney-Ryan, Health Care, Medicare, Morning Quote, Nancy Pelosi, Paul Ryan, Paul Ryan Plan to End Medicare, Political Quotes, Quotations, Quotes About Paul Ryan, Republicans, Republicans Hate the Elderly, Ryan Plan, The 1 Percent, The Plutocrat Ticket | Permalink | Comments (0)
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“Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to neutralize Democratic attacks on their plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program for future seniors by replaying the GOP’s 2010 campaign against Democratic members of Congress: by attacking President Obama for Medicare cuts he signed into law.
As has been noted repeatedly, that strategy requires Romney and Ryan to disavow Medicare reforms the GOP recently endorsed overwhelmingly as a part of the party’s budget, which Ryan authored.
But the ticket also contends that a key difference between Obama and Romney is that Romney won’t change Medicare at all for existing beneficiaries — only future ones. Recent statements from his advisers and surrogates, suggest the claim is false.
As outlined in a memo the campaign released Saturday, Romney plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, and thus to spend over $700 billion more on the program in the coming decade than the government would spend if the health care law stands.
That commitment would leave Medicare poised for insolvency in 2016, years before he proposes to phase in the voucher system. Which means Romney would have two options: find new Medicare cuts or taxes to extend the life of the program, or preside over its demise.
On Fox News Sunday, Romney adviser Ed Gillespie tried to address the conundrum. “There are other reforms as well. As you know Governor Romney supports increasing over time bringing the Medicare eligibility age in line with the Social Security retirement age.”
But raising the Medicare eligibility age is a benefit cut, and implementing
“ When a gang of criminals subvert legitimate government offices and seize all power to themselves without the real consent of the governed their every act and edict is of itself illegal and is outside the bounds of the Rule of Law. In such cases submission is treason. Treason against the Constitution and the valid legitimate government of the nation to which we have pledged our allegiance for years. To resist by all means that are right in the eyes of God is not rebellion or insurrection, it is patriotic resistance to invasion.
May all of us fall on our faces before the Heavenly Judge, repent of our sins, and humbly cry out to Him for mercy on our country. And, may godly courageous leaders rise up in His wisdom and power to lead us in displacing the criminal invaders from their seats and restore our constitutional republic. ”
Mike Vanderboegh, a wingnut blogger who among other things, was responsible for the Fast and Furious mess, continues to pose harm to this country with his idea of achieving a dubious sort of fame. Via Media Matters, emphasis mine:
Mike Vanderboegh, the ex-militia blogger who calls himself one of the "midwives" of the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, recently predicted that if the Supreme Court declared the health care reform bill to be constitutional, it would lead to violent insurrection against "government tyranny."
The blogger posted the statements, which come from a recent unpublished interview, the same day the House of Representatives voted to find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over his unwillingness to release documents related to Fast and Furious.
In the excerpts Vanderboegh posted on his blog "which deal with the decision today," he says of a then-potential decision upholding the health care law, "You may call tyranny a mandate or you may call it a tax, but it still is tyranny and invites the same response." He further predicts the response of his ilk: "If we refuse to obey, we will be fined. If we refuse to pay the fine, we will in time be jailed. If we refuse to report meekly to jail, we will be sent for by armed men. And if we refuse their violent invitation at the doorsteps of our own homes we will be killed -- unless we kill them first. ... I am on record as advocating the right of defensive violence against a tyrannical regime."
Vanderboegh gained fame in 2010 when he urged his readers to respond to the passage of health care reform by breaking the windows of Democratic offices, then took credit after vandals struck several such offices. The Alabama-based blogger has previously been part of the militia and Minuteman movements, and leads the Three Percenters, a group which claims to represent the three percent of gun owners who "who will not disarm, will not compromise and will no longer back up at the passage of the next gun control act" but will instead, "if forced by any would-be oppressor, ... kill in the defense of ourselves and the Constitution."
