Dispatches From The War On Women: Meet Paul Ryan

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In 2008 when then-Republican presidential candidate John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate for good or for bad the choice was in part to try and connect with women voters. This Saturday we learned the Republican party is no longer even interested in trying. Sure, Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) may be the first perfectly-coiffed ticket from the right, but Romney’s choice in Ryan represents one of the most extreme anti-woman candidates available. In addition to his horrific budget, Ryan co-sponsored a federal fetal personhood bill, voted to defund Planned Parenthood, and wants to write discrimination into the Constitution by amending it to ban gay marriage. It’s the classic Republican rouse: talk about “economics” while legislating to restrict women’s rights, so if you liked the aftermath of the 2010 midterm elections you’re going to love a Romney-Ryan administration.

Naturally a Romney-Ryan ticket is horrible for education as well.

By contrast the Democrats plan to include support for trans workers in the party platform.

The Dehli, Louisiana charter school that was forcing female students to take pregnancy tests only to kick them out of school if they either tested positive or refused has backed off its obviously unconstitutional policy. Success!

The Vatican has shifted its stance on contraception–slightly–to accept condom use to prevent the spread of disease. It’s a step in the right direction but a small one, especially because it continues to disregard any form of contraception that women can control on their own.

Times have not gotten any easier for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Will a change in leadership change that?

Some idiot filmed a mother breastfeeding and put it up on a porn site. She found out and sued.

Junk food and dumb kids: is there a link?

The Department of Justice challenges another school-to-prison pipeline, this time in Mississippi and in Ohio and Florida public schools have been locking up mentally disabled children.

Meanwhile this pediatrician was arrested for waterboarding his own daughter.

The latest installment of Teaching Feminism looks at what to do with the phrase “that’s so gay.”

Are stressed out men attracted to curvier women? This study suggests they may be.

And then there’s this one that looks at the men who would seek love from a sex worker.

Fox News needs to STFU over Gabby Douglas.

Claressa Shields is simply awesome.

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430 comments

Michelle V.
Past Member 4 years ago

The only ones lying are THE POSTERS of this article. Catholics uphold the dignity of man and woman the same, as equals. SAME for the unborn and the innocent. As Ronald Reagan said "it's ironic that those that are for pro abortion are those that were allowed to live".

P.S. besides all your lies you also had to make a graphic generated pic of Pual Ryan b'c he is a good looking family man... So revenge for his good looks is to make him look as ugly as your mamma.

Kellyanne M.
Kellyanne M.4 years ago

Quite frankly, these two scare the heck out of me. And I am not even American. Fare well my friends.

William Baylor
William Baylor4 years ago

Thank you President Obama for Obamacare and which one of those benefits dont you dildo heads wont for you family and your kids

William Baylor
William Baylor4 years ago

Employers need to list the benefits they provided to employees on their tax forms. ( Citation: Page 819, sec.
9002 )


Any new health plans must provide preventive care (mammograms, colonoscopies, etc.) without requiring any sort
of co-pay or charge.

William Baylor
William Baylor4 years ago

A credit program is made that will make it easier for business to invest in new ways to treat illness by
paying half the cost of the investment. (Note - this program was temporary. It already ended)
( Citation: Page 849, sec. 9023 )


A limit is placed on just how much of a percentage of the money an insurer makes can be profit, to make sure
they're not price-gouging customers. ( Citation: Page 41, sec. 1101 )


A limit is placed on what type of insurance accounts can be used to pay for over-the-counter drugs without a
prescription. Basically, your insurer isn't paying for the Aspirin you bought for that hangover. ( Citation:
Page 819, sec. 9003 )

William Baylor
William Baylor4 years ago

Medicare extends to smaller hospitals. ( Citation: Starting on page 363, the entire section "Part II" seems to
deal with this )


Medicare patients with chronic illnesses must be monitored more thoroughly.


Reduces the costs for some companies that handle benefits for the elderly. ( Citation: Page 511, sec. 4202 )

William Baylor
William Baylor4 years ago

Medicare extends to smaller hospitals. ( Citation: Starting on page 363, the entire section "Part II" seems to
deal with this )


Medicare patients with chronic illnesses must be monitored more thoroughly.


Reduces the costs for some companies that handle benefits for the elderly. ( Citation: Page 511, sec. 4202 )

William Baylor
William Baylor4 years ago

Insurers need to have an appeals process for when they turn down a claim, so customers have some manner of
recourse other than a lawsuit when they're turned down. ( Citation: Page 42, sec. 2719 )


Anti-fraud funding is increased and new ways to stop fraud are created. ( Citation: Page 718, sec. 6402 )

William Baylor
William Baylor4 years ago

Insurers need to have an appeals process for when they turn down a claim, so customers have some manner of
recourse other than a lawsuit when they're turned down. ( Citation: Page 42, sec. 2719 )


Anti-fraud funding is increased and new ways to stop fraud are created. ( Citation: Page 718, sec. 6402 )

William Baylor
William Baylor4 years ago

Insurers have less ability to change the amount customers have to pay for their plans. ( Citation: Page 66,
sec. 2794 )


People in a "Medicare Gap" get a rebate to make up for the extra money they would otherwise have to spend.
( Citation: Page 398, sec. 3301 )


Insurers can't just drop customers once they get sick. ( Citation: Page 33, sec. 2712 )


Insurers have to tell customers what they're spending money on. (Instead of just "administrative fee", they
have to be more specific).