Ok, so I’m a late sleeper, I do most of my “thinking” in the wee hours of the morning – I’m made that way. But the phrase “while you were sleeping” has another connotation – it’s the stuff that happens when you’re not paying attention…while you were busy living your life…or while other issues clogged the airwaves and claimed your attention. In today’s world, you have to read between the lines for it’s the things they don’t tell you that are the most dangerous. It’s called the art of distraction, and the Republican Party is very good at it.
Don’t look for the truth on TV…there are no unbiased sources anymore. Corporate America has infiltrated every media outlet known, even the Internet, and this blog is no exception – I am biased because I am pissed! We have been screwed by those we chose to protect us in every meaning of the word…on both sides of the Congressional aisle.
A favorite tool of distraction is the GOP’s War on Women – mostly waged during a campaign season, but useful anytime to deflect our focus from sensitive issues that they believe the great unwashed cannot properly appreciate. The latest battle came last Thursday when the Senate rejected The Blunt amendment offered by Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri that would allow employers and insurers to deny coverage for contraceptives and other health care services if they thought they were morally or religiously objectionable. Who are they kidding? This opens the door for employer’s and insurance companies to conspire to disallow ANY condition – if it offends their “morality”. The plan contains precariously broad language, and opens up a “Pandora’s Box” of problems as its overly broad and ambiguous exceptions could lead to children being denied immunizations, companies objecting to mental health services, health plans that will deny HIV screenings, and the refusal of maternity care for single mothers.
The Blunt Amendment is not only a war on women it is the assault on the First Amendment as it forces views of some on others who do not share it or want to choose for themselves. And I believe, it is a step towards allowing Insurance Companies once again to decide our heath care coverage based not on our health, but on their bottom line. And we must NOT allow this.
- How The GOP’s Efforts To Expand ‘Religious Conscience’ Affect The LGBT Community (thinkprogress.org)
- Republicans not backing off from war on women’s health (dailykos.com)