Vanderboegh was one of the first to break the story that ATF whistleblowers said that they had been ordered to knowingly allow gun trafficking suspects to take weapons across the border into Mexico. The operation was intended to allow law enforcement to identify other members of the trafficking network that for years has directed assault weapons into the hands of Mexican cartels, with the goal of bringing those cartels down. He has said that he and a fellow blogger were the "midwives of the scandal" who introduced the whistleblowers to congressional investigators. He has theorized that the operation was part of a secret plot against the Second Amendment directed from the highest levels of government.
Posted on 29 June 2012 at 12:00 PM in Affordable Care Act, Armed Insurrection, Fast and Furious, Health Care, Mike Vanderboegh, Republicans, Republicans Hate Democracy, Republicans Threaten Violence, Right Wing Extremeists, Right Wing Watch, Supreme Court Rulings, Wingnuts | Permalink | Comments (0)
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“We've made it pretty clear and I'll make it clear one more time: If the court does not strike down the entire law, the House will move to repeal what's left of it.”
That said, we need to thoroughly educate the public on the benefits of the ACA so that it becomes unpopular to cry “repeal”. And more than that, we need to make sure that not only does President Obama win a second term, but that the House and Senate are both under Democratic control by a healthy majority!
From the opinion of the Supreme Court in the section on the mandate [of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)], the Court has upheld the mandate as a tax:
“Our precedent demonstrates that Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax. This is sufficient to sustain it. ”
“ As long as I’m President of the United States, I will never allow Medicare to be turned into a voucher that would end the program as we know it. We will not go back to the days when our citizens spent their golden years at the mercy of private insurance companies.
We will reform Medicare -- not by shifting the cost of care to seniors, but by reducing the spending that isn’t making people healthier.
That’s what’s at stake in this election. ”
Not to be too cynical or anything, but I strongly believe that if a Republican wins the presidency this time, it will be unlike all other times in American history. It will be very, very bad for the future of this country and the people.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I want to thank so many of our Neighborhood Team Leaders for being here today. You guys will be the backbone of this campaign. And I want the rest of you to join a team or become a leader yourself, because we are going to win this thing the old-fashioned way -- door by door, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood.
Ohio, four years ago, you and I began a journey together.
I didn’t run, and you didn’t work your hearts out, just to win an election. We came together to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth.
President Obama’s landmark health-care initiative, long touted as a means to control costs, will actually add more than $340 billion to the nation’s budget woes over the next decade, according to a new study by a Republican member of the board that oversees Medicare financing.
That sounds pretty legit, right?
Actually, no. It’s not even remotely legit.
The first thing to understand here is that this is not a study by a government agency. It’s a paper by Charles Blahous. Who is Charles Blahous? He’s a Republican policy guy. By tradition, the president appoints a member of each party to serve as a trustee of Medicare and Social Security. Blahous, who served under George W. Bush and was active in his attempt to introduce private accounts into Social Security, is the Republican trustee. But the other trustee, Robert Reischauer, has zero to do with his paper. It was published by the Mercatus Center, a Koch-funded organization that produces some quality work as well as a fair amount of schlock that does not meet the standards of your typical university economics paper. This paper is an example of the latter.
The Affordable Care Act spends a bunch of money to cover people who are too poor or sick to afford their own health care. To pay for that, it raises some taxes and cuts a bunch of spending from Medicare. The new revenue and the spending cuts outweigh the cost of the new spending, which is why the Congressional Budget Office projected it to reduce the deficit. Projections always have a margin for error attached, but the CBO’s two year update actually bumped up the savings projections a bit.
Posted on 10 April 2012 at 04:38 PM in Affordable Care Act, Charles Blahous, David and Charles Koch, Deficit, Government Spending, Health Care, Jonathan Chait, Koch Brothers, Legislation, Lying Liars, Medicare, Mercatus Center, ObamaCare, President Barack Obama, Republicans, Republicans Hate Democracy, Right Wing Memes, Right Wing Think Tanks, Right Wing Watch, Ryan Plan, Washington Post | Permalink | Comments (0)
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“The employees of the Catholic Church have to be provided by the Catholic Church with health care that gives them free contraceptive and free sterilization treatments and morning-after pills despite the fact that this violates the conscience of the Catholic Church.”
