Need proof? Digby has the latest in an unbroken string of outrages, coming just after Bush gleefully vetoed the Medicare bill:
But this thumb in the eye of doctors and medical providers who dared to oppose his cuts to their paychecks is nothing compared to what his Health and Human Services Department has in store:The Bush administration wants to require all recipients of aid under federal health programs to certify that they will not refuse to hire nurses and other providers who object to abortion and even certain types of birth control.
Under the draft of a proposed rule, hospitals, clinics, researchers and medical schools would have to sign "written certifications" as a prerequisite to getting money under any program run by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The rule defines "abortion" so broadly that it could also apply to birth control pills and emergency contraception. And because the rule would apply to federal health programs, low-income and uninsured women will be most affected.
This is an extension of the "Landmine Project," to install both personnel and federal rules requirements that would enshrine radical conservative goals inside of government.
Even if we have a century of careful, conscientious Democratic rule, I don't think we'll be able to undo all of the evil this one spiteful fucktard has done. I hope this man ends up in the Hague for war crimes. I just wish it would happen before he finishes his little project to ensure that Americans don't get proper healthcare and women end up as chattel in the eyes of the government.
Bush should have been impeached in 2006. Cheney should have ended up in prison. Our witless Democrats left them in power, and I'm afraid the cowards won't have the political will to clean up the mess once they're gone.
We're going to have to work hard to elect people who have actual spines this time around.
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