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. texan

    Agree-- otherwise anything an employer disagreed with would be eliminated and each employer could "design" their own poilcy. I am a Christian, however, wasn`t this country founded on religious freedom ??????

    March 1, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Good. What will be the GOPs next salvo in their neverending culture war? We've now covered education and what women do with their hoohoos...so are we back to race again? Probably. Prediction: conservative SCOTUS will take a dump on affirmative action this year.

    March 1, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The amendment was ridiculously worded. It is yet another not so obvious attempt to undermine health care reform and the Affordable Care Act. You could claim you believe in faith healing, and not offer any medical insurance to employees. You could bow out of paying Medicare/Medicaid taxes. You could file a protest against paying any income taxes because they might be used to provide health care, and you object on the grounds that you believe in faith healing.

    The more extreme Republicans get, the more their attempts at social enigneering seem to insult your intelligence. I mean, how dumb do they think we are? Considering the quality of their top tier presidential canididates, it makes me want to ask how dumb can they become?

    March 1, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  4. Tired of republican lies

    Good...they need to be working with the President on jobs, not this petty crap. The GOBP know no bounds to their over reaching tacticts...I am truly sick of them...smdh

    March 1, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit asked:

    ....We've now covered education and what women do with their hoohoos...so are we back to race again? Probably.....
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    I think you're right. The anti-immigration sheriff in Arizona [ Arp-something ] is about to release the results of his investigation into Pres. Obama's birth certificate.

    March 1, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  6. Mick

    @ Sniffit, great post! Love it.

    March 1, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. phoenix86

    Democrats voting for totalitarian governmental authority. Those cheering for the democrats should realize that someday (perhaps in 2012), the individual with the authoritarian power you are pushing for now will use the power you gave him to enforce his ideology on you.

    March 1, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Alex in Wisconsin

    Another victory for common sense. But this bill should not have been attached to a transportation Bill. let it stand on it's own merits and lets the record of whoever voted in favor of this to be burned into the eyes of the electorate. This vote wasn't about women's rights, it affected the rights of all Americans to work without discrimination based on our employer's views of whats acceptable medicine. Imagine if the CEO of Walmart and McDonalds only believed in Holistic Medicine and had the power to prevent their employees from having life saving surgery. Do conservatives really believe that the solution would be for the person in need of surgery to quit their job and work somewhere else?

    March 1, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Sniffit asked:

    ....We've now covered education and what women do with their hoohoos...so are we back to race again? Probably.....
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    I think you're right. The anti-immigration sheriff in Arizona [ Arp-something ] is about to release the results of his investigation into Pres. Obama's birth certificate."

    Don't forget...there's an actual case before the SCOTUS about affirmative action: Fisher v. U of Texas. Roberts, Alito, Scalia and his pet Thomas are all drooling over this opportunity.

    March 1, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Democrats voting for totalitarian governmental authority. Those cheering for the democrats should realize that someday (perhaps in 2012), the individual with the authoritarian power you are pushing for now will use the power you gave him to enforce his ideology on you."

    You mean like an employer telling you that you can't have contraception coverage in your employer-provided insurance? That kind of enforcing of ideology on me?

    March 1, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    Good job Senators..at least those that voted this idiocy down. As for the ones who approve of it....too bad

    March 1, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    phoenix86 wrote:

    Democrats voting for totalitarian governmental authority. Those cheering for the democrats should realize that someday (perhaps in 2012), the individual with the authoritarian power you are pushing for now will use the power you gave him to enforce his ideology on you.
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    Relax. Maybe some Democrats did vote for Santorum in the Michigan primary. I'm pretty sure that most of them did it because they liked him, too. So, I will pass along your caution about electing an authoritarian power as POTUS, and admonish them for voting for Santorum. Because I agree with you. Santorum has already said in so many words that he will push and enforce his ideology on all of us.

    March 1, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Gee, Democrats voting to force religious organizations to violate their beliefs. I guess they can even force them to provide abortions. Why not? It's legal right? It is clear the Democrat Party has been taken over by far left anti-religion zealots that have no intention of following the Constitution and protecting religious beliefs. This what happens as the far left pushes their agenda into every aspect of our lives. YOUR beliefs and religious values get pushed aside to make room for theirs. Shredding the Constitution seems to be a daily event for Obama and his far left Democrat Party.

