Kate Clinton

In the Stupak pits

Filed By Kate Clinton | March 14, 2010 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement
Tags: chosen family, health care reform, stupak pitts

The Oscars made me sick. Not because my George Clooney did not win and attended with that faux galpal arm-candy instead of me. Not because Kathryn Bigelow the first woman to win best director was so ditzily girly in such an historic moment. But because the tribute to horror films was an unrelenting filmic homage to violence against women. The wink wink nudge nudge "it's just a genre" disclaimer did not work for me, especially after news footage of the actual horrifics of femicide in Nigeria.

A week later and I'm still sick to my stomach. It could be the Boniva my doctor prescribed to aid in the absorption of calcium. I took it just before I read the studies someone finally got around to doing. The drug shilled everywhere by Sally Field, the Flying Nun for god's sake, causes shattered femurs in women users. Images of Sally Field collapsing in a heap of bones on the set of Brothers and Sisters, taken out to the backlot and euthanized. "You like me, you really really . . . blam." I'm not taking it anymore.

Nor am I taking the blame for healthcare reform fights over the vexing - for whom? - issue of abortion funding. If I have to spend one more dinner listening to progressive men talk about how difficult it is for them to decide yay or nay weh weh on health care, I'm going to forkstab their thighs. As a Vagina-American (it's a pre-existing condition) I'm sick of Viagra-Americans not supporting women's choice.

The Oscars showed graphic violence against women to an audience of 41.3 million. Big Pharma knocks the legs out from under women. Legislators make abortion funding an annoying deal-breaker. It's the stuppak pits. And ßmy Milk of Amnesia doesn't work anymore.

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And a Deomcratic woman was one of the co-sponsors of the amendment, Kate, Rep Dahlkemper.
Deeply Disappointing.

May she be denied healthcare by a physician who has moral objections to treating Catholics...

As hard as you might find this to believe, Bart Stupak is far better than some of the other Reps in this area like Dave Camp when it comes to such issues as Health Care, ENDA and so on. After redistricting I ended up with Camp as opposed to Stupak or as some of the more Right Wing in this area call him, "Bart Stupid". The truth is the Democrats have screwed the pooch on healthcare reform and it is unlikely we will see anything worthwhile come from their efforts. They have as I understand it, since real information is just not forthcoming, removed the public option or universal coverage which to my thinking makes any healthcare bill they may get around to passing, slop for the insurance industry pigs. While really just finding yet another way to pick our pockets with the empty promise of coverage most of us here are unlikely to see. Abortion is just one of the many issues that are likely to be stripped from this bill, so like the 600 dollar toilet seats in some military air craft, get used to some private industry making huge amounts of money off the average working person.

They at least totally messed up the messaging and politics of it. No one's happy, and a bill shouldn't piss everyone off.

Anyway, one of your best posts on this site, Kate. I'm also getting tired of rich people talking about whether to support it or not, or, even worse, going on about how it's actually great, you should be happy we're considering it, and working your ass off to get it, because it's just not serious to expect Congress to pass a popular policy that works.