Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) announced that he will not vote for the Senate health care bill in its current form. Majority Leader Harry Reid also met with Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who wants a ban on abortion coverage, and pro-choice advocates this weekend to try to work out a further compromise. It is unclear if a deal was reached.
Politico reports that the White House is asking Majority Leader Reid to cut a deal with Sen. Lieberman to get him to support the Senate health care bill. The source of Sen. Lieberman’s concern is the provision to expand Medicare.
The Washington Post covers Sen. Nelson’s adamant refusal to support a health care bill that does not tighten restrictions on access to abortion care, even if the rest of the bill is to his liking.
With several senators in the Democratic caucus currently withholding their support of the Senate health care bill, the Washington Post reports that the passage of the bill in the Senate before the end of year is in doubt.
In an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, Dana Weinstein recalls her story of needing a late-term abortion after the discovery that the fetus’ brain was malformed and severely underdeveloped. Unable to receive care in her home state of Maryland, she and her husband traveled to Colorado for the procedure at a cost of thousands of dollars. Weinstein argues that health care reform must include health insurance coverage for abortion care.
Politico looks at the way in which the controversy over a federal task force’s recommendation on breast cancer screening is shaping political fights over the women’s vote in 2010. The debate over abortion coverage in health care reform has also helped make women a key constituency.
Sen. Rosa Franklin (D-Tacoma) writes in a Seattle Times op-ed that Washington has an outdated tax system that does not provide adequate funds to provide for critical services and places an unfair burden on minimum-wage and middle-class families. She argues that we need tax reform that would create a state income tax under which low-income and middle-class residents would pay less and the wealthy more.
This weekend the Senate passed the omnibus spending bill, which includes a provision that lifts the restriction against the use of Washington, D.C. local funds to pay for abortion care for low-income women in the city.
The Washington Post editorializes in support of the autonomy the bill grants Washington, D.C. to decide how to use its own money on matters like abortion care.
The New York Times looks at the complicated issue of gestational surrogacy. The majority of states do not have laws regulating the field known as third-party reproduction, leading to legal challenges.
In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Rutgers Prof. Dorothy Sue Cobble advocates for a return to “New Deal feminism,” a movement “to raise income, to close the gender leisure gap as well as the gender pay gap — still stuck at 23 percent — to redesign careers for modern families and to expand health coverage.”