Wed 15 Feb 2012
Now that it is Wednesday, I would like to take a quick look at some of the hot issue of this week and maybe even some of the issues that fly under the radar. I hope you like them. Let me know what you like and what you don’t like.
It is amazing that the Teapublicans are trying to hang their hats on the issue of contraception! Especially when they are teamed up with the squeaky clean Catholic Bishops! The Senate is actually holding a vote today on an amendment that would allow any and all corporations the right to exempt themselves from the Obamacare requirement that all health insurance plans include free access to contraception services.
“Today, the Senate will hold a vote on a Republican substitute introduced by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), which would allow any and all insurers and employers to deny their employees health benefits and services required by federal law based on their personal religious or moral objections. The measure has 37 co-sponsors — including the GOP leadership, women Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski (AK), Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX), Kelly Ayotte (NH), Democrat Ben Nelson (NE), and Republican Scott Brown (MA). Brown has supported expansive conscience protections for religious organizations throughout his legislative career, but voted for a tougher contraception mandate as a Massachusetts state representative in 2002 and approved of a law requiring all hospitals — including Catholic institutions — to provide emergency contraception to rape victims in 2005. ” Think Progress
It would seem that this vote is a lose, lose situation for the Teapublicans. Of course, they should be used to that by now. It seems that not even Catholic women agree with the hard line taken by the Catholic Bishops. ” Catholic voters are breaking with the Church’s opposition to insurance coverage of contraception, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds. Sixty-five percent of voters — including a majority of Catholics — “said they supported the Obama administration’s requirement that health insurance plans cover the cost of birth control, and 59 percent, said the health insurance plans of religiously affiliated employers should cover the cost of birth control.” A Public Policy Polling survey conducted on Friday similarly found that 57 percent of Catholic voters — and 59 percent of Catholic women — support the requirement. Under the administration’s policy, “women who work for institutions like Catholic hospitals and universities can obtain birth control from their insurance company without a co-pay, but their employers don’t have to include contraception in their healthcare plans.” Think Progress Health
The Teapublicans are making the wrong choice on contraception, but we shouldn’t be surprised by that. They are choosing to “defend” the Catholic Bishops demand that Catholic Universities and Hospitals be allowed to discriminate against employees and hospital patrons that do not believe as they do. The Bishops don’t even enjoy the benefit of their own followers agreeeing with them. A lose-lose situation for the Teapublicans is a win-win situation for the country!
Those are my Wednesday’s Shorts. Take a look at them and at the sites where I found the stories and let us know what you think! We’ll be waiting for you! Let’s hear from you! Don’t be shy, take a stand! There is too much at stake for you to hold back what you feel.
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