The majority of Georgia residents want the state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and disagree with conservative state lawmakers’ decision to reject it, according to a new public opinion survey.
New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey shows that among the eleven major metropolitan areas with uninsured rates higher than the national average, seven of them are in states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) told the New York Times’ political blog First Draft that Boggs “doesn’t have the votes” to overcome opposition from Democrats on the committee, and that he should withdraw.
EMILY’s List, a political action committee that supports pro-choice women candidates, is putting its weight behind several women candidates running in traditionally conservative states in the midterm elections.
A new Georgia law that bans insurance coverage of abortion for both state employees and anyone buying coverage via the state exchange that was established as part of the Affordable Care Act took effect last week.
For Black women, the decision echoes a history of employers imposing their religious beliefs on our reproductive freedom.
Controversial anti-choice judicial nominee Michael Boggs will not be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, although the committee will go forward with six other candidates from a “package” of seven nominees that used to include Boggs.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee whose vote could be crucial to determining whether the nomination of Michael Boggs to a federal judgeship moves forward, hasn’t yet taken a public position on Boggs.
As RH Reality Check has reported, a number of prominent Democrats oppose the nomination of Michael Boggs to a federal district court in Georgia because of concerns over his anti-choice voting record. In this segment, Rachel Maddow reports on “the scorn of the American left” over his nomination, and the danger of anti-choice legislation requiring abortion doctors be put on online registries, which Boggs voted in favor of in his state. [via MSNBC]
An audio recording of a 2001 Georgia house floor debate is casting further doubt on the testimony of Michael Boggs, a controversial anti-choice judicial nominee who faced some highly skeptical questions from U.S. Senators earlier this month on an anti-choice vote he made as a Georgia state legislator.