That sound you hear is the GOP wondering what they'll smear next as they see their "Obamacare" and Benghazi!!!!!! attack campaigns morphing into punchlines.
There are two articles in the Los Angeles Times that throw political pies in the faces of Republicans who insist on trying to destroy the Affordable Care Act... and the president himself. Take a look at how those on the right just lost a court battle in their efforts to impede health care enrollment in Missouri:
Supporters of President Obama’s health law scored a legal victory in Missouri on Thursday as a federal judge blocked the state from enforcing new rules limiting the ability of community organizations to help consumers sign up for coverage under the law.
Missouri is among many Republican-leaning states that have put restrictions on these groups, including a requirement that they get licenses before they can help with the enrollment process. Proponents of the restrictions maintain that they protect consumers.
There were eight plaintiffs on the winning side, including Effort for AIDS and Planned Parenthood. Once again, opponents of President Obama and Obamacare are willing to sacrifice other people's lives and health in order to score political points. Who's kidding whom? The GOP's attitude toward women and just about anyone who doesn't look or sound like an old white man is abominable, no matter how much they claim they're reaching out. "Uncle Sugar." 'Nuff said.
The judge agreed that, since the state insisted that the federal government operate its marketplace, then obstructing attempts to make the process run more smoothly wouldn't make much sense.
Then again, since when have Republicans ever made sense?
In other words, his ruling sent a message: Butt out, GOP, you asked for this, so kindly get lost and let these people do their jobs. Community organizers, go for it.
Meanwhile, the marketplaces are recovering in nicely:
Approximately 3 million people have now enrolled in health insurance plans sold through marketplaces created by President Obama’s health law, the administration announced Friday.
Finally, while so much of this country is consumed with making women's access to safe, legal abortions harder and harder to find, California leads the way -- again -- in allowing women to be responsible for their own bodies and their reproductive rights. Instead of moving backwards, the Golden State is moving forward. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law abortion provider legislation yesterday.
The gist of the legislation, as reported by Breitbart:
The bill, AB 154, passed both houses of the state legislature withstrong support from Planned Parenthood and pro-choice groups. Planned Parenthood stands to benefit most directly from the bill, as non-physician staff at its clinics would be able to obtain abortion licenses.
The bill permits licensed non-physicians to perform two kinds of abortion in the first trimester--by medication, and by aspiration, which requires the insertion of medical instruments into the uterus.
According to Fox Channel 5 in San Diego, 53% of California counties don't currently have access to certified abortion providers. That meant that a large number of women had the legal right to the procedure, but not the access. With the signing of the bill, a majority of Califorina women will now have a likelier chance of receiving this safe procedure and at a lower cost, easier access and with shorter wait times.
It comes down to this. Women have the legal right to their own bodies. Fair and reasonable access should never be the issue. That will be lessened now in California.
Want to see how important this decision is? Watch this:
Here is a link to a (temporarily) pretty basic version of a Planned Parenthood site designed to help women explore and navigate Obamacare. The expanded version of the site will have a lot more information on what the Affordable Care Act will cover, how insurance works, what women should look for when picking a plan, and will provide information on how to complete the enrollment process.
There may even be a tool available that will help people figure out what they qualify for in terms of Medicaid or subsidies etc.
The expanded version of the site will be launching later this month.
But hop over now, and please share the link with others. Americans need to be educated about ACA, and we can help do that, thanks to Planned Parenthood:
There’s been a lot of talk about the health care law, sometimes called “Obamacare,” and many people are wondering what it’s all about.
The law was passed to help millions of people who are uninsured get more affordable health insurance. It also includes new benefits for all Americans.
Planned Parenthood is here to help you understand what these changes mean for you.
Why should you get health insurance?
[Y]ou can get preventive care too, which means you’re better able to catch small issues before they become big problems—and even bigger bills. Whether it’s cervical cancer or diabetes, the earlier the health issue is detected, the better. And health insurance can help make that a reality.
This is an easy-to-navigate, easy-to-understand new site. Please click over and check it out.
Thank you for everything you do, Planned Parenthood.
Ross Perot donated $1,000,000 to Planned Parenthood of Texas. How novel to see money going to such a good cause. Eat your heart out, pro-forced birthers.
And what a huge relief to women who depend on Planned Parenthood for health services such as cancer screenings. File this under "genuine life saver."
“For nearly 100 years Planned Parenthood has helped to educate men and women regarding family planning and general family health,” said Margot Perot, speaking for the Perot Foundation of Dallas. “Our family has supported this nonprofit for many years because we are impressed with the work they do—providing birth control; scientifically based education; breast health exams; and basic, life-saving healthcare for women who cannot afford services otherwise.”
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My new hero, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, has reinvigorated many Americans to step up their fight against the War on Women. It's not as if we've backed off, but she really lit a fire under many who may have been preoccupied with other political battles.
But her remarkable filibuster has inspired a renewed interest in and opposition to the efforts of several Republican-run states to restrict access to women's health care services. Let's hope her momentum continues.
Here she is on Meet the Press, for those who missed it. Following her interview was the "Round Table" in which Rachel Maddow brought those pesky things called "facts" to the conversation:
No, white Christian men who insist upon thrusting government into the private lives of women who are capable of making their own decisions, forcing vaginal ultrasounds are not "free" nor are they an "opportunity."
The assault on women's rights must stop, and Wendy Davis's calm persistence and reasonable, intelligent approach has resulted in more Americans paying attention, hearing the truth, and engaging.
...is not an option.
Another "Ahhhhh" moment.
Here's the words of Rick Perry as he attacked Wendy Davis, the Texas State Senator:
"Even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances. She was the daughter of a single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate," Perry said Thursday in a speech to the National Right to Life Convention. "It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters."
Now Rick, you really don't believe that, do you? If you do, then using your same argument, some people would say that you're mother used poor judgement in not aborting you. You have reached your full potential (Oh, and congratulations on the 500th person put to death in Texas under capital punishment). You've set another record and in doing so, exemplify why your never having existed would have been better for Texas.
What's good for the goose is good for the gander, so they say in your parts... Whatever planet those parts are from. Can't you realize, from the noise this vote has brought up, that you wasted state money for this special session that just concluded and you're wasting more more on a ordering up a new session, just to pass a bill that's as unpopular as your are nationally? You couldn't get this bill passed in normal session. You couldn't get it passed in the first special session. Why are you still trying?
Put that money to good use, not another additional session. Fix a road, or a bridge, or use the money to educate some needy students. Or even better, to feed some starving children. You so want to do away with abortion. Then feed the product of your affections. Don't force them into the world and then make them suffer.
No one is forcing anyone to have an abortion. But Roe v. Wade according to the Supreme Court, says it is legal. So put your efforts and the state's money into fighting crime, not creating new criminals.
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