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McConnell: GOP Will Fight To Let ANY Employer Deny Birth Control Coverage


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Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:20 PM

Do they really think this is a winning issue for them? Or are they just so desperate and stupid at this point that they'll latch on to anything?

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Not satisfied with President Obama’s new religious accommodation, Republicans will move forward with legislation by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) that permits any employer to deny birth control coverage in their health insurance plans, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Sunday.

“If we end up having to try to overcome the President’s opposition by legislation, of course I’d be happy to support it, and intend to support it,” McConnell said. “We’ll be voting on that in the Senate and you can anticipate that that would happen as soon as possible.”

The Blunt amendment he was specifically referring to would “ensure that health care stakeholders retain the right to provide, purchase, or enroll in health coverage that is consistent with their religious beliefs and moral convictions” under the Affordable Care Act. Similar legislation was introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) before the White House announced Friday that it would allow religious nonprofits such as charities, hospitals and universities to opt out of paying for contraception coverage and force the insurance company to do so instead.

White House chief of staff Jack Lew, asked about the Blunt amendment after McConnell’s remarks, declined to delve into the issue but predicted that “it’s not going to come to pass.”

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:49 PM

At some point wives and girlfriends, reguardless of degree of conservatism or religious affiliation are going to say: enough already !!

Many years ago Loretta Lynn was warned she would get "in trouble" for writing and singing a song called "The Pill". In reality it was a very big hit. As you can imagine its not really a "guy song"; somebody must have bought it...
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Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:52 PM

Well, one thing you have to give the GOP. When they dig in their heels, they really
dig in their heels.

Keep digging guys.
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Posted 12 February 2012 - 06:28 PM

Go for it, Mitch, you genius!

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 06:41 PM

View Postcmk, on 12 February 2012 - 05:20 PM, said:

Do they really think this is a winning issue for them? Or are they just so desperate and stupid at this point that they'll latch on to anything?
Incredibly stupid. Take a look at McConnell's face, the walking dead in pink.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 09:26 PM

They never cease to amaze me at their total obsession with having power at any cost. As I drove to San Diego today, I was listening to right wing radio. One of the speakers from CPAC, a young lady, was speaking about how 2008 was a defining year for her. First, Obama was elected and secondly, she became a mother for the first time. Both events made her realize that Obama really hated her and people like her. Obama actually did not like Americans at all. He turns his nose up at us and is the most arrogant POTUS ever. I turned it off. These people are tribalists. I am reminded of the Star Trek episode with the half white/black races...same thing.
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Posted 12 February 2012 - 09:37 PM

What the fluck? So the Republican party has now decided to officially become the He-Man Woman Haters club? This whole thing is sad.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 09:52 PM

I guess they really wanted to sure up the base! Independents are over-rated.....(?)

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 11:29 PM

http://www.thedailyb...?obref=obinsite

I know i posted the link in another thread but totally applicable.
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 12:51 AM

McConnell wants to make this a wedge issue to hurt people like Joe Manchin, Joe Tester and Claire McCaskill in their individual Senate races, but if he winds up with a Santorum at the top of the ticket, can the GOP really take the Senate? I really doubt it.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 04:22 AM

I cannot see this helping them defeat moderate Dems. I get their pitch - it's "if the Federal Gov't can tell insurers they have to cover birth control, it can dictate everything" (on the higher level) .... and "if that Kenyan Marxist in the White House can get away with this, he can get away with anything" (on a more base level) - but if the Dems manage this at all effectively during the campaign it could end up convincing a lot of people that this war against Government regulation is aimed straight at their wallet.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:40 AM

View PostRabiner, on 12 February 2012 - 11:29 PM, said:

http://www.thedailyb...?obref=obinsite

I know i posted the link in another thread but totally applicable.

Thanks Rainer, I was just getting ready to post the same link:o )EJ Dionne has a very good article on the same thing.

Peggy Noonan looked like a silly ding bat this morning on Joe. Flipping that hair out of her face and finally losing it by going into a tirade againt Obama.

And of course we have Chris Mathews spitting and sputtering.

Look at all the old men surrounding McConnell. Not one of them has lived in the real world for years.

Are we going to continue to re-elect them again?

I am waiting on Boehner to come out too. We can clean out the House this year and work on the Senate.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:42 AM

View Postbudgiegirl, on 12 February 2012 - 09:52 PM, said:

I guess they really wanted to sure up the base! Independents are over-rated.....(?)

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 09:07 AM

When I saw the headline I had to double-check to make sure it wasn't an Onion headline.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:19 PM

http://www.presshera.../139207289.html

At least not all Republican Senators are this stupid.
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:47 PM

Yup, but them's thar a pair o' Noo Englund librul RINOs whut Grover'll be fixin' right soon!
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:51 PM

View PostCentral TX Mom, on 12 February 2012 - 09:37 PM, said:

What the fluck? So the Republican party has now decided to officially become the He-Man Woman Haters club? This whole thing is sad.

A "Married...With Children" moment, perhaps?
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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:58 PM

Rabiner,Sorry I misspelled your name ;)





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