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April 12, 2011

It’s really hard to find a more hypocritical position that the National Right to Life Committee on health care. Peruse their website for a few minutes. The only mention of the recent budget debate is the proposed defunding of Planned Parenthood. Nothing on plans to privatize Medicare by forcing people to pay far more for their coverage (in fact, costs would increase overall, even as the publicly-funded part shrinks). Nothing on the plan to cut a trillion dollars from Medicaid, the basic health safety net for the poor. Nothing.

You might think that they focus only on abortion, and don’t pay much attention to health care. You would be wrong. One of their two major “action alerts” relates to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (the other is Planned Parenthood). Their website has a lot to say about health care in general, and Medicare in particular. Without really providing any evidence, they asset that the Affordable Care Act is full of rationing. They defend the American health care system. Much of it is laughably out of date, including a criticism of the Clinton administration’s position on cost control in the 1990s.

It’s interesting that they go back to the 1990s, because he’s what you won’t find – any mention of the GOP’s attempts to cut Medicare by 14 percent in 1995 and 13 percent in 1997, or almost 60 votes taken by that party against protecting or strengthening Medicare over the past decade. You will find nothing about the recent proposals that would pretty much end Medicare as we know it.

All they really care about is the ability of people to purchase their own health care coverage. It’s that simple and that selfish. The poor and the uninsured be damned.  They don’t care about pervasive rationing in the current system, with over 50 million uninsured and further 25 million underinsured. They don’t care about health costs being the leading cost of bankruptcy. They don’t care that rationing is far worse in the United States than in comparator countries, with 54 percent of people facing cost barriers to treatment. They don’t care that lack of insurance leads to 44,000 deaths a year. They don’t care about maternity costs not being covered. They don’t care about draconian budget cuts on the backs of the poor, which are closer to real-life death panels that anything they have conjured up from the Affordable Care Act. They just don’t care.

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15 Comments
  1. April 12, 2011 4:52 pm

    They just don’t care

    Kinda like how you don’t seem to care that your president was perfectly willing to shutdown the entire federal government to make sure that Planned Parenthood didn’t lose a single cent?

    • Colin Gormley permalink
      April 12, 2011 10:47 pm

      Tis true. I find it funny that the Democrats, the supposed defender of the poor and marginalized etc, would be willing to cut off funds to said poor in order to continue to murder children in the name of women’s health.

      The poor be damned, abortion is the one thing the Democrats will not compromise on.

    • April 13, 2011 7:56 am

      How do you know that?

    • Kurt permalink
      April 13, 2011 8:15 am

      The government was in no danger of being shut down over the PP amendment. The Republicans were never serious about it from day one.

      • Matt permalink
        April 13, 2011 10:50 am

        The government was in no danger of being shut down over the PP amendment. The Republicans were never serious about it from day one.

        So Nine Democratic female senators have no credibility on the issue?

        http://goo.gl/DDWbN

      • Kurt permalink
        April 15, 2011 8:43 am

        So Nine Democratic female senators have no credibility on the issue?

        I didn’t catch where they said they would shut down the government over this. They joined with fair-minded pro-lifers (including the Roman Catholic Sisters of Mercy) to expose what this provision was really about. Putting some sunshine on the GOP tricks was the best way to resolve this matter and keep the government open.

        from the news article you linked:

        The Democrats were joined Friday by a group of anti-abortion religious leaders who accused Republicans of holding women’s health hostage in their attempts to strip Planned Parenthood.

        “The concerns regarding Planned Parenthood are misguided. It is clearly understood that there is no federal funding for abortion — end of discussion,” said the Rev. Derrick Harkins, pastor of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington.

        “Threatening to shut down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood is a distraction that won’t balance the budget or prevent the tragedy of abortion,” added Steve Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington.

      • Matt permalink
        April 15, 2011 5:34 pm

        The government was in no danger of being shut down over the PP amendment. The Republicans were never serious about it [i.e., the PP amendment –Matt] from day one.

        Kurt,

        Did you catch the part where the nine Democratic female senators said Republicans were serious about the PP amendment?

      • Kurt permalink
        April 16, 2011 4:20 pm

        No, Matt. I didn’t see them use that word. But the pro-choicers have certainly taken advantage of the opportunity given them. PP is raking in millions in private and corporate contributions thanks to the way the geniuses in the RTL movement have handled this.

        I’m still waiting for a single person to explain why the MCP language was not used. Cat got your tongue?

  2. Tom permalink
    April 12, 2011 5:40 pm

    The fact is that “conservatives” have a much smaller circle of concern. They have insurance, and their friends and families have insurance—so what is the problem? Their daughters were fortunate enough to not get pregnant at an inopportune time—so why can’t other people do the same? What they advantages they possess are not gifts from God, but just rewards for their superior merit.

    • Tom permalink
      April 12, 2011 7:53 pm

      Whoops–“fact” was a poor choice of a word. I should have said—“In my opinion.”

  3. Eric Brown permalink
    April 12, 2011 5:49 pm

    I strongly agree.

  4. Cindy permalink
    April 13, 2011 7:15 am

    I just wonder if anyone has read Matt Tiabbi of Rolling Stone this week? He hits it out of the ball park again. I just wish people would care more about this stuff. Ialso wish that people would come together and hold the real culprits accountable, instead of the poor and lower income people that reside in our country.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-real-housewives-of-wall-street-look-whos-cashing-in-on-the-bailout-20110411?page=1

  5. Bruce in Kansas permalink
    April 13, 2011 7:58 am

    I hope you feel better.

    It is a shame the National Right to Life doesn’t propose an alternative comprehensive medical coverage plan for the current mess in the US.

    But is supporting Medicare really the only way to demonstrate one cares about the poor? Maybe not, but your post makes it sound like it.

    Assigning the motive of selfishness or ignorance to conservative positions on national policy might be spot on. Or it might not.

  6. brian martin permalink
    April 13, 2011 3:29 pm

    I find a significant amout of looking at from one side to the other and assigning blame on those with opposing views. It is quite easy to look at conservatives and paint with a broad brush…they have their insurance, they don’t care about the poor. We have become a country of broad brush demagoguery. And unfortunately, Catholics too seem to divide themselves in left vs. right terms, and use the same broad brushes. Truly intelligent discourse would include a glance askance at ones own assumptions. Comments like “they just don’t care” are nonsensical to their core. Sure some of the conservatives may not care..but many may just have different answers. And some of them are truly from caring people. I now many people who are very active at local homeless shelters, etc. who actively give of their time and money…money they want to donate where they can helping people more directly than having the federal government do it for them. They worked for what they have, and they feel that the government should not dictate who or what is funded with their money. I may disagree on idealogical grounds, but I cannot say they don’t care.

  7. Kurt permalink
    April 15, 2011 8:49 am

    Truly intelligent discourse would include a glance askance at ones own assumptions. Comments like “they just don’t care” are nonsensical to their core. Sure some of the conservatives may not care..but many may just have different answers. And some of them are truly from caring people. I now many people who are very active at local homeless shelters, etc. who actively give of their time and money…money they want to donate where they can helping people more directly than having the federal government do it for them. They worked for what they have, and they feel that the government should not dictate who or what is funded with their money. I may disagree on idealogical grounds, but I cannot say they don’t care.

    I think that comment adds to the conversation and I appreciate it.

    But of course of the two provisions here supported by conservatives, one sets aside self-government and has the federal government dictate to a local government how to spend local tax dollars. The other dictates who may bid on a federal contract rather than have contracts based on merit.

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