“The men who have brought us this [amendment] don’t single out a procedure that is used by a man, or a drug that is used by a man, that involves his reproductive health care, and say they have to get a special rider…There is nothing in this amendment that says if a man some day wants to buy Viagra, for example, that his pharmaceutical coverage cannot cover it, that he has to buy a rider.”
This is the latest drivel in the health care debate brought to the Senate floor by Barbara Boxer this past Monday in response to the Nelson Amendment, a proposal “to ensure that no federal funds are used to pay for abortion.”
After Senator Reid’s ridiculous statement comparing health care reform to slavery, this recent absurdity reminds me of the Jim Carrey movie, Dumb and Dumber. What the heck does Viagra have to do with abortion? How is there any comparison between an erection (or lack thereof) and terminating the life of a fetus? Either Barbara Boxer is on drugs, is showing her ignorance, or worse, she’s demonstrating her lack of sensitivity for the unborn.
Nebraska’s Senator Ben Nelson noted that the current Senate health care bill does “allow taxpayer dollars, directly and indirectly, to pay for insurance plans that cover abortion.” Nelson led the charge along with nine others Senators, offering an amendment that mirrored the Stupak Amendment language that was passed by the House last month and was to extend the Hyde Amendment, which was passed by Congress in 1976, barring public funds from covering abortion.
Abortion is an extremely contentious topic and even though the goal of the ten Senators was not to take a woman’s “right to choose” away but to make sure taxpayers don’t have to foot the bill, it was rejected yesterday by the Senate with a 54-45 vote. While I’m sure Boxer did some high fives, Majority Leader Harry Reid had a message of his own: “The legislation is about access to health care, not abortion.” Do Boxer and Reid know that an abortion is an elective medical procedure with the goal of ending a life, not health care aimed at caring for and saving lives? When are these progressive Democrats going to get out of their pathetic ideology and off their “we know what is best for America” pedestal for just a few minutes and do what is right? Or at least they can choose proper analogies to make their point.
The silver lining in the dark clouds looming over ObamaCare (if there is one) is that Barbara Boxer and others in Congress are up for re-election in 2010! “Call me Senator” Boxer may be facing off with either Carly Fiorina or Chuck Devore in 2010. While a November Rasmussen poll puts Boxer ahead of both Republican candidates, there is plenty of time to expose her inadequacies.
Senator Boxer’s voting record reflects a left wing political agenda, a partisan approach, and a strong partiality toward unions. Boxer is also considered a career politician who apparently hasn’t done much legislating or communicating with her constituents, although she has plenty of time to write books and attend book signings.
This past summer, Boxer preferred to serve herself rather than conduct town hall meetings to address the concerns about health care reform shared by many California citizens. Who could forget her starring role as Obama’s attack dog condemning concerned citizens — proof that she doesn’t give a damn about us citizens. And more revealing was Boxer’s condescending racial twaddle when she addressed Harry Alford, the President and CEO of the Black Chamber of Commerce.
As I continue to monitor and research the potential Republican candidates who may get in the ring with Boxer, it is clear that whoever gets the job, a knockout would be the best outcome for this political bout. Since this match will affect my state, my hope is that Boxer’s 2005 book, A Time to Run, is prophetic in nature. Wake up California, we need a change — it’s time to run Boxer right out of office. Three terms (18 years) is long enough!