    March 1, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Joi Gibson

    These Republicans make my head hurt. How is it possible for them to be so clueless? They are trying to bring up ridiculous legislation in retaliation because they think President Obama is infringing upon religious freedom. Maybe if they took the time to comprehend the adjustment that has been made, they might actually get back to bringing up legislation to help the county. Nah, why do your job! It's more fun to get paid by taxpayers to do nothing and then blame the President. Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!!

    March 1, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. phoenix86

    Sniffit, above your level. But I think you'll see the result of your efforts in your lifetime.

    March 1, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  16. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Sniffit - You mean like an employer telling you that you can't have contraception coverage in your employer-provided insurance? That kind of enforcing of ideology on me?
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    What makes you think you have a right to tell an employer what they must pay for when providing benefits? It's a free country. Maybe you need to find an employer that wants to pay for your contraceptives and abortions? Since you think you are entitled to them at no cost, I'm sure there are many out there will will gladly succumb to your demands.

    March 1, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    " Don't forget...there's an actual case before the SCOTUS about affirmative action: Fisher v. U of Texas. Roberts, Alito, Scalia and his pet Thomas are all drooling over this opportunity. "
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    Yeah, I've heard about that one. The mere fact that it has not been dismissed on its' merits is a bad signal for the future of equal opportunity. I understand that Texas kids get carte blanche acceptance into the state run universities and colleges if they rank in the top 10%, or something like that, in their graduating class. The plaintiff didn't make the top 30%, but filed a suit because someone [ a minority, of course ] who did rank in the top 10%, was accepted and the plaintiff was not. The plaintiff has turned what should have been a purely academic matter into a social issue.

    March 1, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "Sniffit, above your level. But I think you'll see the result of your efforts in your lifetime."

    Sure hope I do. You guys have given us a whole pantload of nonsense to dig ourselves and our society out from.

    March 1, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "What makes you think you have a right to tell an employer what they must pay for when providing benefits?"

    The Commerce Clause. Next question.

    March 1, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    Sniffit

    "What makes you think you have a right to tell an employer what they must pay for when providing benefits?"

    The Commerce Clause. Next question.
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    What does the commerce clause have to do with a small business which does no business outside the state in which it's incorporated?

    March 1, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Linda

    Thank God! These right wing idiots do nothing positive to help this nation. If they were my reps, I would fire them immediately! How could anyone vote to hand over the decisions about anyone's health to their employers? Totally ignorant and useless – that pretty much describes those who are all of a sudden against women and their rights. We fought long and hard for control over our private lives and health – why in the world does anyone want to take that away? They have nothing but reactionary policies – wasting our time and money. Throw the bums out!

    March 1, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Pam from Iowa

    The bill was an ignorant stunt by the GOP.
    Personally, I could never understand an insurance carrier was not willing to pay for the pill, but was willing to pay the obstetrician, and 18 years of medical bills for a child.
    And, all the insurance carriers cover Viagra!!! That one I will never understand. A man will live without that just fine! So why cover it by insurance?????

    March 1, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. 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. So instead of an insurance company denying coverage the employer would. Once again Republicans demonstrate that not only can they not fix problems, they cannot even recognize a problem exists.

    March 1, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. anagram_kid

    Truth wrote, “…Gee, Democrats voting to force religious organizations to violate their beliefs”. The sad fact is that you will never understand why we have a separation of church and state until it impacts you directly. And then, no one will complain more loudly.
    Obama 2012

    March 1, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Sniffit
    "What makes you think you have a right to tell an employer what they must pay for when providing benefits?"
    The Commerce Clause. Next question.
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    Wrong yet again Sniifin. Coomerce Clause applies to INTERSTATE commerce. An employer not engaged in INTERSTATE commerce would then be exempt from this unconstititional mandate. Besides, the Constitutional protections of religious freedom would ALWAYS supercede any perceived government rights to foce people or organzations to do anything.

    But I do just LOVE how the leftists try to use this clause to force just about every aspect of their far left agenda on the country. Maybe it's time to repeal it and give the powers back to the states? If the USSC uphlolds this leftist insanity, there will be no other recourse.

    March 1, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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