And Yes, the GOP Even Managed to Work Denial of Birth Control Into Their Clownish Budget Bill

They really are nuts. Seriously.
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The right wing’s disturbing obsession with controlling women has actually had an effect on the crazy House Republican spending bill charade — the GOP has added a “conscience clause” that would let employers and insurers deny birth control coverage on “religious grounds.”

Washington (CNN) - House Republicans have added a measure aimed at limiting contraceptive coverage to the spending bill coming up for a vote Saturday night, a spokesman for Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas, told CNN.

A senior House leadership aide confirmed that development.

The so-called “conscience clause” would allow employers and insurers to opt out of preventative care for women which they find objectionable on moral or religious grounds. That prominently includes birth control, which most insurers are required to provide for free under current Obamacare rules.

If nothing else, this shows the influence of the extreme Calvinist religious right on today’s Tea Party Republicans. They know this crazy bill is never going to pass the Senate and is only intended as theater, so they’re lettin’ it all hang out.

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49 comments

1 Kragar  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:19:34pm

You don’t believe in abortions? Don’t have one.

How about that for a conscience clause, you barbaric throwbacks to the Dark Ages?

2 BongCrodny  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:21:53pm

Reposted from downstairs:

The House GOP’s budget bill

3 Bubblehead II  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:22:12pm

This, if nothing else shows the RRWNJ and the TPers have no interest in keeping this Country open for business, They want it shut down by any and all means possible. Even if it includes defaulting on our debt.

Talk about a poison pill provision.

4 Kragar  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:22:53pm

I want a conscience clause that keeps my tax dollars from going to oil companies, corporate bailouts and farm subsidies.

5 Stanley Sea  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:25:22pm

re: #1 Kragar

You don’t believe in abortions? Don’t have one.

How about that for a conscience clause, you barbaric throwbacks to the Dark Ages?

Not even abortion. Fucking birth control.

6 Lidane  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:25:31pm
7 Kragar  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:25:33pm

The GOP on Wall Street: Too big to fail.
The GOP on the United States: Burn baby burn.

8 ProTARDISLiberal  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:27:01pm

re: #1 Kragar

I find it remarkable how similar the Republican Party and the Muslim Brotherhood are now.

You could switch each others platforms, and barely notice a difference. And the worst part is, they are both throwbacks. The MB is less enlightened than most Muslim Governments before WWI, and the Republicans are trying to party like its 1799.

9 Lidane  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:27:03pm

All this is a massive waste of time:


When the government shuts down, it’s all on the Republican party. Period.

10 Iwouldprefernotto  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:28:04pm

Why is there no attempt to ban gay marriage? Think of the children.

11 Kragar  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:28:19pm


Irony, Bryan doesn’t see it.

12 Interesting Times  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:29:19pm

re: #9 Lidane

When the government shuts down, it’s all on the Republican party. Period.

But will the Chuck Toddered corporate media bother reporting that? This is my concern - getting the truth out to the non-wingnut but still hopelessly low-info voters.

13 Kragar  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:31:55pm

re: #10 Iwouldprefernotto

Why is there no attempt to ban gay marriage? Think of the children.

Oh, they’re working on that too.

New bipartisan bill protects groups that don’t support same-sex marriage

14 Skip Intro  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:32:01pm

re: #12 Interesting Times

But will the Chuck Toddered corporate media bother reporting that? This is my concern - getting the truth out to the non-wingnut but still hopelessly low-info voters.

Nope, not at all. No matter what the GOP demands are, the Magical Balance Fairy will see to it that both sides are equally to blame (except on Fox, of course, where the fault will lie 100% with Obama and the Dems).

15 Vicious Babushka  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:32:45pm

Well. 3 days without Teh Internets and this is the first thing that comes up in my Twitter feed:
What. The. Fuck.
I can’t even. How do their minds work that they even come up with this kind of shit?

16 Lidane  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:33:44pm
17 Lidane  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:35:25pm

re: #15 Vicious Babushka

That’s the same meme my dipshit wingnut cousin posted on FB today. It’s a good thing I was out of the house when I saw it. If I’d been at my computer I would’ve unleashed a rant at him and then defriended him.

Instead, I’ll most likely just hide his status updates. That kind of idiocy can’t be reasoned with.

18 Iwouldprefernotto  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:35:50pm

As much as I hate the fact that my mom’s stock portfolio will take a hit, I don’t see any way around a shutdown. After a week enough sane Republicans will vote on a clean bill with Democrats, until then it sucks all around.

19 Interesting Times  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:39:54pm

re: #14 Skip Intro

Nope, not at all. No matter what the GOP demands are, the Magical Balance Fairy will see to it that both sides are equally to blame

“House GOP tacks on an amendment to bring Russia’s anti-gay laws to America. Why won’t Obama accept a compromise?”

