Look...I get that Obama's trying to reach across the aisle and all that jazz, but are Dems going to cave in every time the GOP gets their briefs in a twist?
The stimulus package proposed in the House wasn't going to pay for contraception!
From the actual text of the Act's summary:
State Option to Cover Family Planning Services. Under current law, the Secretary has the authority under section 1115 of the Social Security Act to grant waivers to states to allow them to cover family planning services and supplies to low-income women who are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid. The bill would give states the option to provide such coverage without obtaining a waiver. States could continue to use the existing waiver authority if they preferred.
So, if states want to participate in this option, they will not have to be subject to loads of red tape (the current waiver process is lengthy apparently) and administrative costs. Yeah, OMG...cutting costs and reducing wasteful spending is such a bad thing.
It's literally a small part of the bigger health care package included in the stimulus, but the GOP was up in arms over this?
Someone please explain to me why Obama and Pelosi caved in on this. Don't the Dems have a majority in both chambers? Why are we taking the GOP's criticism to heart when they didn't give a damn about Dems' interests over the last 8 years? Did we cave in because provisions regarding women's health are going to be part of some larger health care reform package that is TBA? If the answer to that is yes, then that's the only way I can be ok with this.
Talk me down, peeps!
Source: LA Times
UPDATE: a nice easy-to-read summary of the entire bill can be found here.