Since the 2010 nightmare when the sadly and oxymoronically misnamed TEA Party managed to destroy the U.S. Congress and legislatures of numerous states after being elected by the intellectually challenged, the War on Women has escalated to unprecedented levels. Instead of following through with their promise to make JOBS, JOBS, JOBS their number one priority they have attacked women's rights in a continuing onslaught of insanity.
Following are a few examples -
They not only want to reduce women's access to abortion care, they're actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But so far they continue to try and slip this redefinition into laws all across the nation. ("'Forcible Rape' Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding," The Huffington Post & "Extreme Abortion Coverage Ban Introduced," Center for American Progress)
One dim bulb legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to "accuser." But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain "victims." ("Georgia State Lawmaker Seeks To Redefine Rape Victims As 'Accusers," Salon.com)
Republicans in South Dakota put forward a bill that would make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care - yep, that's for real. ("South Dakota bill would legalize killing abortion doctors," Salon.com).
Congressional Republicans wanted to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids and earlier this month they voted to do that very thing.
In Congress, Republicans introduced a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life. ("New GOP Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Let Women Die Instead Of Having An Abortion," Talking Points Memo)
Maryland Republicans ended all monies for a low-income kids' preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working. ("Republican Officials Cut Head Start Funding, Saying Women Should be Married and Home with Kids," Think Progress).
At the federal level, Congressional Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool. ("Bye Bye, Big Bird. Hello, E. Coli," The New Republic).
Even the elderly poor, two-thirds of which are women, aren't safe from the Republicans who are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens. ("House GOP spending cuts will devastate women, families and economy," The Hill).
Congress voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning for women in our country. ("House passes measure stripping Planned Parenthood funding," MSNBC).
And if that wasn't enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. Well, for humans. Republican Dan Burton proposed a bill that would provide contraception for wild horses. Honestly, you can't make this stuff up.("GOP Spending Plan: X-ing Out Title X Family Planning Funds," Wall Street Journal).
As if the above weren't maddening enough, women are facing the specter of state-sanctioned and demanded rape in the form of transvaginal ultrasound procedures before they will be a "allowed" to have an abortion. The invasive procedure, that in every instance is not medically necessary nor advised by the woman's doctor, will consist of inserting a probe - with the woman having no say in the matter - into her body before she can undergo a legal medical procedure. State sanctioned rape? You bet. Numerous states are working towards demanding this state-sanctioned rape of women with some already putting such an abominable practice in place, but being held off by federal court orders.
And why are the Republicans so intent upon "defunding" the ACA? Why have they voted 42 times - so far - to repeal the ACA? If this law, that will provide access to medical care for all Americans, is so terrible why don't they just allow it to begin and when it fails, THEN say "See we told you so?" The reason is they know it will not fail. The Republicans have been against everything that has ever been proposed in this nation to assist the people of this country.
They said Social Security would destroy the nation and be an abject failure. It has been a success in providing an income for the elderly and infirm, and for more then three-quarters of a century has never missed a monthly payment.
They whined about how the civil rights act would bring down the nation by allowing "those" people to have access to education, voting and the right to ride in the front of the bus. Likewise it was not a failure and has made our nation more diverse and - overall amongst the non-racists - very successful.
Republicans insisted - with Ronald the Dim heading up the battle - that Medicare would destroy the very fabric of our nation. Once again it has not and has been a major success in providing health care access and programs for the elderly.
What I find most intriguing are the number of people who draw Social Security and are on Medicare who, for some inexplicable reason, do not believe every American should have access to the same health care they do. One of the usual suspects rails on about "Obamacare" and what a failure it is (despite it not yet being fully implemented) while using thousands of dollars a year - much more than she ever paid in - in Medicare benefits and constantly complaining about not getting enough out of Medicare. The simple answer, of course, is to pay for whatever she wants on her own, but that is anathema to a rightie who demands more and more, always, while also demanding others get nothing.
To put to rest some of the nonsense we hear from the righties, here are a few points that the ACA addresses and corrects.
You will NEVER have to pay more than 10% of your annual income for a health insurance premium. YOU pick the plan you want. YOU pick the deductible you want. AND they can't cancel you.
Insurers can no longer enforce a lifetime cap on benefits.
Insurers can not over bill you for premiums since they are now forced - by the ACA - to use at LEAST 80% of premium dollars toward health care, not to CEO bonuses and dividends to stock holders, as they had been doing with your money. If they do spend your money recklessly, you get a refund! Which I have received in each of the past two years.
Beginning on 1 January virtually every patient who goes to the ER will have a way to pay their bill. When doctors and hospitals don't have to do so much charity care, they won't have to charge double for everyone else.
Want to start your own business, but too scared to lose your employee insurance? After 1 October you will be able to go to the exchange and buy a plan based on your annual income.
I expect in about 6 months, everyone is going to see that these hyperbolic and nonsensical letters were written by people who most likely own stock in insurance companies and lied to try and turn you against the one thing that will finally allow people to have decent health care.
It is obvious that Republicans actually hate our nation - as evidenced by their embracing the son of a Cuban Communist with a Canadian birth certificate as the presumptive front-runner for president. Why anyone with a modicum of common sense supports these pathetic, anti-American clowns is indeed a puzzle.