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  •  I see that the party focus (5+ / 0-)

    is now on women (this week).

    It's a shame that they didn't think about this when they were chipping away at reproductive rights and passing scarlet letter health insurance laws.

    Now that the elections are on the horizon, suddenly women are important again.

    Toe that party line, DeminCT!

    •  Oh, there we go! I knew HCR was total shit. (2+ / 0-)
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      I mean, I've been told that over and over and over and over again. How could I have thought otherwise just because some study says otherwise.

      Thanks for the reminder! Whew! That was close!

      "Palin tried marijuana years ago. She said it distorted her perceptions & impaired her thinking. She hopes the effects will eventually one day wear off." -

      by marabout40 on Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 07:24:09 AM PDT

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      •  Thirty million (3+ / 0-)
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        GN1927, marabout40, blue aardvark

        women may receive or keep insurance, no longer have to pay higher premiums for the same insurance (ie, women's insurance will be more affordable based on that change alone), 7.3 million can no longer be turned down after 2014, there are approximate 155 million females in the population, and about 1.5 million or fewer abortions in a typical year.  

        While I am prochoice and I think that the right wing's attacks on abortion are hypocritical and hysteria driven, that such arguments as exist are religious which makes the whole effort illegitimate from a constitutional point of view, while it would be better if a legal procedure were fully funded including with government money,  I can't say women were denied serious benefits by this bill and that more women will be helped overall.   Its not fair to have to trade, especially in a last minute grandstanding effort by a Democratic led group, but I still think the bottom line was worth it.  I think that's why the female Democrats ok'd the trade.   The plusses ultimately outweighed the minuses.

      •  Ya know... (2+ / 0-)
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        askew, marabout40

        There have long been restrictions on federal funding for reproductive health; however, those existing restrictions almost solely affected less empowered women who had to rely on federal assistance for health matters and who were and are less likely to be able to afford access to abortion than those middle class women whose rights were indeed chipped away by the compromises made to pass HCR.  Nuance goes out of the window sometimes; best to leave it alone.' New Science-Based Climate Change Agency

        by GN1927 on Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 07:51:28 AM PDT

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        •  When they chip away at Social Security, (3+ / 0-)

          Medicare and all "entitlement" programs, will you find a way to support that too?

          The President's Deficit "Catfood" Commission is working on that as we speak.

          I don't disagree about funding and access issues and their affect on different social classes, and that's something I will continue to fight for even though I personally will never need that service.  But you miss the much bigger point that doesn't require any nuance at all: Whenever reproductive rights are weakened, it affects all women.

          •  And it's women who will be hurt the most... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...if the members of the catfood commission get their way, just as women will be hurt by the cuts in Medicare to fund the subsidies to private insurers under the healthcare bill.

            The number of women who are seniors and live at the federal poverty level is huge; 40 percent of all female seniors who live alone are there now.

    •  Just what I was thinking... (0+ / 0-)

      ...after reading this diary: ReproJustice Roadtrip: A Couple Facing Late Abortion Finds Red-state Obstacles in a Blue State

      Yes, I appreciate the first step we've taken towards real health care reform, but also see how far we still have to go.

      Change TX-32, Change the Nation. Send Democrat Grier Raggio to Congress.

      by CoolOnion on Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 08:22:10 AM PDT

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      •  we are not done (1+ / 0-)
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        but it's an important first step.

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

        by Greg Dworkin on Mon Aug 02, 2010 at 09:24:25 AM PDT

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