Brewer is lying and lame in her defense of HB2625

14 May 2012 07:08 pm
Posted by: Donna

Yep, Governor Jan Brewer is a lying liar. From her office’s press release on signing HB2625, aka the “Tell Your Boss Why You’re Taking The Slut Pills” bill into law Friday:

“Let’s not forget why we’re having this discussion: It’s ObamaCare that created this issue by forcing
church-affiliated employers and non-profits to offer services in violation of their religious faith,” said Governor Brewer

Bullpucky. The Arizona Legislature passed a law in 2002 requiring all insurance plans to cover contraception, with a narrow exemption for churches and other organizations with a specifically religious mission. It was essentially the same thing required by the ObamaCare contraception mandate. It was done to rectify what was seen as an unfair and sexist disparity in prescription coverage, since new-to-the-market erectile dysfunction drugs for men were going to be covered. It wasn’t too controversial back then and barely noticed by anyone. Anyone outside of the hysterical prude crowd, that is. They got right on the case. Anti-choicers introduced a bill the very next year to expand the religious exemption to more employers which was, of course, vetoed by then-Governor Napolitano.

Background

Last session, the Legislature passed H.B. 2234 requiring all health insurance plans that provide coverage for prescription drugs to also provide coverage for all Federal Drug Administration approved prescription methods of contraception (Laws 2002, Chapter 57). The law also creates an exemption for “religious employers” to allow them to obtain health insurance contracts without contraceptive coverage. Religious employer is defined as a nonprofit organization that primarily employs persons who share the same religious tenets and primarily serves persons who share its religious tenets. Examples of entities that would be exempted from providing contraceptive coverage are most churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, seminaries and convents.

Some organizations believe the exemption for religious organizations is narrow because it does not include faith-based organizations that provide social services rather than religious services and do not primarily serve or employ members of a specific religious community. Those same organizations believe that requiring such faith-based organizations to include prescription contraceptives in their health plan infringes on the religious tenets of the organization. S.B. 1089 changes the definition of “religious employer” to a nonprofit religious corporation, association, educational institution, charity or society whose religious tenets prohibit the use of contraceptives.

In her veto message, the Governor stated that it would be inappropriate to deny social services agency female employees contraceptive coverage that the law mandates for other similarly-situated women.

Barack Obama was an Illinois State Senator at that time. Hiding behind President Obama to defend signing this reactionary crock of crap is super lame, Governor Brewer.

2 Comments

  1. Comment by Timmys Cat on May 15, 2012 1:48 pm

    I am convinced pretty much everthing Brewer has done for the past year or so is to up her con creds for the speaker circuit. As long as the cowards in the lege ram through bills that make her look good and have the supermajority (constituents? we don’t need no stinkin’ constituents) of votes so there is no real public discussion or
    opposition, it’s a slam dunk.
    Cops against the latest bill allowing concealed bazookas in preschool taverns? Ooops, veto! Can’t look bad with the law and order crowd. They’ll pay big bucks to hear her speak at seminars.
    The cynicism of this lot is appalling.
    They. Do. Not. Care. About. Us.

  2. Comment by Timmys Cat on May 16, 2012 9:01 am

    Ha! Ha! You lie-berals.
    Think faring Brewer has done it again. She just signed the school not-vouchers bill. Now public funds can be used for religious schools like Madrasas and you can’t do anyth…….ing…..about…..

    Say, wanna buy a shiney official state weapon?

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