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Arizona lawmaker compares contraception mandate to Soviet Union

An Arizona legislators believes that requiring religious employers to provide health insurance coverage for birth control is something a totalitarian regime would propose. “We live in America. We don’t live in the Soviet Union,” Republican state Rep. Debbie Lesko told KTAR. “The government shouldn’t be telling mom-and- pop employers and…

Virginia woman: The GOP’s War on Women makes me feel ‘unwelcome in my hometown’

Nell Boeschenstein is angry. “I take birth control to minimize my risk of ovarian cancer,” she said. “To have that be potentially denied coverage makes my blood boil in ways I can’t articulate.” Boeschenstein once wrote, “I’ve never sprained an ankle. The only bone I’ve ever broken is the forefinger…

Jon Stewart takes on the Blunt amendment

On his show Thursday night, Jon Stewart ridiculed the Blunt amendment, which would have allowed employers to refuse to pay for health insurance coverage of specific services if it would be contrary to their religious beliefs or moral convictions. “It’s called the Blunt amendment after how high you have to…

Senate rejects Blunt contraception amendment

In a close 51-48 vote on Thursday, the U.S. Senate rejected legislation that would have allowed employers to refuse to pay for health insurance coverage of specific services if it would be contrary to their religious beliefs or moral convictions. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), was offered…

Warren: Birth control battle ‘why people really hate politics’

Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, appeared on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the current battle over insurance plans that cover contraception. In response to a White House proposal, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) has proposed a rule that would allow…

Walker turns down $37 million meant for Wisconsinites’ health care

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) turned down on Thursday a $37 million grant that would have helped to provide health care services for tens of thousands of Wisconsinites, saying he would rather deny his citizens treatment if it means he is resisting the “encroachment of ObamaCare.” The money would have…

Poverty rate hits 15.1 percent, highest since 1993

WASHINGTON — The US poverty rate rose in 2010 to 15.1 percent, the highest since 1993, according to census data showing a record number of Americans classified as poor and highlighting a struggling economy after the end of the Great Recession. The Census Bureau report released Tuesday showed a sharp…

5 most shocking Census facts about growing poverty in the U.S.

The U.S. Census Bureau released their annual report on poverty Tuesday, outlining the dramatic decline in income and employment in the U.S. The report, “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010” (PDF), immediately made waves upon its release. Below are the five most shocking new realities…

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