Let’s be clear here--that act alone would make these right wing justices activist judges if they weren’t already activist judges given their Citizens United ruling in 2010, and for some, the Bush v. Gore ruling in 2000.
REP. STEVE KING (R-IA): “If we’re going to respect judge-made law and stop praying in our public schools, that was the beginning of the judicial activism that’s begun to break down this civilization, and this culture.”
SEN. JOHN CORNYN (R-TX): “Unelected and serving with lifetime tenure, and substituting their view for the views of the people’s…the people and their elected representatives. That’s not the way our democracy is supposed to work.”
SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY (R-IA): “Judges are not policymakers. That’s what we are in the Congress of the United States. Judges are called on to decide the facts and to apply the law.”
We must hold them accountable.
Via Think Progress
Posted on 29 March 2012 at 09:46 PM in Affordable Care Act, Charles Grassley, Corporate Shills, Corporatist Right WIng SCOTUS, GOP, Health Care, John Cornyn, Judicial Activism, Republicans, Right Wing Memes, Right Wing Watch, SCOTUS, Steve King, Steve King Quotes, Supreme Court, Supreme Court Rulings, Talking Points, VIDEO | Permalink | Comments (0)
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“I suspect they're going to rule it constitutional, but that is a big guess out of thin air.”
I suspect he’s right.
Not that long ago, if you had a decent job, you could be pretty sure that it offered healthcare coverage, and that it would not be completely unaffordable.
What this says is that the system that has provided workable insurance coverage to many (but not enough) Americans is coming apart at the seams. And this in turn means that if health reform goes down, we’re going to be looking at a wave of misery spreading across the land.
SCOTUS begins their debate on the Affordable Care Act tomorrow.
“According to the 2010 Commonwealth Fund survey, 72% of jobless Americans said they couldn't afford to fill a prescription or obtain needed medical tests. Worse, 40% said that medical bills forced them into difficult financial decisions, such as depleting their savings, or being unable to pay for necessities like food, heat or rent. These are choices patients should never be forced to make.”
Here’s the basic outline of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s 2013 budget in one sentence: Ryan’s budget funds trillions of dollars in tax cuts, defense spending and deficit reduction by cutting deeply into health-care programs and income supports for the poor.
You see where Ezra said “Ryan’s budget funds trillions of dollars in tax cuts”? Of course you do. But here’s my point. The tax cuts will go disproportionately to the upper upper income brackets, same as all Republican tax cuts have done since Ronald Reagan took office. You know, that trickle down pile of crap. And, it should be noted, unlike President Obama’s budget plan, Ryan’s plan provides no new revenue because he won’t increase taxes on the wealthy, and he is afraid of the political power of the middle class, so increasing middle class taxes is not going to happen under this plan. But lest you think “aha.....at least he left the middle class alone”, Ryan’s budget cuts, and cuts hard, aid to the poor, and the subsidies which many uninsured middle class Americans would have received to help pay for health care insurance. Ezra again:
Ryan prides himself on making tough choices. But where such choices need to be made for politically powerful constituencies — say, the tax breaks offered to the wealthy and the middle class, or the benefits offered to current seniors — Ryan punts. Changes for seniors don’t begin for a decade, the tax breaks Ryan will close to pay for his tax cuts go unnamed, and, of course, there are no tax increases at all. When such choices need to be made for programs that the poor depend on, however, Ryan is considerably more specific, and considerably more willing to inflict real budgetary pain on current beneficiaries.
Gone would be the $1.5 trillion that the Affordable Care Act uses to subsidize health insurance for 30 million uninsured Americans. Medicaid would be cut by a third ($770 million), and Medicare would see $200 billion in cuts. The chart is from the CBO, via Ezra Klein, and provides a picture of how massive these cuts to health care programs would be.
