At issue is the fact that the President let a cat out of the bag. The cat is that the President prefers the Nelson abortion language over the Stupak abortion language. Never mind that of the two, Nelson is by far the lesser of two evils. Never mind that the rules of Conference don't allow conferees free rein to drop both - they must choose one, or come up with something in the middle.
You see, Jon Walker, billed as health care policy analyst from FireDogLake went on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman for a debate with Wendell Potter. This billing lends to my assumption that he speaks for FDL on this issue. I'm sure that if he does not, FDL will send a press release to Amy Goodman disavowing him and post something to that extent on their website.
You can watch or the read the transcript of the whole interview here.
So what caught my eye? Well, just as soon as Mr. Walker started speaking, he uttered, loudly and clearly, these words:
Well, we are saying, "Kill the Senate bill." We have endorsed the House bill.It's not a secret that the House bill incorporated the regressive, restrictive, dreaded Stupak Amendment. And according to Jon Walker, FDL endorsed the House bill. It's right there. Staring at you. Before you say something, remember I am using the FDL standard to judge FDL here. So if President Obama's statement that he prefers the Nelson language over Stupak makes him "comfortable with restrictions on women's reproductive rights," then following the same logic, I have to say this: FDL preferes Stupak's abortion language!!! Hell, forget prefers. Endorses. FDL endorses Stupak's abortion language.
How could they? How could they betray us like this? My, how times have changed! Now we have a lefty bastion of progressivism that's comfortable with humiliating women by making them purchase abortion coverage in a separate policy. I mean after all, here is what Planned Parenthood and NARAL had to say about the Stupak language.
"Planned Parenthood strongly opposes the Stupak/Pitts amendment which would result in women losing health benefits they have today. This amendment would violate the spirit of health care reform, which is meant to guarantee quality, affordable health care coverage for all, by creating a two-tiered system that would punish women, particularly those with low and modest incomes. Women won't stand for legislation that takes away their current benefits and leaves them worse off after health care reform than they are today.
"While Rep. Stupak claims that his amendment simply applies the Hyde amendment to health reform, nothing could be farther from the truth. The Stupak/Pitts amendment would result in a new restriction on women's access to abortion coverage in the private health insurance market, undermining the ability of women to purchase private health plans that covers abortion, even if they pay for most of the premium with their own money.
"The fact is, the majority of private health insurance plans currently offer abortion coverage, and the Stupak/Pitts Amendment would result in the elimination of abortion coverage in the new insurance market created under health care reform. The Stupak/Pitts amendment upends the carefully crafted compromise in the House bill and unambiguously restricts women's access to care."And NARAL:
"America's pro-choice majority is speaking up loudly and clearly," said Richard Licht, chair of the board of directors for NARAL Pro-Choice America, who spoke on behalf of the organization at the rally. "Americans are calling on senators to stand up for women and reject the Stupak-Pitts language that could cause women to lose coverage that they already have now in the new health-care system. Pro-choice Americans will continue to remind senators that we're expecting cooler heads to prevail at this stage of the process – and that means the Stupak language is not an option."I'm sorry guys. But I feel betrayed by FDL. They told me they support women's reproductive rights. Then they send out their spokesperson to gloat about how they support a endorsed a House bill with the Stupak language? I'm beginning to think we need another blog to do to FDL what FDL is doing to us. I'm devastated.