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Roy Blunt
Sen. Roy Blunt. Liar.
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), author of the far-reaching amendment to allow any employer to deny health insurance coverage to any employee for any reason deemed against his or her "moral conviction," doesn't want his constituents to know what his bill does.

In an op-ed he wrote this weekend, Blunt says it's all about the "religious freedom." Let's count the ways in which he lies. Or just a few of the most egregious ones, anyway.

This is not about one group, one health care requirement, or one set of beliefs. It's about protecting Americans' fundamental religious freedom—a freedom that has been guaranteed for more than 220 years since the ratification of the Bill of Rights. [...]

Unfortunately, the current administration has taken a very different approach to this fundamental freedom, most recently with the Department of Health and Human Services' misguided attempt to force insurance companies and employers to cover contraception and controversial abortion drugs.

This provision is a direct result of President Obama's deeply flawed health care law—the first federal health care law that doesn't honor religious beliefs. [...]

Instead of addressing Americans' very valid concerns, the president simply reissued the same rule it already had unveiled with a vague promise to protect faith communities from the cost of the regulation in the coming months.
What President Obama doesn't seem to understand is that this debate is not about cost. It's not about contraception. It's about the Constitution. It's about faith and who controls the religious views of faith-based institutions. [...]

The "controversial abortion drugs" are neither controversial nor abortion drugs. Contraception is not abortion, though the forced-birthers are doing their damnedest to make that new definition stick.

Blunt also blatantly lies in saying that the law doesn't honor religious beliefs. The accommodation President Obama arrived at was accepted by the Catholic Health Association, the trade association representing Catholic hospitals. If the hospitals believe it honors religious beliefs, it does.

The biggest lie, however, is in saying that his amendment isn't about cost. Of course, it's about cost—the cost to employers and insurers for covering a broad range of services for employees. Give employers an out on the basis of "moral convictions" and they can start denying (and stop paying for) any number of services, from health care screenings to cancer treatments.

In fact, that's the only truth Blunt tells, when he says this isn't about contraception. It's not about contraception because it's about any kind of health care coverage, and about an employer's ability to yank it away from you.

Of course, it's also not about the Constitution or religious freedom. It's about dismantling any part of the Affordable Care Act they can get their hands on in service to their Chamber of Commerce masters, and it's about riling up the base.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 10:15:50 AM PST

  •  Let me be BLUNT: (5+ / 0-)

    This sick little Legacy PolitiBoy is quite the regressive.

    #OWS #Occupy: Exposing US police brutality to the entire world.

    by OleHippieChick on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 10:33:44 AM PST

  •  He's a frigging pig... I was sick when he got (3+ / 0-)
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    burnt out, millwood, Philpm

    elected to the senate...

    sigh... I hate living in Missouri

    "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." *Ansel Adams* ."Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."*Will Rogers*

    by Statusquomustgo on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 10:38:04 AM PST

    •  I feel your pain. I want to throw up when I see (2+ / 0-)
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      Philpm, Statusquomustgo

      ol greasy palms face on the tele. The man is despicable and yet the voters in this state couldn't wait to elect him. WTF

      Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

      by burnt out on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 10:54:17 AM PST

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      •  Robin Carnahan ran a terrible campaign (2+ / 0-)
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        poopdogcomedy, burnt out

        It was almost like he had dirt on her or something.
        I think if things were done a little differently he wouldn't
        have won.  It was also 2010 and turnout was way down.
        We got stuck with the fucker and I CAN'T WAIT to get him
        out of there next time.   Will probably need your help :)

        "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." *Ansel Adams* ."Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."*Will Rogers*

        by Statusquomustgo on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 11:15:55 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  PPP shows that he's not very popular and that even (2+ / 0-)
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          Statusquomustgo, burnt out

          though Carnahan ran a bad campaign, PPP shows that Roy Blunt only won because 2010 was a bad year for Democrats.  But he's a one termer just like John Ashcroft and Jim Talent but can we please prevent Claire McCaskill from becoming a one termer?

          •  I'm holding my nose to vote for her, will be (1+ / 0-)
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            burnt out

            stumping for her, sure wish Bob Holden would primary
            her, it would serve her right... lol

            Doing some GOTV voter registration
            and there are a couple of initiatives that I'm getting
            signatures for.  Raising minimum wage $1.00 per hour
            and capping payday loan sharks at 35% interest instead
            of the 1,250% they are getting now.  Also voter info
            regarding the everything tax and the voter ID - change
            Missouri constitution the dumb fucks are trying to do now.

