Because who needs women voters? It is as if the GOP learned nothing from their election in 2012. According to Mother Jones during the 2012 election cycle 60% of women living in swing states says birth control is very important to their decision in this election.
The House Republicans and their staffers are going into hyper drive to pin this on the Democrats. This strategy is not only insane (see Ted 21 hour Ted Talk) but it is also factually incorrect. The Senate passed a bi-partisan clean CR to fund the government and the House used that clean bill to attach riders to deny women access to birth control and defund Obamacare. Simply stunning.
While we're shutting down the government over Obamacare, why don't we limit access to contraception too? http://t.co/D8v1W7iaoU
— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) September 29, 2013
Stmt from Reid spox:"Republicans voted to increase the deficit, deny women coverage for critical preventative services like contraception.."
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) September 29, 2013
Of course the House also voted to repeal the medical device tax. This adds 29 billion dollars to the deficit. We will have more on the medical device tax, what it is (and isn't) and why repealing it is bad policy in a later post.