After Jake’s post on Friday I have been following the coverage of this compromise very closely and am genuinely both amused and frustrated with the proceedings. How long will it take president Obama to realize that the Republicans are not merely opposed to his proposed legislation but that they are actually opposed to him? This commotion over employer provided birth control is a perfectly transparent example of politicians halting the passage og yet another piece of practical legislation to gain political clout. At this point in Obama’s presidency, the way he has chosen to lead is by compromise and even after stunning the other side with another answer to their woes; they have transformed the debate yet again.
As we saw last week, the Republican Party threw a tantrum about the language in the health care legislation that asked for birth control to be provided by employers, prompting President Obama to extend an olive branch. On Friday he announced, “if a woman’s employer is a charity or a hospital that has a religious objection to providing contraceptive services as part of their health plan, the insurance company will be required to reach out and offer the woman contraceptive care free of charge.” The GOP took the branch, snapped it, and tossed it back. It must have been the wrong branch...?
If we can attribute this struggle for political clout to the 2012 election season then aren’t we the root cause of all of this as these politicians are struggling to gain our attention and our vote? I can’t seem to figure out who the Republicans think they are pandering to…99 percent of all American women rely on birth control at some point in their reproductive lives. Religious or not. If this is the GOP’s strategy of appealing to their electorate they might consider going back to the drawing board.