Priorities often shift in a heartbeat. Things that were not even discussed, suddenly, come out of the blue. With the economy being the core of the GOP platform, during the midterm elections, it seems like their first act in power has been to repeal the Healthcare law; however, besides the usual repeal factor, the GOP has a new target or, in this particular case, an old favorite from the days of yore. We now return to the battle over abortion. Particularly, the tax payer funding for abortion that will be made available to women, thanks to the evil Healthcare law. So instead of jobs and progressing our future, the GOP is going back, infringing on a woman’s right to choose.
Jobs were touted as priority number one for Speaker Boehner, who is now calling abortion legislation as one of his top priorities, even though he was reelected, like most of his cohorts, on a totally different platform; getting jobs going in America. According to his own words, “I think the will of the people is that we enact this clear-cut prohibition on the use of taxpayer funds for elective abortions.” This comes as a stunning surprise to most everyone who voted, especially, those who casted a vote to what they thought would be a way to improve the economy. Instead we are dealing, In Orlando for example, an area who overwhelmingly was hoping for a GOP win, and an area which is reeling from an 11.9% percent unemployment rate, it is terribly disheartening to see this paradigm shift in policy priorities. Ever since taking power, it seems that the attack on healthcare has been the focal point, as if the GOP was just waiting to have a majority to rehash the same old debates. Now they have moved back to the abortion issue.
The new GOP plan will be to use the new House majority and force legislation into the new Health Care Law. With the use of the Hyde Amendment, they want to include it into the legislation so that, in essence, it will not allow any Federal Funding for the Abortions. And, if the new Healthcare law is put into place, as planned, it will make it so that restrictions will be placed in all the state exchanges , which will result in a denial of abortions, unless, women try to obtain it through a private policy. That in itself can bring a lot of problems if the private policies also discriminate against a woman’s right to choose.
With only a few weeks into power, the Republicans are moving with an agenda of extreme predictability. The platform that was so highly touted and gave them a stunning victory in the House, is been discarded. Instead, the new agenda is nothing more than political ploy; an outright pandering to their base and, once again, a power trip. Looks like one aspect of “Taking their Country back” was nothing more than wanting the chance to erode healthcare, to please the insurance companies, and of course, eliminate abortion to please the rabid social conservatives in the party. Looks like for the next two years, instead of trying to bring economic progress, the main goal has become denying a woman’s right top choose.