Ryan’s next significant source of cuts is so-called “other mandatory.” Compared to the president’s budget, Ryan cuts $1.8 trillion from this category. Some of that might simply be an accounting difference: The president’s budget proposes to move infrastructure spending from the “discretionary” side of the budget to the “mandatory” side. Ryan might be moving that back, which isn’t, in and of itself, a spending cut. But beyond that, the main programs in “other mandatory” are low-income supports like refundable tax credits for the poor and food stamps. Ryan is cutting these quite substantially.
So, I urge you, before this budget comes to the floor for a vote, be sure to call your congressional representatives and direct them to vote “NO” as the only acceptable response to Paul Ryan’s 2013 federal budget!
Adding......in spite of deep cuts to programs that are vital to the health and well being of the American people, Paul Ryan saw fit to increase defense spending.
Image credit: Joshua Roberts-Reuters
Posted on 21 March 2012 at 09:37 AM in 112th Congress, Affordable Care Act, Charts, Defense Spending, Deficit, Federal Budget, Government Spending, Health Care, Medicaid, Medicare, Paul Ryan, Paul Ryan Plan to End Medicare, Republicans, Republicans Hate Poor People, Republicans Hate the Middle Class, Right Wing Extremeists, Right Wing Watch, Romney-Ryan Economic Plan, The 1 Percent | Permalink | Comments (0)
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“It really has to do with what your principles and what your core is. I have a core.... And that's a sharp contrast with Mitt Romney, who was for RomneyCare.... this is someone who doesn't have a core. He's been on both sides of almost every single issue in the past ten years.”
“On so many fronts, there could be no person in this country we could nominate who would be any worse on taking on Barack Obama on the most important issue of the day, ObamaCare, than Gov. Romney. And it's the equivalent of malpractice to nominate someone who gives away the most important issue in this race.”
No ecoli conservatism happening in this race.
Posted on 17 March 2012 at 11:00 AM in 2012 Election, Affordable Care Act, Deficit, Ecoli Conservatism, Economy, GOP, Health Care, Mitt Romney, Morning Quote, Obama Policies, ObamaCare, Political Quotes, Quotations, Quotes About Mitt Romney, Republicans, Republicans Hate Poor People, Republicans Hate the Middle Class, Rick Santorum, Rick Santorum Quotes, Right Wing Extremeists, Right Wing Memes, Right Wing Watch | Permalink | Comments (1)
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“Why extremists always focus on women, remains a mystery to me, but they all seem to.
It doesn't matter what country they're in, or what religion they claim, they all want to control women, they want to control how we dress, they want to control how we act, they even want to control the decisions that we make about our own health and our own bodies.
Yes, it is hard to believe, but even here at home, we have to stand up for women's rights and reject efforts to marginalize any one of us, because America needs to set an example for the entire world.”
The quote is at 23:51.
“Planned Parenthood, we're going to get rid of that.”
- Mitt Romney in an interview with KSDK-TV.
“I'm not diminishing the heavy lifting of grass roots activism, but it's brilliant politics on the part of the president. This wasn't a national issue until the White House decided to address it. More people needed to be included and know that the Republican party has been operating like Clockwork Orange in state houses across the country, quite literally putting women's liberty in a rape room that may or may not have to be sterile.
They've been harassing and extorting the elderly with cuts to Medicaid and public transportation, and increased bureaucracy fees-- overwhelming fixed incomes everywhere like corporate thugs stealing purses on the subway. They've legislated unconstitutional barriers to the ballot boxes while altering their own bullshit Stooge-democracy election results as they go. Massive cuts to children's education and minimal nutritional assistance. Drug testing adults for food!
Just because we don't see the fire hoses and dogs doesn't mean the general idea has changed at all.
They're stealing real liberty-- not that fake threatened liberty that only exists in right wing America's idea of the Civil Rights Act and a slight tax increase on dead beat corporations. They're stealing power, liberty, and treasury from the many to give to the few and they're just stuffing them like prize pigs at this point. It's a twisted sort of cruelty to pigs.
This was a much needed wake up call to solidarity going out to women in America, and leave it to Rush Limbaugh to do the rest. Raising this issue brought the Republican party's degenerate agenda out in the open while we get to bear witness to the possible fall of Rush Limbaugh-- On president Obama's watch.”
