The good news is the Obama administration has actually done the right thing by allowing Plan B, the emergency planblogocontraception, to be sold over the counter. Of course the administration only did this after first taking the almost unprecedented step of overruling the FDA’s recommendations and then losing multiple court cases fighting this policy. From LA Times:
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday June 11, 2013 7:35 am|
|By: Jon Walker Thursday May 2, 2013 7:55 am|
The Obama administration has decided to fight a court order to allow Plan B to be sold over the counter to younger women. This is a very disappointing move by a man that goes to great lengths to pretend to be a “technocrat.”
|By: DSWright Wednesday May 1, 2013 12:10 pm|
Responding to a court order the Obama Administration begrudgingly approved over-the-counter sales of Plan B or “the morning after pill” to ages 15 and up. But the court order required all ages to have access to the medicine.
|By: David Dayen Friday December 21, 2012 6:40 am|
I couldn’t think of a more fitting story on my last day of blogging to symbolize the nature of our government than the aborting of Plan B, wherein House Republicans couldn’t even pass a messaging bill with no chance of advancing. Sometimes we’ve seen Speaker Boehner miscount the votes – the most notable time I can think of was an initial vote reauthorizing the Patriot Act, when some civil libertarians revolted – but not on a pure messaging bill.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 20, 2012 6:28 pm|
I just finished laughing from this spectacle on the House floor today. The House leadership tried desperately to pass “Plan B,” the main part of which was an extension of the Bush tax cuts on the first $1 million of income. In truth, all of the other giveaways in it would actually result in lower taxes for many wealthy earners, but tax rates have this weird power, especially within the Republican caucus. And you could just feel today that conservatives weren’t willing to pass the bill, even at that ridiculously high level. John Boehner and the leadership added a sweetener in the form of a package that eliminated the sequester on defense spending and applied it to more discretionary spending cuts, and even that barely passed, tainted by the association to Plan B.
We waited for a vote. And waited. Then the House Republicans held a closed caucus. And then…
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 20, 2012 12:09 pm|
This clown show on the House floor just got more hilarious. At some point in the last four hours or so, Freedomworks, a key tea party group, abandoned their support of Plan B, this Boehner proposal to create what looks like a conservative wish list.
|By: David Dayen Thursday December 20, 2012 11:22 am|
House Republicans will wait until tonight to pass “Plan B,” and while I think ultimately it will pass, the reason they’re waiting so long is that they have to figure out what to put into it to get conservative votes. Erick Son of Erick has a whip list of 34 no votes and 12 leaners, and Republicans can only lose 23, assuming no Democratic crossovers. So leadership must sweeten the pot if they want to win the vote.
And the way you sweeten the pot for House Republicans is that you kick the poor a bit more while handing out some aid to Wall Street and Lockheed Martin.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday December 19, 2012 2:10 pm|
The White House announced they would veto “Plan B,” John Boehner’s gambit to pass a bill extending the Bush-era tax rtes for all earners on the first $1 million of income. And Nancy Pelosi said that Boehner had better have 218 votes for such a bill, since House Democrats won’t provide any. Of course, Boehner [...]
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday December 18, 2012 12:20 pm|
The extension of unemployment benefits and a small amount of infrastructure spending are the only things Obama would have gotten in his recent deal offer that he probably couldn’t force the GOP to agree to by simply waiting them out. Those are both relatively small items compared to a large and deeply unpopular Social Security benefit cut.
|By: Jon Walker Monday June 18, 2012 10:00 am|
Even though there is a very good chance the Supreme Court could rule against some or all of the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration seems to have done nothing to prepare Democrats in Congress for this eventuality, according to Politico. This is both puzzling and disconcerting, given how important an adverse ruling could be to their major bill.