Posts tagged "health care"

Jon Stewart Takes On Rush Limbaugh Over “Slut” Slur

Jon Stewart took on Rush Limbaugh's "slut" slur on last night's show and put it best, as always: "Personally, I don't get too worked up by the things Rush Limbaugh says because he is, and has been for many years, a terrible person." This is so amazing, I have nothing better to say than put your…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 6, 2012

Patricia Heaton Attacks Sandra Fluke Over Twitter

 I know you were all breathlessly waiting to hear what Patricia Heaton, who played the wife on "Everybody Loves Raymond," had to say about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke's public comments regarding birth control coverage under health care reform. (More background here and here.) But unfortunately for you, Heaton has deleted all of her tweet…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 6, 2012

Today’s Lady News: 11 Advertisers Drop Rush Limbaugh’s Show

As of this evening, 11 advertisers, including corporate biggie AOL, have dropped their $$$ from Rush Limbaugh's show after he called a woman a "prostitute" and "slut" on air. [Think Progress] Could — and would — Sandra Fluke sue Rush? [The Daily Beast] Women earn less then men at every education level, according to a new report by the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 5, 2012

Sandra Fluke Talks Rush Limbaugh’s ‘Slut’ Smear On “The View”

Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University Law student who was called a "slut" and a "prostitute" by Rush Limbaugh last week, appeared on "The View" this morning. She utterly floored me with her articulation, composure and professionalism.   Three weeks ago, Fluke was barred from testifying to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committe about women's acce…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 5, 2012

Advertisers Drop Rush Limbaugh After He Calls Woman “Slut” On Air

UPDATE, 3/3/12 at 6:30p.m: Rush Limbaugh issued an apology on his web site today to Sandra Fluke, a young woman he referred to earlier this week as a "slut" and "prostitute" during a discussion about birth control. In his apology, Limbaugh said: "For over 20 years, I have illustrated the absurd with absurdity, three hour…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 3, 2012

Senate Defeats Blunt Amendment Allowing Employers, Insurers To Opt Out Of Paying For Birth Control

Earlier today, the Senate narrowly defeated a proposal called the Blunt Amendment that would have allowed employers and health care insurers to opt out of paying for birth control (and other medical services) if it is contrary to their religious beliefs. The vote was 51 to 48, with Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine the sole…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 1, 2012

Hey, Boss, May I Please Go On The Pill?

You've probably read -- on The Frisky or elsewhere -- that religious employers are at odds with the Obama administration over the requirement, under the health care reform law, that insurers cover the cost of birth control if the employer itself — say, a Catholic school — refuses. These employers say it's against their conscience…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 1, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Women More Likely To Support Obama’s Birth Control Decision

Women are more likely than men to support President Obama's mandate that insurers cover the cost of birth control, according to a new poll of registered voters by Poll Position. Forty-six percent of women supported the mandate, compared to only 37 percent of men. Anyone else surprised these numbers are so low? [UPI] Senator Olympia…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 29, 2012

Jon Stewart On Congress’ Anti-Birth Control Sausagefest

Last night on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart was freaking hilarious in his coverage of last week's anti-birth control sausagefest in Congress, in which a panel of all dudes tried to argue against President Obama's health care reform compromise. Did you know these men mentioned "spiritual rape," whatever that is, and Josef Stalin? When you…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 21, 2012

Today’s Lady News: I Think They’re Just Messing With Us Now

Oh, look at this all-male TV panel that MSNBC convened to discuss yesterday's all-male hearing discussion about birth control coverage in healthcare reform!  Oklahoma's state Senate advanced a "fetal personhood" bill on Wednesday that criminalizes all abortion by defining a "person" as the fertilized egg. A bill like this would also criminalize in vitro fertilization, stem cell…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 17, 2012

This Is The Sausagefest Currently Testifying About Women’s Access To Affordable Birth Control

Here's a picture of the witness table at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is discussing access to contraception and comprehensive healthcare. Let's play a quick game of "Count the uteruses," shall we? Oh, right, there are none. At least there's a second panel coming up, which will include ... wait for it…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / February 16, 2012

Jon Stewart’s Send-Up To The “Holy Sausage Fest” Freaking Out Over Birth Control

Sean Hannity from Fox News had a whole bunch of dudes — white dudes, black dudes, all dudes — stop by for a big ol' sausage-fest discussion of the birth control debate. Comparisons between health care reform to getting taken over by the Nazis? Oh, yeah, somebody went there.  Jon Stewart's response is on point, as usual:…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2012

Obama Settles Birth Control Debate, Telling Insurers They Must Pick Up Tab If Employer Won’t

Every woman will have access to birth control under the Obama administration's latest decision regarding health care reform, which was meant to appease Catholic bishops who balked at a previous iteration of the rule. White House officials stated on Friday that insurers must create a policy that doesn't offer coverage of contraceptives that can be used…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 13, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Says Birth Control “Just Costs A Few Dollars,” Is Not Something “You Need Insurance For”

Oh, Rick Santorum, just shut up already! He told conservatives at the CPAC  conference today that insurers shouldn't cover the cost of birth control because it "costs just a few dollars. Is that what insurance is for?" He continued, adding "Things that are not really things you need insurance for, and still forcing on something…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 10, 2012

Birth Control Will Be Covered By Most Employers, Obama Administration Announces

Most employers will be required to cover the full cost of contraception and other preventative services in their health plans under the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. This means that women's preventative health care like birth control will be available without co-pays or deductibles when Obama's health care reform…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 20, 2012

Today’s Lady News: House Passes “Protect Life Act”

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed the "Protect Life Act," a bill that prohibits federal funds under Obama's healthcare reform from going towards any health insurance plans that cover abortion services. You should watch Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) statement on this crappy bill here. [Washington Post] People with eating disorders are fighting to have health…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 14, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Majority Of Americans Support Birth Control With No Extra Cost

Sixty-six percent of Americans say they support the government's decision to require health insurers to make birth control available without co-pays, according to a new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation. [Think Progress, Kaiser Family Foundation] Dick Cheney's new memoir includes an incident in which he describes Condoleezza Rice as "tearfully" admitting a mistake. Some…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 30, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Sean Hannity Will Not Pay For Your Birth Control, You Whore

Why does anyone go on Fox News "talk shows" when they just get screamed at? Sean Hannity burst a vein in his neck bellowing about how if he is not having the sex, he shouldn't be "paying for" the birth control under the new health care reform laws. People should have "responsibility," you see, and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 9, 2011

Stephen Colbert On Free Birth Control And Boner Pills

  The Frisky has kept you up-to-date on what Bill O'Reilly and other conservatives think about health insurers being told to cover women's birth control without co-pays — i.e. will Blue Cross/Blue Shield cover mani/pedis next? Thankfully, Stephen Colbert has also weighed in and it's a good thing, too. How else would we know that…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 4, 2011

Yes, Covering Birth Control Is Just Like Covering “Manicures And Pedicures”

"Is the White House out of their mind? Does the West Wing not know what the left wing is doing? We’re $14 trillion in debt and now we’re cover going to cover birth control, breast pumps, counseling for abuse? Are we going to do pedicures and manicures as well? ... Why in the world would…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2011