The Blunt Amendment.... an amendment proposed by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) to a highway funding bill, would have allowed not only religious groups but any employer with moral objections to opt out of the coverage requirement. And it would have allowed such employers to do so in the case of not only contraception but any health service required by the 2010 health-care law.
The Blunt Amendment was rejected in the Senate March 1 of this year.
On February 29, Mitt Romney told an Ohio reporter....
“I’m not for the bill,” Romney declared. “But look, the idea of presidential candidates getting into questions about contraception, within a relation between a man and a woman, a husband and wife, I’m not going there.”
Before that day was over, unsurprisingly, Mr. Romney had changed his stance on the Blunt Amendment...
"I didn’t understand his question. Of course I support the Blunt amendment. I thought he was talking about some state law that prevented people from getting contraception. So I simply misunderstood the question and of course I support the Blunt amendment…No, I simply misunderstood what he was talking about. I thought it was some Ohio legislation, where employers were prevented from providing contraceptives, and so I talked about contraceptives and so I really misunderstood the question."
The...."I thought he was talking about some state law that prevented people from getting contraception".....part is astoundingly silly on its face and demonstrates the lengths Mr. Romney will go to mislead and deceive potential voters.
Pertinent to this discussion....
Romney opposed such broad conscience exemptions as governor of Massachusetts and even mandated his health department to issue regulations that required all hospitals — including Catholic institutions — to offer the morning after pill to rape victims.
Tuesday evening at the debate, Mr. Romney said this...
“I don’t believe that bureaucrats in Washington should tell someone whether they can use contraceptives or not, and I don’t believe employers should tell someone whether they can have contraceptive care or not,” Romney said. “Every woman in America should have access to contraceptives, and the president’s statement of my policy is completely and totally wrong."
Mr. Romney is a very oily politician. Practiced in the art of deceptive answer-giving. When Mr. Romney speaks of women having "access" to contraceptives, what he means is that contraception should not be rendered illegal. In Mr. Romney's explanation, women should not be denied the right to have a doctor prescribe, and a pharmacy fill, prescriptions for contraception.
In Romney's remarks about employers....the candidate is being extraordinarily evasive....some might say, purposely deceptive. "I don’t believe employers should tell someone whether they can have contraceptive care or not." What Mr. Romney's statement means is that employers shouldn't "tell" an employee that they can't have contraceptive care. What Mr. Romney means is that if an employee wishes to purchase "contraception care" on their own, the employer shouldn't tell that employee that they can't. The fact that this isn't and doesn't happen....and is not a "problem" anyone is raising....to Mitt Romney....is beside the point.
But make no mistake. Mr. Romney is absolutely not embracing president Obama's mandate in Obamacare that all health insurance packages in the future exchanges cover contraception without a co-pay. Mr. Romney is talking about something else entirely. And that something else was meant to smokescreen his real position on "access" to contraception.
Access, to Mr. Romney, means that a person is not prevented from paying for health insurance themselves which covers contraception. Something that no one is talking about or arguing over. He wouldn't want to change a person's right to purchase contraception directly, or purchase health insurance directly, which covers contraception. What he does not mean is that employers should be mandated to provide contraception coverage in health care benefits to employees.
My take here is exactly how the repellant Bill Donahue of the Catholic League interpreted Mr. Romney's debate answer....
“I think Romney meant that employers should be allowed to make that decision [to provide contraception] on their own, without the federal government telling them they have to provide it,” he said.
When Mr. Romney said this at the debate...
“Every woman in America should have access to contraceptives, and the president’s statement of my policy is completely and totally wrong.”
...he was trying to hoodwink women voters into believing that he was implying that he was in favor of no co-pay contraception in the employer mandate of Obamacare. What he was actually saying was that no woman should be denied her right to purchase whatever she wanted to purchase, herself......an argument no one is having.
You gotta hand it to the former governor.....he knows how to speak the language of doubletalk. Mr. Romney knows he is in trouble with women voters. Responding to that knowledge, Mr. Romney carefully crafted a response in the debate that sounded reasonable......but in fact, was meant to mislead.
Not only would Mr. Romney defund Planned Parenthood, whose largest role in women's health care is the dispensing of contraception and doing prevention screenings, but he would repeal Obamacare (on day one) with it's employer mandate to provide contraception coverage in health care insurance benefits.
It isn't that Mr. Romney wants to stop women from buying their own contraception insurance. It's not that Mr. Romney wants to stop women from being able to go to their doctors for a prescription for birth control pills....which they can then pay for with their own money. In other words, Mr. Romney is not against something which is not being argued or discussed by anyone....whether an adult can make their own purchasing decisions.
Mr. Romney just doesn't want Planned Parenthood to be partially subsidized by government dollars and doesn't want Obamacare to mandate contraception coverage in health insurance provided by employers. In other words, he just wants women to be "on their own."
And that means that what Mr. Romney believes, and intends to do, is bad for women and women's health.
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