Surprise: Senate Dems raising money off of HHS mandate
You didn’t really think it was about public policy did you?
From the word go many conservatives smelled a rat when the federal Department of Health and Human Services mandated that Catholic institutions violate the tenants of their faith and pay for “free” birth control in the health care coverage they offer their employees.
Get Republicans talking about social issues! Smoke Romney out on the Massachusetts health care law! Get everyone angry and divide the nation! To hell with religious liberty! Right?
Well, the whole thing seems to have blown up in the Obama administration’s face. The Catholic Bishops are so angry they are thisclose to telling their flock for whom to vote in November, or at least for whom not to vote. Meanwhile, a new Rasmussen poll shows most Americans side with the Bishops on this issue, not Obama and the left.
But that hasn’t stopped Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wa.), who heads up the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from sending out a – you guessed it – fundraising appeal to “fight back against right wing attacks against women’s health.”
“I can hardly believe this: Republican Senators are pushing legislation that will allow any employer to deny women coverage for birth control! Yes, you read that right. Birth control,” Murray writes dishonestly.
“Who could have imagined that in 2012 we’d be fighting over access to something as fundamental as birth control? It just shows exactly how extreme these Republicans are – and just how crucial it is that we defeat them,” she continues.
Murray is being grossly dishonest here. Republicans are talking neither about “birth control” nor “women’s health” but rather religious liberty and the right to conscience. Furthermore, the only reason it is a discussion at all is because of an HHS dictate that Catholics and other religious groups violate their conscience and provide “free” birth control to their employees.
Everything people need to know about this is that it is now a fundraising tool for Democrats running for Senate.