Dispatches From The War On Women: Conservatives Still Flipping Out Over Health Care Reform

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The weight and the importance of the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is still sinking in but the divisions between a world with health insurance reform and a world without are becoming clearer. Just take a look at conservatives’ response to Chief Justice John Roberts who cast the deciding vote to uphold the law. Even more telling, listen to what Sen. Mitch McConnell thinks is the real issue in the health care economy (hint: it’s not the uninsured and the cost of their care). The Supreme Court may have settled the immediate question of whether or not the law will stand, but it’s clear that this battle isn’t going away anytime soon, and for women that means we can expect our rights and our lives to remain political fodder for the right.

Speaking of which, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a carefully cultivated image as an independent-minded conservative, but don’t let that fool you. He’s as anti-woman, anti-family as the rest of his party.

A key component to the anti-choice strategy is confusion, and in Minnesota they’ve taken that strategy one step further by opening up the “Women’s Care Center” crisis pregnancy center right across from the “Women’s Health Center”.

Mindy Townsend takes a look at the new Pixar movie “Brave” and the drummed-up controversy over whether or not Merida is a lesbian.

A new study suggests that children who were spanked develop mental health problems as adults.

With the Penn State child rape tragedy transitioning into related prosecutions and civil suits, a new batch of leaked emails suggest that it was none other than beloved coach Joe Paterno who blocked the ouster of Jerry Sandusky once university officials found out he was raping kids on campus. That’s Jo-Pa’s legacy right there: acting as an accessory to child rape.

July is national HIV awareness month. Here’s what you can do to help mark it.

Finally, let’s end on an inspirational note: check out this group of amazing young girls out to change the world.

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Lea Humphrey
Lea Humphrey4 years ago

i agree that we need a better health care system. however, i would like to actually read the one which was recently passed and am having a difficult time finding it. i can read about how good or bad it is but not actually read it... help?

Darryll Green
Darryll Green4 years ago

I hear all of you talking about this and that, but one thing Jessica didn't bother to put in this, is that Chief Justice John Roberts, the one who's vote passed this CALLED it a tax, which either you buy health insurence wether you can afford it or you will be taxed by the government

Don H.
Don H4 years ago

Kevin B, you are exactly right. Tea Party members do not suspect that their every thought is formulated and directed by a "think tank". This manipulated kind of thinking is designed to protect the interests of the entrenched health care profiteers.

"poor deluded souls" is a good way to put it.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown4 years ago

Frances-Excellent point and what is sad is that a great many of the rank and file tea-party people do not realize that they are part of an "astro-turf" group and are merely shills for the corporate overlords who con those poor deluded souls into voting against their own interest.

Frances C.
Frances C4 years ago

Agreed with all the good comments below. The insurance company executives have donated millions of OUR health care dollars to the tea party Republicans so they would obstruct any health care reform. That is a fact. The thought of losing their million dollar bonuses is making them crazy.

Vote Democratic....Vote Obama + Biden 2012!

Linda McKellar
Past Member 4 years ago

EXACTLY DaretoCare!!!

DaretoCare S.

A couple of fairly comprehensive sites, for those who are struggling to understand the whole health care farce taking place in the U.S. right now. Am watching and shaking my head in amazed horror at the lies and fear mongering taking place. I still cannot believe that a country which was once so great (because of its people) has fallen dupe to the concept of corporations as people - and are now working so assiduously against their own interests.
Lies about Canadian health care
"Why does Canada pays less for a better system? Here, health care is a basic human right; it is not for profit. Health care is not a market. Therefore, it is not motivated by companies trying to make as much money as possible. We don’t have bloated administrative costs, high-paid insurance company executives, ridiculous bonuses, and millions of dollars spent on marketing. It is a not-for-profit system."

A Canadian doctor diagnoses U.S. healthcare
"American democracy runs on money. Pharmaceutical and insurance companies have the fuel. Analysts see hundreds of billions of premiums wasted on overhead that could fund care for the uninsured. But industry executives and shareholders see bonuses and dividends."


Don H.
Don H4 years ago

Linda M, you have hit on the key element.

The one and only reason the U.S.A. does not have universal single payer health care is because of the influence of the insurance and pharmaceutical companies. These industries are receiving preferential treatment because they BRIBE our elected representatives.

Of course single payer is better. It is superior in every way except in area of corporate profit. Even some half-brained Republicans are finally starting to get this message.

Money in politics is damaging to the nation in many ways. Health care is just one of the many symptoms. I'm sure you already understand this.

Maybe we can work together in the future to replace the Affordable Care Act with single payer non-profit universal.

Linda McKellar
Past Member 4 years ago

Call me silly Joseph B, but how many politicians on both sides of the aisle read Bush's Patriot Act before agreeing to it?

Linda McKellar
Past Member 4 years ago

When Canada instituted Universal health care in the 60's, guess what? American based insurance companies shit their pants & stirred up all kinds of false propaganda to prevent it from happening. They failed! Are Canadians that much smarter than Americans? Are the Brits, French and others also smarter? Canadians, by surveys, repeatedly state that the most important thing to them & their biggest treasure in being a Canadian is Universal health care. The founder of Universal care, Tommy Douglas, was recently voted the most admired Canadian of all time...and he was a POLITICIAN! Imagine that! Perhaps we're all just stuipid up here.