For Obama, Abortion Proves Not So Much a Right as a Bargaining Chip

By: Monday April 11, 2011 3:56 pm

At the end of the health care debate, when Obama was desperate to get the final bill passed in the House, he agreed to make a deal with Bart Stupak (D-MI) on the issue of abortion, by offering an executive order that restricted the availability of insurance coverage for reproductive health. The right to abortion [...]

To Stop Abortions, No Freedom Too Great to Sacrifice for GOP

By: Friday March 18, 2011 3:15 pm

For the Republican Party, there seems to be no limit to the amount of beloved personal freedoms they are willing to shred to simply make abortions more inconvenient. The latest example is the GOP’s push to actually increase the power and scope of the IRS. From Mother Jones: Under a GOP-backed bill expected to sail [...]

Tribal Loyalty and the Corporatist Agenda: It’s Not Just For Republicans Any More

By: Monday March 29, 2010 8:40 am

In 2007, Glenn Greenwald wrote a column about how our political debate was being constrained by the demonization of figures like Howard Dean, Al Gore or Ron Paul who were singled out and labeled “weirdos” for expressing opinions outside of party orthodoxy, even though those opinions may have broad popular support.  Noting that Ron Paul [...]

Signed, Sealed, but Not Delivered: Six Big Flaws Need Fixing to Make New Law Meaningful Health Care Reform

By: Monday March 22, 2010 5:30 am

This health care reform bill passed late last night and soon to be signed into law is a seriously flawed piece of legislation, for it fails to achieve the goals of real health care reform. Now that it is essentially the law of the land, the country needs to work diligently at the federal and [...]

Health Care Reform: How Democrats Might Deal With Abortion Language Through Reconciliation

By: Friday February 19, 2010 1:35 pm

The New York Times is reporting that the White House is preparing to use reconciliation to advance health care reform. Reconciliation will be used to make changes to the Senate bill to make it an acceptable compromise between the House and the Senate. As always, the elephant in the room is abortion. Democrats said it [...]

Ben Nelson Has Not Got His Pound Of Flesh Yet

By: Thursday December 17, 2009 10:30 am

Ben Nelson has rejected Harry Reid’s latest compromise on the abortion language: Nelson told KLIN radio in Lincoln, Nebraska, Thursday that an attempt at compromise doesn’t get to the fundamental issue of barring federal funding for abortions. Nelson says without further changes the compromise isn’t sufficient. It sounds like Nelson is trying to go for [...]

How The Senate Abortion Language Differs From Stupak

By: Thursday November 19, 2009 12:31 pm

The language on abortion in the original version of House health care reform bill, before it was amended on the floor, and the Senate language on abortion are very similar. Both say that: No federal funds will be used to pay for abortions, but as provided by the Hyde amendment, exceptions are made for rape, [...]

The Capps, Ellsworth, Stupak, And Senate Finance Language On Abortion

By: Wednesday November 18, 2009 10:21 am

The Capps compromise in the House was supposed to be the compromise which would have kept health care reform “neutral” on the issue of abortion. Capps Compromise–The Capps proposal would have made sure that abortion was not part of the minimum benefit requirement package for health insurance plans. It would have guaranteed that in each [...]

No Health Plan Is Safe From The Stupak Amendment

By: Tuesday November 17, 2009 3:01 pm

The Stupak Amendment could radically reduce the availability of abortion coverage in this country. The amendment effectively stops the sale of insurance plans that also cover abortion on the new exchange. Even though the exchange will start small, the goal is for it to expand over time and be used by many mid-sized employers. Thanks to [...]

Surprise! Ben Nelson Demands The Stupak Amendment

By: Monday November 9, 2009 1:33 pm

Is there anyone who did not see this coming, besides the over hundred Democrats in the House who call themselves pro-choice? Ben Nelson (D-NE) is now demanding the Senate also include the Stupak amendment language. Did anyone really think the Senate’s conservative Democrats would let any part of the House bill be to the right [...]