The gal selected by the Republican party to try to counteract the State of the Union speech, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of the other Washington — we here in D.C. don’t have a vote in Congress — either let someone slip her some text she had not read or just does not care about the relationship between words and reality. Bad, either way.
A couple hours ago, a whole sludgebucket of her co-partiers voted to “impose tax penalties on small businesses that choose insurance plans that cover abortion, permanently block abortion coverage for low-income women, civil servants, D.C. residents, and military women, and effectively ban abortion coverage in the new health system, even for women in state exchanges who pay for their insurance with their own, private funds.”*
Nevertheless, McMorris Rodgers, without wrinkling her brow or twitching or anything, was able to say on TV: “Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government’s. And that whether you’re a boy with Down syndrome or a woman with breast cancer, you can find coverage and a doctor who will treat you.” [bolding by me]
* Message tonight from NARAL Pro-Choice America.