Missouri’s Blunt Leads Attack on Health Care!


Dear Kevin,

You’ve got to be kidding us! The attacks on full access to birth control for everyone continue in Congress–and, in fact, the attacks are escalating beyond birth control to all women’s health care, and to all health care really.

It’s ridiculous.

What’s going on, anyway? U.S. Senator Roy Blunt introduced an amendment to a transportation bill (S. 1813) that gives virtually limitless and unprecedented license to ANY employer or insurance plan, religious or not, to exclude ANY health service, no matter how essential, in the health services they cover based on “religious beliefs or moral convictions.” [1]

We’ll be blunt: This extreme legislation, which could be voted on this week, threatens men and women’s health coverage across the board, and also is a direct attack on protections for women’s health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

* Tell Congress to be blunt and say “no” to this horrible amendment meant to limit birth control and all health care:

http://action.momsrising.org/go/1613?akid=3156.90096.4K1ct_&t=4

This type of meddling in medical decisions should be made by doctors and their patients, not by employers, and certainly not by members of Congress.

That’s right. This week, Congress could vote to give your employer – even those that are not religious institutions — the power to decide what medical treatment you receive.

In a horrible turn of events, some opportunistic members of Congress see the recent debate about birth control as an opening to take extreme action to dramatically restrict access to health care for both men and women by giving employers the option not to pay for ANY treatment under the guise of a “moral” objection.

If you think this sounds abstract – think again. Because the amendment does not define “religious beliefs or moral convictions,” this legislation could mean:

An employer who thinks a medical treatment is too expensive and would rather not pay for it could use the excuse that they “morally” object to it and have coverage for the treatment removed from the health insurance plan they offer.
An employer could refuse to cover mental health care on the grounds that he or she believes that psychiatric problems should only be treated with prayer.
An employer could offer a plan that does not cover maternity care for unmarried women in its plan, claiming that such coverage violates its belief that sex and procreation are permissible only within the marital relationship. [2]
* Don’t forget to take a moment now to contact your members of Congress now urging them to oppose this extreme legislation that gives could dangerously restrict health coverage access:

http://action.momsrising.org/go/1613?akid=3156.90096.4K1ct_&t=6

Not only is the Blunt Amendment extreme and unwise, it is also totally out of step with American’s real concerns and health care needs. Right now, approximately 17 percent of Americans have no health coverage. Those who are lucky to be insured, struggle with affording the coverage they have. According to a recent poll, roughly half (52 percent) of those polled reported skipping or delaying medical care in the past year; 21 percent say they have skipped a recommended medical test or treatment, and an equal share did not fill a prescription for a medicine. [3]

Everyone gets sick. It’s ridiculous to have our birth control and healthcare under attack.

Now’s the time to speak up! Please forward this email to at least two or three of your friends now and urge them to take action–and also post the action link on Facebook.

Together, we are a powerful voice for children and families,

– Ashley, Kristin, Donna, Claire, Ruth and the whole MomsRising team

[1] Full Text of the Blunt Amendment: http://action.momsrising.org/go/1614?akid=3156.90096.4K1ct_&t=8

[2] “The Blunt Amendment Takes Away Access to Critical Health Insurance Coverage for Millions of Americans,” National Women’s Law Center: http://action.momsrising.org/go/1615?akid=3156.90096.4K1ct_&t=10

[3] “More Americans Uninsured in 2011,” Gallup.com: http://action.momsrising.org/go/1616?akid=3156.90096.4K1ct_&t=12

P.S. Big thanks to our colleagues at the National Women’s Law Center for their leadership on this issue!

Like what we’re doing? Donate: We’re a bootstrap, low overhead, mom run organization. Your donations make the work of MomsRising.org possible–and we deeply appreciate your support. Every little bit counts.

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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2 Responses to Missouri’s Blunt Leads Attack on Health Care!

  1. eslkevin says:

    Your Boss In Your Bedroom?

    Feb 28, 2012 | By
    ThinkProgress War Room

    The Conservative War on Birth Control Marches On
    You might like your boss or you might hate your boss, but either way there’s probably one place you don’t want your boss hanging around: in your bedroom. But that’s exactly where Republicans want to put your boss — in your bedroom and in between you and your doctor when it comes to making your own personal health care decisions.

    Here’s the rundown of this week’s battle in the conservative war on birth control and women’s health care.

    WHO: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and allies including Sens. Scott Brown (R-MA), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

    WHAT: Legislation that would allow ANY employer or insurance company to deny ANY essential or preventative health care benefit for essentially ANY reason. Benefits that could be denied include:

    contraception
    cancer screenings
    diabetes screenings
    STD screenings
    prenatal care
    mental health coverage
    This bill is so extreme that if your boss believed in healing exclusively through the power of prayer, he would have sufficient legal grounds to deny you coverage for various medical conditions. If your boss had a moral objection to single mothers, he could deny unmarried pregnant women prenatal coverage. Or if your boss had a “moral” objection to overweight people, diabetes screenings would not have to be covered.

    Under the conservative plan, all of the above would be perfectly legal. Under the progressive plan — the Affordable Care Act, Americans and their doctors are in charge of their health care decisions, not insurance companies and your boss.

    WHERE: The legislation’s proponents are attempting to attach this measure to a completely unrelated bill — the surface transportation re-authorization bill (aka the highway bill).

    WHEN: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced earlier today that the Senate would vote on the measure on Thursday.

    IN ONE SENTENCE: Conservatives want to take away affordable access to birth control and put your boss in your bedroom and in charge of your most personal health care decisions.

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  2. eslkevin says:

    Dear Missouri MoveOn member,

    The Missouri legislature is facing an agenda packed with urgent issues: Attacks on workers’ rights. Corporate tax breaks. Implementation of the health care law. A voter ID law to make it harder to vote.

    MoveOn members across Missouri want to make their voices heard on these issues and many others being debated in Jefferson City. But first someone needs to take the lead. That’s where you come in.

    To help, MoveOn has launched a website called SignOn.org, where you can create your very own petition to Governor Jay Nixon or the Missouri legislature on whatever issues you’re most concerned about.

    We’ll help make sure all the signatures get delivered and even send the most popular petitions to other MoveOn members in the state. But don’t wait—it is urgent that you act now before these issues are decided.

    Click here to create your petition to Gov. Nixon or the Missouri legislature.

    Thanks for all you to do.

    –Steven, Anna, Laura, Stefanie, and the rest of the team

    Want to support our work? MoveOn Civic Action is entirely funded by our 5 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.

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