Will Democrats Vote For The Blunt Amendment?
Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones reports that a vote on the Blunt Amendment, which will allow employers to opt out of providing any form of health insurance coverage they object to, will happen soon, perhaps tomorrow.
Erick Erickson is criticizing Mitch McConnell for providing Dem Senators "cover" by offering the Blunt Amendment:
On its surface, it is a good amendment. It will allow religious employers to opt out of the new Obamacare mandate on contraception and abortifacient drugs. But strategically, it is another lame effort by Senator Mitch McConnell to let Senate Democrats in swing states absolve themselves of any blame for what Barack Obama has done.
Erickson assumes Democratic Senators will vote for the Blunt Amendment. It would surprise me if any Dem other than Ben Nelson would do so. More importantly, I think it should disqualify any Dem from support if they did. The DSCC has issued a petition against it:
Republican senators are pushing the Blunt Amendment, an all-out assault on President Obama’s historic health care reform. The amendment would allow any employer to deny coverage of any health care service. This amendment goes even beyond trying to prevent women from using birth control. If your employer decided that it did not want to cover your expensive cancer treatment for any reason, they wouldn’t have to cover it. Period.
Add your name, and take a stand for comprehensive health care and against the Blunt Amendment.
If any Dem Senators support the Blunt Amendment, should that not disqualify them from DSCC support? And if not, why should any progressive give a dime to the DSCC? (I do not give to any group other than candidates myself.)
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