Although Limbaugh made a non-apology apology, national advertisers, under some pressure on social media sites such as Twitter, are canceling their ad contracts in near droves. Two radio stations have also cancelled Limbaugh’s show, and it’s beginning to look like Rush’s radio show may go the way of Glenn Beck’s television show. And that is a very good thing.
So anyway, Stewart threw on a hazmat thingy to protect himself from Limbaugh’s bile, and dove into the slime.
“To the people who are upset about their hard-earned tax money going to things they don't like: Welcome to the f*cking club. Reimburse me for the Iraq war and oil subsidies, and diaphragms are on me!”
Posted on 06 March 2012 at 03:00 PM in Contraception, Health Care, Jon Stewart, Jon Stewart Quotes, Political Quotes, Quotations, Republican War on Women, Republicans, Republicans Hate Women, Right Wing Extremeists, Right Wing Memes, Rush Limbaugh, Sandra Fluke, Video Quotes | Permalink | Comments (0)
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“I don't think we've seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, religious tolerance that we've seen under Barack Obama.”
Think about that one for a moment. The Obama administration is including contraception coverage as part of preventive health care for Americans -- a decision a clear majority of the country heartily supports. The administration is exempting churches and other houses of worship, and has crafted a compromise so that religiously-affiliated employers will not have to pay for contraception coverage directly.
This is the biggest "attack" on religious freedom in the history of the United States? How is it, exactly, that a sane person could believe this?
Or more to the point, how is it that a Mormon, whose church faced actual attacks and discrimination, could see contraception access as a more serious assault on "religious tolerance"?
Under Romneycare, the state’s Commonwealth Care — which offers subsidized, low or no-cost insurance program for low-income residents without access to employer-sponsored health insurance — provides primary and preventive care that includes “family planning services” and prescription contraceptives. Massachusetts employers that are not “a church or qualified church-controlled organization” must also cover hormone replacement therapy and all FDA-approved contraceptive methods.
In 2005, Romney also “signed a bill that could expand the number of people who get family-planning services, including the morning-after pill.” Romney even pressured the state Department of Health and Human Services to issue regulations that required Catholic hospitals to issue the morning after pill to rape victims, despite initially vetoing the bill and claiming that the pill constituted an “abortifacient.” “My personal view in my heart of hearts is that people who are subject to rape should have the option of having emergency contraceptives or emergency contraceptive information,” he told the Boston Herald at the time.
Of one thing I have no doubt whatsoever. Mr. Romney is a most egregious liar.
Santorum made this particular comment on February 5, at the Grace Bible Church in Columbia, Missouri. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family (the Christian organization which was the subject of Jeffrey Sharlet’s book “The Family”) and a Santorum supporter (Dobson endorsed Santorum), moderated the forum.
“In the Netherlands people wear a different bracelet if you're elderly and the bracelet is 'do not euthanize me.' Because they have voluntary euthanasia in the Netherlands, but half the people who are euthanized every year, and it's 10 percent of all deaths for the Netherlands, half of those people are euthanized involuntarily at hospitals because they are older and sick. And so elderly people in the Netherlands don't go to the hospital, they go to another country, because they are afraid, because of budget purposes, that they will not come out of that hospital if they go in with sickness.”
As you might imagine, his inaccurate and patently false comments regarding a law regulating end of life procedures in the Netherlands, caused quite an uproar in the Netherlands.
First, let's review the law. The 2001 Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide (Review Procedures) Act allows Dutch citizens to end their lives if they are suffering from a medical condition that causes "unbearable suffering with no prospect of improvement." There are two end-of-life procedures: euthanasia, where a doctor administers a fatal drug, or assisted suicide, where the doctor prescribes the fatal drug and the patient administers it. The law took effect on April 1, 2002.
According to a publication distributed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, doctors must be satisfied that the patient's request is "voluntary and well-considered," and that there is "unbearable suffering with no prospect for improvement." The patient's doctor must consult at least one other independent doctor, who is responsible for ensuring the "due care criteria" is met.
