Senate votes to kill controversial contraception amendment
March 1st, 2012
12:00 PM ET
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Senate votes to kill controversial contraception amendment

(CNN) - The Senate voted Thursday to kill a controversial proposal pushed by Republicans that would allow employers to opt out of providing health care coverage that they disagree with on moral grounds.


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  1. Ancient Texan

    Unions and Companies friendly to Obama can opt out, but nobody else.....It figures.

    March 1, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    @ anagram_kid –

    Quick question for you, my liberal friend. Should an employer be forced to provide insurance that covers face lifts and breast augmentations if the procedure would make the patient "feel better about herself" and thus improve her overall mental health?

    March 1, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. jsmoulder

    The Democrats telling US they know best how to spend our money.

    March 1, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Internet Child

    Do people not realize there's a difference between requiring someone to have health insurance and requiring health insurance to cover everyone? First, the government can't provide a service, it has to take money from its citizens in order to pay someone else to. Second, it is unconstitutional for the government to require a private entity to provide a service free of charge. Honestly, health insurance coverage should be required of everyone. If circumstances dictate that you can't pay for your own, we already have Medicare and Medicaid.

    March 1, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    anagram_kid

    The irony of all this is that this would cause the same problem the AHC act was needed to prevent – lack of availability of health insurance coverage.
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    You've got it, kid. Like said above, this is really a fight against the Affordable Care Act. They must know that they cannot win the argument about government forcing you to go out and purchase stuff. Government already does that in several ways. They make you go out and buy clothes, for one.

    March 1, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Unions and Companies friendly to Obama can opt out, but nobody else.....It figures."

    Huh? Specific exemptions were made for churches and religious institutions, just not regaulr employers with some sort fo religious belief they wanted to enforce on others. You're getting your talking points mixed up. The lie you just parroted is supposed to the Teatroll pavlovian response to mention of the ACA, not this contraception coverage rule.

    March 1, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. vic , nashville ,tn

    80s Republicans work hard to attract democratic base its paid back in 1984 and 1994 now they are going after Unions, minorities’ women

    March 1, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. anagram_kid

    Ancient Texan,
    Can you provide any proof to that unions and companies friendly to Obama can opt out? Please read the AHCA and let us all know where it states that. Or you could just look up the word hyperbole. (Hint, it is not a substitute for logic or a valid argument and make the user look ignorant).

    March 1, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "What does the commerce clause have to do with a small business which does no business outside the state in which it's incorporated?"

    You're right...I also forgot the Necessary and Proper Clause. Of course, if you'd read the Raich decision, written by conservative hero Scalia, you'd know that even small personal behaviors that take place only within your home can end up regulated pursuant to the Commerce Clause, so spare us the superficial outrage.

    March 1, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Marry

    I talked to a friend of mine the other day. She is a really nice lady! Somehow we talked about the GOP “candidates”. She was against the President because “you know health-care”.
    It did shock me a bit but then it hit me again: So many people are not able or willing to look at the problems we are all facing as an INDEPENDEND and research and look at what the parties offer as solutions. It is really sad how people let themselves be manipulated, are satisfied with “talking-points” and not even notice how the GOP/TP candidates twist every topic so they do not have to come up with solutions. It is always BHO’s (how disrespectful!) fault without them even looking at it. As some were saying above, perhaps it is race after all and wanting “that one” to fail! It is disgusting – no way to get the country together!!

    March 1, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Obama's Snake Oil on Sale - Git yur lies and deceit here!!

    Sniffit - You're right...I also forgot the Necessary and Proper Clause. Of course, if you'd read the Raich decision, written by conservative hero Scalia, you'd know that even small personal behaviors that take place only within your home can end up regulated pursuant to the Commerce Clause, so spare us the superficial outrage.
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    Sniffit my man! YOU will be my next appointment to the USSC!! Between the two of us, we'll be able to do whatever we want to all these sheep, even in their own homes. First thing I want to do is force them to have a 36"x18" picture on ME prominently displayed in a place of honor in their living room.

    March 1, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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