            Sigh... so much work to defeat the nuts and so little time
            to do it.

            "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." *Ansel Adams* ."Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."*Will Rogers*

            by Statusquomustgo on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 12:15:41 PM PST

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            •  I hear you. I hear a lot of people on this blog (1+ / 0-)
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              post about how they want better Democrats which is great but the only way to achieve that is to start on the local level first.  That includes getting more progressive candidates elected on a local level, turning swing state blue, getting conservative Democratic voters and moderates to move more to the left and getting more progressive legislature advanced on local levels.  We also have to work on getting big money out of the political process and we need to convince voters that the only way to do that is to weaken the source of money whether that means boycotting oil or pulling your money out of the banks.  We also need people to stop voting based on how they feel and instead vote based on the facts.  You can't blame corporations or government officials all the time for the state our system is.  There are a lot of misinformed and shallow voters who don't pay attentions and will fall for stupid attack ads because they strike an emotional chord with people.  Just look at what happened to war hero and former U.S. Senator, Max Cleland (D. GA) in 2002.  This is a guy who lost both his legs and an arm in Vietnam and because he disagreed with Bush and the Republicans plan on how to fight terrorism, outside right wing groups that were working for Saxby Chambliss' campaign painted him as weak on defense and even juxtaposed his picture next to Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.  I think that's why there aren't a lot of politicians speak out against torture, unjust interrogations and doing away with due process because they will still be painted as terrorist sympathizers and weak on defense and sadly, in several parts of the country, those attack ads still work.

  •  Santorum has made it clear that sex is about (2+ / 0-)
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    Philpm, journeyman

    procreation. So I'm curious if employers can also refuse to pay for Viagra unless the man who needs it can produce a wife of child-bearing age and proof they intend to have kids...

    The search for truth and knowledge is one of the finest attributes of a man, though often it is most loudly voiced by those who strive for it the least -- Albert Einstein

    by theKgirls on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 10:47:19 AM PST

  •  Such laws... (4+ / 0-)
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    Philpm, Apost8, journeyman, PsychoSavannah

    Would allow an employer who is a Jehovah's Witness to prohibit any procedure involving a blood transfusion.

    Or most medical care if the employer is a Christian Scientist.

    Or no life support systems if the employer is Amish (some, anyway).

    Or maybe the employer believes that trepanning is the only treatment for mental illness.

    "Well, I'm sure I'd feel much worse if I weren't under such heavy sedation..."--David St. Hubbins

    by Old Left Good Left on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 10:50:36 AM PST

  •  Questions Blunt Needs to be Asked: (1+ / 0-)
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    1.  I am a fundamentalist Christian.  I believe that homosexuality is a sin and that AIDS is God's punishment for it.  May I deny coverage of life-saving AIDS treatments to employess, or at least those employees that contracted AIDS through sex.

    2. I am a Catholic.  I believe that IVF is unnatural.  May I refuse fertility treatment for my employees and also refuse to cover the baby that was conceived in such a sinful manner?

    3. I am a secularist men's rights activist who believes that circumcision is nothing but unnecessary and cruel genital mutilation.  May I deny my employees coverage for that.

    4. I am a Jehovah's witness.  I believe that blood transfusions are against God's will.  May I deny my employees coverage for any procedure that involves a blood transfusion in any manner?

    5. I am a feminist opposed to sex-selective abortion.  May I deny coverage of abortion to employees whom I believe to be engaging in sex-selective abortion?

    6. I am a radical gay environmentalist.  I believe that overpopulation is the greatest threat that the planet faces.  I dislike breeders and believe that people should stop having children.  May I deny coverage to employees who breed?

    7. I am a Scientologist.  I believe that psychiatry is a scam devised to blind us to the essential truths revealed by L. Ron Hubbard.  May I deny psychiatric treatment to my employees.

    8. I am a Christian Scientist.  I believe that our methods of healing are superior to those of materialistic science.  May I deny coverage to those who do not at least attempt to employ our methods first?

    9.  I am a white supremacist.  I don't believe the races should mix.  May I deny coverage for any mixed-race children or pregnancies?

    10. I am a radical Randian.  I don't believe that employers should be required to cover anything.  Am I required to cover my employees at all?

    I think these things need to be put into specific terms and the questions addressed to the candidates and the GOP members of Congress that are pushing this shit.  So far they're getting away with pretending that Obama is making bishops personally perform abortions.  We have to stop that.  The way to do that is to raise concrete examples like the ones above.

    Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

    by journeyman on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 01:28:44 PM PST

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