The U.S. Catholic bishops want to be known as the champions of the poor and struggling. But they’re happy to block services to the needy to further their anti-contraception agenda.
One of the many services and programs to be shuttered during the shutdown is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, which helps low-income pregnant women and parents with young children facing nutritional risk by providing vouchers for healthy foods and infant formula.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined union leaders in celebration of the official launch of the Affordable Care Act, and laid the government shutdown at the feet of Republicans.
As part of the government shutdown, some 800,000 government workers are furloughed and another million are working without pay. Many of these workers identify as middle-class but risk falling into hard times because of this loss of income; others are already struggling, earning a meager $8.25 to $9.00 per hour.
It may be just a game for Republicans in the House, but the effect of their politicizing the judiciary has very real consequences.
House Republicans have pegged the continued funding of the federal government to a one-year delay in the implementation of the portion of Obamacare that mandates employer-provided health-care plans to offer coverage for prescription contraception with no co-pay.
“I wish we had money to pay for ads,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow said. “I’d like to take what he said on the floor and make sure that every American had the opportunity to hear it.”
Will the Roberts Court weigh in on the contraception mandate this summer? And how is the fight over the contraception mandate connected to GOP efforts to defund Obamacare?
What do Friday’s House vote, Ted Cruz’s crusade, and a creepy anti-Obamacare ad have in common? They’re all linked to the Koch brothers.