20 Stanley Sea  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:40:03pm

re: #10 Iwouldprefernotto

Why is there no attempt to ban gay marriage? Think of the children.

Next…

21 goddamnedfrank  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:40:03pm

re: #16 Lidane

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So abandon the Hastert rule and pass the CR without them. I can’t believe that Boehner is allowing a small minority of congress to hold the country hostage.

22 Varek Raith  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:40:03pm

…and a partridge in a pear tree.

23 Lidane  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:44:39pm
24 You_Stole_Fizzy-Lifting_Drinks  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:45:00pm

And what, pray tell, does this have to do with Congress paying the bills that it’s racked up?

25 Charles Johnson  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:45:33pm

That whole “black president” thing really threw the GOP for a loop.

26 Stanley Sea  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:45:35pm

OT watching Bourdain in Israel & Gaza. Very good show.

27 I Subscribed!  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:45:45pm

If anyone doubts that the Republican Party has turned itself into the moral equivalent of hostage-takers, let them read the laundry list of demands.

28 Kragar  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:46:24pm

re: #23 Lidane

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Next up, the GOP adds counting minorities as 3/5 a person and not letting women vote as conditions to fund the Government.

29 Kragar  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:48:24pm

re: #27 I Subscribed!

If anyone doubts that the Republican Party has turned itself into the moral equivalent of hostage-takers, let them read the laundry list of demands.

Hostage takers are reasonable. They actually come up with plans that pay off in the end.

30 Lidane  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:52:35pm
31 Lidane  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:56:36pm
32 Kragar  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 6:57:53pm

re: #31 Lidane

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Youtube Video

33 Stanley Sea  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 7:03:05pm

re: #31 Lidane

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Said by a man.

34 Lidane  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 7:04:39pm

Wingnuts still derping at me on Twitter about Obamacare.

God, I love the block function.

35 b_sharp  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 7:07:53pm
The U.S. health system is the most expensive in the world, but comparative analyses consistently show the United States underperforms relative to other countries on most dimensions of performance. This report, which includes information from the most recent three Commonwealth Fund surveys of patients and primary care physicians about medical practices and views of their countries’ health systems (2007-2009), confirms findings discussed in previous editions of Mirror, Mirror. It also includes information on health care outcomes that were featured in the most recent (2008) U.S. health system scorecard issued by the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System.
36 Vicious Babushka  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 7:21:23pm

Now they’re comparing Obamacare to Hitler.
I just can’t even.

37 Vicious Babushka  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 7:24:47pm
38 Lidane  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 7:25:23pm

re: #36 Vicious Babushka

Now they’re comparing Obamacare to Hitler.
I just can’t even.

Because they’re stupid. That’s all that needs to be said.

39 Decatur Deb  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 7:31:58pm

re: #36 Vicious Babushka

Now they’re comparing Obamacare to Hitler.
I just can’t even.

[Embedded content]

Could make a case for Bismarck, IIRC.

40 jaunte  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 7:51:52pm
41 Romantic Heretic  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 8:01:48pm

re: #29 Kragar

Hostage takers are reasonable. They actually come up with plans that pay off in the end.

I suspect the TPGOP’s plan is to shoot the hostages and then, when things collapse, they’ll pick up the pieces.

It’s not going to be as easy as they think.

42 Bubblehead II  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 8:06:36pm

Night Lizards

43 piratedan  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 10:13:19pm

re: #11 Kragar

and that’s why we intend to keep people that you support Bryan from ever gaining any political power, because that’s essentially all you folks do.

44 Ming  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 10:49:35pm

re: #5 Stanley Sea

Not even abortion. Fucking birth control.

Contraception, used appropriately, decreases unwanted pregnancies, thus decreasing the number of abortions. You would think that if someone wants fewer abortions to happen, they would enthusiastically support contraception.

45 Beauzeaux  Sat, Sep 28, 2013 11:07:15pm

re: #44 Ming
This isn’t about reducing the number of abortions. This is about controlling women through reproductive Russian roulette.

46 chadu  Sun, Sep 29, 2013 2:27:16am

re: #41 Romantic Heretic

I suspect the TPGOP’s plan is […]

“Plan”? You’re adorable. /LEVERAGE

47 urbanmeemaw  Sun, Sep 29, 2013 3:42:05am

re: #38 Lidane

No, they’re evil. Just evil. And mean and heartless.

48 Bulworth  Sun, Sep 29, 2013 7:07:10am

re: #36 Vicious Babushka

Gosh why won’t Obama “negotiate” with these fine people? ////

49 Bulworth  Sun, Sep 29, 2013 7:08:25am

re: #28 Kragar

Next up, the GOP adds counting minorities as 3/5 a person and not letting women vote as conditions to fund the Government.

At least the GOP is “negotiating”!!!111111elenventy


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