August 2, 2012

Out of Control Rhetoric

"I know in your mind, you can think of the times America was attacked.  One is Dec. 7, that's Pearl Harbor Day. The other is Sept. 11, and that's the day the terrorists attacked. I want you to remember Aug. 1, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates."  Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA).
Yep.  Coverage for women's preventative services goes into effect today. Under the new rules, benefits such as such as contraception, breastfeeding support and supplies, and gestational diabetes screening, among others, will now be covered without out of pocket costs (once the woman's plan renews).  There are some exemptions for religious employers, and a 'safe harbor' period for enforcement.

Kelly added these statements
“Our freedoms and way of life have been under attack before, from both internal and external threats. If we fail to defend our constitutional rights, we risk losing the freedoms that so many brave men and women have given their lives to defend throughout the course of our nation’s history.
 “We will not turn a blind eye to the HHS mandate’s attack on our religious freedom and we will work to stop this unconstitutional mandate from taking away our God-given and constitutionally protected rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Regardless of one's opinion on whether contraceptives are 'preventative services' in the same vein as the others covered under the new provisions, someone should remind the gentleman from Pennsylvania that the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. 

And someone should tell him that taking the names of Pearl Harbor and 9/11 in vain, while constitutionally protected, is downright disgusting; hopefully his constituents will do that at their earliest opportunity.

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