The folks at Family Research Council — who helped organize Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s August 2011 prayer extravaganza in Houston — apparently think lying is a perfectly acceptable part of the “Christian worldview” it seeks to promote in public policy. In an email today, the FRC asks its supporters to help stop implementation of the Affordable Care Act and President Obama’s alleged efforts to “crush freedom.” It’s a standard right-wing screech, but we’re a little surprised to see this lie still being promoted:

“We are fighting the death-panel provisions of ObamaCare as well. Unelected government bureaucrats should not be deciding the limits of your childrens’, parents’ or grandparents’ healthcare options. Or yours! The fiscal burden alone would be enough reason to fight ObamaCare; but as the death panels demonstrate, ObamaCare is far more–far worse–than simply a financial disaster. It is an encroachment on individual liberty more egregious than any law passed in our lifetime.”

Good grief. There are no “death panels” in the Affordable Care Act. There are no provisions that give “bureaucrats” the authority to decide “the limits of your childrens’, parents’ or grandparents’ healthcare options.” FRC and other far-right groups are simply trying to… Read More

Recall how some Texas lawmakers bragged during the last legislative session that they were engaged in “a war on birth control, abortion, everything — that’s what family planning is supposed to be about.” We’re about to see the real human costs of that war.

Gov. Rick Perry, Republican lawmakers and religious-right groups have claimed that a new law barring Planned Parenthood clinics from participating in the Medicaid-funded Women’s Health Program (WHP) won’t hurt uninsured, low-income women because other providers will step in to fill the gap. But that’s a fantasy, a new study from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services suggests.

Last year the Texas Legislature barred from the WHP any clinic that either provides abortion services or is affiliated with an abortion provider. Planned Parenthood clinics currently in the WHP do not provide abortion services, but the organization does advocate for woman’s right to have an abortion and provides abortion services in separate facilities. Nearly half of the 100,000 women in Texas who receive services through the WHP currently get care through Planned Parenthood clinics, according to a study by the University of Texas Population Research Center. Moreover, as the… Read More

The Texas chapter of Concerned Women for America last week called Americans who support President Obama’s health care reform law “selfish and indulgent.” Another prominent Texas right-winger compared the health care law to slavery. And religious-right groups like Texans for Life Coalition have been insisting that the administration’s rule requiring most health insurance plans to cover birth control is an attack on religious freedom. Yet those pressure groups and right-wing pooh-bahs say little about the millions of Texans who don’t have access to affordable health care. And today we learned more about just how bad the health care situation is in Texas:

Texas ranks worst in the nation in health care services and delivery, according to an annual scorecard issued by the federal Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.

In nine out of 12 categories, Texas rated weak or very weak. The only area where Texas earned the average ranking of good was in maternal and child health care measures. Out of a possible 100 points, Texas earned 31.61, while Minnesota, the highest ranking state, scored 67.31.

The Texas Medicaid law for the disabled and poor offers one of the… Read More

Last week we saw far-right critics comparing health care reform to slavery and suggesting that U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts is mentally unstable. Now pressure groups on the right seem to have decided to insult everyday Americans as well. The Texas chapter of Concerned Women for America sent out an email Friday broadly attacking the health care reform law and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it:

“The condition in which we find ourselves cannot be blamed on anything other than the American people who in their selfish indifference and indulgence bestowed leadership on people who then misused the responsibility.”

So a religious-right group that opposes a law designed to expand health care coverage to 30 million Americans, including children and adults who otherwise can’t get such coverage because they are already too ill or too poor, is calling supporters of that law selfish and indulgent? Seriously?

The CWA of Texas email goes on to invite reform opponents to the group’s “Culture Warriors in Action” conference in September in Austin. In a separate email, CWA of Georgia also picked up on the “culture war” theme in attacking health care reform:

“(O)ne truth has not changed… Read More

Searching desperately for a reason why conservative Chief Justice John Roberts sided with four other Supreme Court justices in upholding President Obama’s health care reform law on Thursday, at least some right-wingers have decided to question his mental health. Here’s what extremist Michael Savage said on his radio show:

“Let’s talk about Roberts. I’m going to tell you something that you’re not going to hear anywhere else, that you must pay attention to. It’s well known that Roberts, unfortunately for him, has suffered from epileptic seizures. Therefore he has been on medication. Therefore neurologists will tell you that medication used for seizure disorders, such as epilepsy, can introduce mental slowing, forgetfulness and other cognitive problems. And if you look at Roberts’ writings you can see the cognitive dissociation in what he is saying.”

Savage seems to have been referring to a 2007 New York Times story about medication Roberts takes to manage epilepsy. Bryan Fischer, the American Family Association’s hate-mongering media spokesman, linked to that piece in a Twitter post:

The attacks from that crowd will likely get even more vile and venomous, unfortunately.… Read More

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