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‘Twas the Night Before Conference, When All Through the House….

‘Twas the night before Conference, when all through the House…Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The amendments were hung by the manager’s chair, In hope that the votes soon would be there.

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Nelson: “Quote of the Week?”

Today on CNN, Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) declared he didn’t want to “throw down the gauntlet” on health reform. Were we watching the same show?

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The Nelson “Compromise:” What It Will Cost Us

By catering to Nelson, the Bishops, and fundamentalists, the Senate aided the anti-choice forces in achieving one of their primary goals: further stigmatizing reproductive and sexual health care, and making it harder for women to get.

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(VIDEO) Sen. Sherrod Brown Debunks “Republican Myths and Scare Tactics” in Health Reform

In this video, Senator Sherrod Brown debunks Republican “myths and scare tactics” on Medicare, Medicaid, and other issues.

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New York Times Article Misses the Point(s) On Stupak Amendment

An article by Kathleen Seelye in today’s New York Times titled “In Congress, a Predicament for Abortion Supporters,” can now be added to the growing list of media analyses that fail to accurately portray the implications of the Stupak amendment should it become law.

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RNC To Eliminate Abortion Coverage in Health Plan, Undermining Rights of Female Employees

Washington Monthly reports this morning that the RNC, which has provided coverage for abortion care for its employees for over 18 years and was suddenly “caught out” this week, is now proceeding to remove that coverage from its policy. But even so the RNC will still indirectly subsidize abortions, every time it writes a check to Cigna, thereby rejecting the reasoning of the Stupak amendment at a fundamental level.

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Weekly Pulse: The Stupak Setback

A clique of anti-choice Democrats in Congress joined forces with Republicans to pass an amendment forcing women to choose between affordable health insurance and abortion coverage, even if they pay for abortion coverage with their own money. Pro-choice Democrats and women’s health activists are up in arms over the eleventh hour deal

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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend: The Health Reform Bill is Abortion-Neutral. Let’s Pass It.

In a remarkable piece at Newsweek.com, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend writes that it is in the national interest “to pass meaningful health-care reform and not litigate abortion in the process. Too much is at stake to let differences over abortion derail real health reform.”

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So There’s This Conversation With My Pharmacist….

Why is it that every time I try to refill my prescription for birth control I have to engage in the same 40 minutes of wrangling with my pharmacist?

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Drugged, Raped and Denied Insurance

After being drugged and raped on a business trip, I received counseling and anti-HIV medications to help me survive. But to insurance companies my rape and treatment were “pre-existing conditions.”

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