In a major bummer, feminist centrist President Barack Obama has personally asked Democrats in Congress to drop the family planning provision in the proposed stimulus bill, the Associated Press reports. The speculation is that Obama is looking to crack down on the bill in order to fulfill his campaign promise to look out for the interests of the Republicans who did not vote for him instead of the women who did.
Let’s unpack this very uniter-not-divider decision on Obama’s part:
Feminist: Under the provision, “states no longer would be required to obtain federal permission to offer family planning services—-including contraceptives—-under Medicaid, the health program for the low-income.”
Centrist: “The provision has emerged as a point of contention among Republicans, who criticize it as an example of wasteful spending that would neither create jobs nor otherwise improve the economy.”
Thanks, Obama, for lobbying against the waste incurred by ensuring that all Americans have equal access to medical care regardless of gender or class, especially in these tough economic times. Just another example of what it looks like to finally have a mainstream feminist President.
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