Obama Begs Waxman to Yank Birth Control from Stimulus

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 9:33 am

President Barack Obama has signaled he will not go to bat for birth control in the economic stimulus bill — a move likely to set off a firestorm among powerful forces in the Democratic Party.

Obama has asked House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman  (D-Calif.) to strip a plan to extend birth control coverage under Medicaid from the stimulus package, the Associated Press reports. The plea comes as Obama courts Republican support for the $825 billion package, for which he wants to see strong bi-partisan backing.

Republicans are up-in-arms over the family planning provision, calling it a wasteful giveaway that will not stimulate the economy. They claim it is an attempt by Democrats to push through their expansion of health care agenda — via an unrelated bill. Looking for an overwhelming victory out of the gates, Obama has tried to placate such GOPers by stripping provisions he would otherwise support — like bankruptcy reform, or in this case expanded health care coverage — to produce a bill Republicans will vote for en-masse.

Democrats argue the proposal is a smart fit for the plan to infuse Medicaid with $87 billion in federal money to shore up reeling state programs. The proposal could create health care jobs and thus offer the economy a boost, perhaps even faster than infrastructure spending. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says it is a money-saver in the long-term.

If Democrats concede to Republicans on the issue, which appears likely according to the AP, many Democratic powerhouses, like Planned Parenthood — which endorsed Obama — will feel betrayed. Women’s advocates and health groups lobbied aggressively to convince the White House and Congress to include money for expanded birth control coverage in the stimulus bill. The groups had early success last week when the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a version of the stimulus bill that included such language.

The final decision on the fate of the birth control provision is expected Wednesday. Though health-care advocates might be angry with Obama over his decision, the issue is not over for good.

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ajm8127
Comment posted January 27, 2009 @ 8:28 am

I think the spending on birth control, or family planning as they call it, is a good idea that could help the economy, but sometimes you just want to get through a battle to fight the war another day. We need to do something about the economy NOW, so maybe we can worry about the family planning later.


Eric_Jaffa
Comment posted January 27, 2009 @ 8:38 am

Low-income people spend most of their money, and so giving them more money through this program would stimulate the economy.


Jane Lane
Comment posted January 27, 2009 @ 9:01 am

BEGS? “Obama begs Waxman”? In their dreams. too much testosterone and the art of compromise is seen as weakness. The Wrecking Crew is still at work.


Cassophia
Comment posted January 27, 2009 @ 9:13 am

The plea comes as Obama courts Republican support for the $825 billion package, for which he wants to see strong bi-partisan backing.

Why? Is there a downside to the other party being seen as obstructionists when we're sliding towards double-digit unemployment?


Kylyssa Shay
Comment posted January 27, 2009 @ 11:05 am

I don't see this as Obama being anti-birth control, I see it as an attempt to avoid Republican foot dragging on the rest of the stimulus package. If nothing passes because family planning is included, it does no good for anyone. I wish it were the case that it would pass with funds for family planning intact but it wouldn't.

I think family planning is incredibly important but I think it's just going to lose this round.


Nortena
Comment posted January 27, 2009 @ 11:20 am

Unfortunately, this may be a bargaining chip in this negotiation, but it doesn't mean Obama is anti-birth control. You pick your battles. Compromise is sometimes a responsible thing .


parse
Comment posted January 27, 2009 @ 11:21 am

The proposal could create health care jobs and thus offer the economy a boost, perhaps even faster than infrastructure spending.

Can you provide details on how extending birth control coverage under Medicaid will create health care jobs and how many it's likely to create?


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Meg
Comment posted January 27, 2009 @ 1:44 pm

Here is a link to a Wall Street Journal article that explains why Republicans do not want the family planning section in the stimulus package. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123302034881718…


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bah humbug
Comment posted January 27, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

Great, so the ONE area of this “stimulus package” that would have had positive benefits for women gets pushed out. Fantastic. Got that ladies? reproductive choices and jobs are for men only.


Ana
Comment posted January 27, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

What the Republicans don't get is that family planning SAVES money. It's good fiscal policy AND good health policy. Better to extend coverage now than to pay later.. Taking the Medicaid Family Planning State Options out of the stimulus bill was a bad idea. Women deserve better.


Jenn
Comment posted January 27, 2009 @ 4:39 pm

Adding birth control does save money. It is enevitable that people are going to have sex and create unwated pregnancies. So if a woman is willing to take birth control to aviod an unwated pregnancy then let that happen. By all means lets provided the birth control for them. If these people get pregnant then they will continue to use the welfare system (very costly for the tax payers) with more children. It is a trickle down effect. So it is cheaper in the long run to provide this service now. Other wise you will have to provide these new pregnancies with healthcare, then food for mother and baby. That in turn will change to headstart programs that will need to be funded, more money for schools and education and so on. So yes please keep the birth control it will stimulate the economy in ways many people don't think about in the long term.


lauren
Comment posted January 27, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

Well, that settles it. I'm giving my uterus up to the government as my patriotic duty. More babies now= better economy later.