After the termination of a patient's life, the death must be reported to the government and reviewed by regional committees composed of, at a minimum, a doctor, ethicist and legal expert.
Now, let's look at Santorum's three claims. We'll begin with a stunning claim that the elderly are so afraid of being euthanized for "budget purposes" that they wear "do not euthanize me" bracelets. We were told by a government official and a representative of a Dutch physicians' association that this is simply not true.
When we contacted the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, public health spokeswoman Inge Freriksen told us that "a bracelet asking not to be euthanized doesn't exist." Patients would only be euthanized after they followed the set of guidelines as outlined above.
“The Republican Party is extremely pro-woman.”
“[I]nterestingly enough, here is what they are forcing them to do — in an insurance policy, they or [sic] forcing them to pay for something that costs just a few dollars. Is that what insurance is for? The foundational idea that we have the [sic] government tells you that you have to pay for everything as a business. Things that are not really things you need insurance for, and still forcing on something [sic] that is not a critical economic need, when you have an economic distress, where you would need insurance. But forcing them even more to do it for minor expenses.”
(Maybe you see this as nitpicky, but honestly, I am very disinclined to once again call a man who can’t manage to speak the English language properly, the leader of the most powerful country on Earth. Not to mention the fact that we’re also the largest English-speaking nation on Earth.)
Rick Santorum continued to rail against President Obama’s so-called war against religion during a town hall in Plano, Texas Wednesday night. The former Pennsylvania senator — who has spent the last several days criticizing the government’s requirement that insurers provide contraception coverage and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision striking down Proposition 8 — accused the administration of “crushing” religion and setting the United States on the path towards executing religious people by decapitation:
SANTORUM: “They are taking faith and crushing it. Why? Why? When you marginalize faith in America, when you remove the pillar of God-given rights, then what’s left is the French Revolution. What’s left is the government that gives you right, what’s left are no unalienable rights, what’s left is a government that will tell you who you are, what you’ll do and when you’ll do it. What’s left in France became the guillotine. Ladies and gentlemen, we’re a long way from that, but if we do and follow the path of President Obama and his overt hostility to faith in America, then we are headed down that road.”
And, according to the latest polling, this guy is the new favored leader of the Republicans. Seriously.
Posted on 10 February 2012 at 01:22 PM in 2012 Election, Contraception, Health Care, Moronic Quote of the Day, Political Quotes, President Barack Obama, Quotations, Religion, Republican War on Women, Republicans, Republicans Hate Women, Rick Santorum, Rick Santorum Quotes, Right Wing Extremeists, Right Wing Memes, Right Wing Watch | Permalink | Comments (0)
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“I have no problem with folks saying ‘Obama Cares.’ I do care. If the other side wants to be the folks who don’t care, that’s fine with me.”
I've long thought that we should turn it around on the right wing, and use the term as a badge of honor.
The great healthcare system that the Republicans see as the lynchpin of our freedom has not exactly been doing a great job. It spends up to 50 percent more per capita than other countries and is now providing healthcare in which, in some regions, life-spans are actually declining. Money quote:
Large swaths of the United States are showing decreasing or stagnating life expectancy even as the nation’s overall longevity trend has continued upwards, according to a county-by-county study of life expectancy over two decades.
In one-quarter of the country, girls born today may live shorter lives than their mothers, and the country as a whole is falling behind other industrialized nations in the march toward longer life, according to the study.
“….the ACA [Affordable Care Act] is specifically designed to ensure that insurance is affordable, whereas Ryancare just hands out vouchers and washes its hands. Specifically, the ACA subsidy system (pdf) sets a maximum percentage of income that families are expected to pay for insurance, on a sliding scale that rises with income. To the extent that the actual cost of a minimum acceptable policy exceeds that percentage of income, subsidies make up the difference.
Ryancare, by contrast, provides a fixed sum — end of story. And because this fixed sum would not grow with rising health care costs, it’s almost guaranteed to fall far short of the actual cost of insurance.
This is also why Ryancare is NOT premium support; it’s a voucher system. No matter how much they say it isn’t, that’s exactly what it is.”
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