But Harwell? Puhleeze. I don't buy it for a second. You think she really sits down and looks at her medical expenses and says, "Oh, well, these expenses would make the people in my risk pool uncomfortable for religious reasons if they somehow discovered I needed these items, so I'd better just pay for it out of pocket?" Oh, sure. Sure she does.
Anyway, I got up to 50 in my count of sponsors and still had only a handful of women.
Yes, most of the representatives outraged that the government requires employers who offer insurance to have that insurance cover all "preventative services," including birth control, are men. That pretty much tells you all you need to know.
See, here's how they want it. If you, sir, apply for a job that pays $50,000 a year with full medical benefits, and I apply for that exact same job that pays $50,000 a year, those Representatives want my employer to be able to offer me less compensation. A man can have full medical coverage. But a woman cannot.
This nonsense —
WHEREAS, the Department of Health and Human Services issued an interim final rule for comment that would require private health insurance plans to cover, as “preventative services,” surgical sterilization, contraceptives, and some FDA-approved abortion inducing drugs to employees and students at no cost to the enrollee in a manner that offends the religious sensibilities of the employers and plans
They actually spent a good portion of Wednesday morning making a big show out of debating this. (I guess they solved the jobs problem Tuesday and just forgot to tell us?) It'd be hilarious if it wasn't so sad. People elected the Republicans to office because they actually believed they were going to do what they said — create jobs, reform government, do things the right way.
And they spent your money Wednesday morning passing a resolution to let the federal government know that it hurts their feelings if they can't make sure we women know they think our reproductive systems are yucky and somehow magically never in need of medical care.
Makes you proud, doesn't it?