Anyone have any idea how I'll pay for my Liberty Babies?


Jesus B Ochoa
Comment posted January 27, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

Good thinking, Mr. President. Kill birth control, increase abortions. Wish you were an old man like me. Experience would have taught you that you can't make nice with troglodytes. They are brain dead. You are working for live people, so move your agenda and to hell with the naysayers.


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Comment posted January 27, 2009 @ 5:32 pm

keep your legs closed and no liberty babies


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anon
Comment posted January 28, 2009 @ 5:36 am

Who cares, women aren't real people anyway.


Alon Levy
Comment posted January 28, 2009 @ 6:41 am

It really doesn't explain anything. I don't think anyone important has actually pushed for birth control as part of a population control program since the 1960s. The alternative to contraception is higher abortion rates rather than higher birth rates. What the article reveals is the author's own cranky views more than anything.


Just Me
Comment posted January 28, 2009 @ 8:56 am

It doesn't make ANY sense. Planned Parenthood can JUST AS WELL give out free birth control as they can ABORTIONS…and last year it was all over the news that Planned Parenthood was in excess of $1,000,000.00, so they do NOT even need the money. Also, your explanation is ridiculous in that we need MORE people to be born especially at this time who can stimulate the economy; Parents buy more food, clothing, baby accessories, etc., and when the children are grown contribute to the economy themselves. Secondly, Obama has already planned for us taxpayers to pay OTHER COUNTRIES to give their own people abortions. You want to pay for THAT TOO?? NOT ME.


CDJ
Comment posted January 28, 2009 @ 9:21 am

“so move your agenda and to hell with the naysayers.”

That sounds sort of like the last guy we had in office, doesn't it? The “Decider,” who did every thing he could to push his own agenda and never even feigned concern over what anyone else thought?


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Jenn
Comment posted January 28, 2009 @ 10:03 am

Why would you want more people to have babies that can't even afford to take care of themselves let alone a child or more children added to the ones that they can't already aford to take care of. If you have heard of the welfare system, that would be funded by tax payers (me and millions of other hard working people pay for)! Let see food stamp for starters, public housing and lets not forget the healthcare that is provided through medicaid (this would all be welfare)! So the only thing these people are stimulating is more taxes in the long run. So what finally these children grow up and contribute to the economy? We still need to provided education graded pre-K though 12. Then we provide these low economic families with free college education (more taxpayer money). Many will not finish college so that was wasted tax payer money. My point is if there are women out there that would like to prevent unwanted pregnancies though birth control that would be cheaper in the long run. As far as the religious aspect in birth control and abortions people really need to practice what they preach and not judge others and let god judge them. Also other countries I don't agree with a lot of the foriegn aid that we give, I think we need to help home first before we can help the world!


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Orac
Comment posted January 30, 2009 @ 5:33 am

Exactly. Lashing this birth control bill to the economic stimulus passage is just plain dumb politically. It comes across as a transparent attempt to slip in measures unrelated to an economic stimulus and gives the Republicans a big, fat target to fire away at. Obama is smart enough to realize that.


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Jane
Comment posted February 17, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

I feel that to take away birth control benefits for medicaid is asking for more unplanned pregancies for which the government will suppport …the more children in household, the more assistance. Then to support abortion clinics and abortion while denying planned parenthood…doesn't make sense. I still think a paper my daughter wrote 20 years ago in high school supporting putting a maximum on benefits received i.e after 3rd child,benfits don't increase.stating that if government funding increases would stop after the 3rd child, you wouldn't see the continuous family growth of women having babies and more babies and just increasing support system..I see young girls with 5 or 6 children receiving hundreds of dollars monthly in support..it's like a business …making money..let's have more!


Jane
Comment posted February 17, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

I agree with comment heard recently….spend $5 per person and send a Bible out to each person and get back to God's way…teach our young people the word “abstinence” from sex, drugs , alcohol and participating in unlawful activties. Getting back to the way we were raised and parents learning to be the “example” would do wonders. Then learn to live within your means….before credit card and bankrupcty codes entered our world.


andrewwang
Comment posted March 5, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

Speaking of Barack Obama:

Barack Obama is a racial-minority individual, and in his heart and mind he inevitably does not endorse hate crimes committed by George W. Bush.

George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism (indicated in my blog).

George W. Bush did in fact commit innumerable hate crimes.

And I do solemnly swear by Almighty God that George W. Bush committed other hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism which I am not at liberty to mention.

Many people know what Bush did.

And many people will know what Bush did—even to the end of the world.

Bush was absolute evil.

Bush is now like a fugitive from justice.

Bush is a psychological prisoner.

Bush has a lot to worry about.

Bush can technically be prosecuted for hate crimes at any time.

In any case, Bush will go down in history in infamy.

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