July 5 2012

Just What Every Republican Woman in Congress Wants: A Snarky Memo from Nancy Pelosi!

Charlotte Hays

Nancy Pelosi has sent around a mock memo to Republican Women in the House on the Supreme Court’s upholding Obamacare.

Speaker John Boehner had ordered GOP members not to gloat in the event that Obamacare was overturned. But that’s not Pelosi’s style. Despite recently having complained about what she described as a lack of civility in public life, Pelosi has sent out a crowing memo that rubs salt in wounds and is misleading on the issues.

The Hill newspaper reports on the memo:

"Despite your unwavering opposition, last week’s ruling by the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act ensures that being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition ... great news for the women in your districts!" the memo reads.

The law "is also great for moms," the memo continues, "protecting children with pre-existing conditions from being denied health care coverage, providing some free preventive services to people of all ages, and letting young people up to age 26 stay on their parent’s health insurance policy."

The memo is just the latest part of the Democrats' long-running attack on what they consider the Republicans' "war on women." In recent months, they've gone after GOP leaders for opposing a proposal designed to curb violence against women, and another aimed at closing the pay gap between the sexes. Democrats have also hammered Republicans for their opposition to a new Obama administration rule requiring most employers to pay for birth control for female workers.

Pelosi doesn’t address the matter of whether the new rules concerning pre-existing conditions are financially feasible, or, for that matter fair to those who’ll be picking up the bill. As Cliff Asness wrote earlier today, the costs of covering preexisting conditions are hidden, not eliminated. Let’s hope we someday have an discussion about how society should handle this matter.  

Pelosi seems to see only the gimme aspect of the mammoth legislation, reminding us that politicians come to Washington and get re-elected time and time again by doing nice things for various constituencies with other people’s money.

The Hill is an excellent newspaper but in this instance the reporter should have been more careful about language: Republicans didn’t go after a “proposal to curb violence against women.” The Violence Against Women Act, which many Republicans did oppose, is a feminist boondoggle. It puts forth an ideological view of violence. Republicans argued that there are better ways to prevent violence against women.

As for the Paycheck Fairness Act, the reporter seems unaware that the gap is far less than feminists claim and that much of that difference is based on choices women make. Among younger, college-educated urban women, the gap not only disappears, but women out-earn their male counterparts. In addition to not being needed, the  Paycheck Fairness Act would have been a federal intrusion into the workplace—and we don’t need any more of those!

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