NOW President Announces Single-Payer Push
“I intend to roll out a national action campaign for single-payer health care,” said Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, speaking during the opening session of the 2009 Healthcare-Now.org National Strategy Conference Saturday afternoon in St. Louis.
Before she was finished as the third of six speakers at the two-day conference, the self-described feminist lawyer asked the approximately 100 attendees for help in the area of what she called “women’s reproductive health care needs” (a.k.a., “abortion”).
“We were not that happy with the House bill that we understood was going to be going to the floor in the first place,” O’Neill explained.
Moments later, she added, “It was a weak bill. It did not have a strong enough public option.” Then she got to her point of focus — that is, she’s upset about funding for abortions was removed from the recently-passed House health care bill.
“We are determined to kill this health care legislation altogether,” she said. “If Stupak-Pitts, or anything like it, passes, we will insist that President Obama veto the bill and, if the bill passes the Senate or the House, we will target for defeat any legislator that votes for legislation (like Stupak-Pitts).”
While it’s great to see the femi-Nazis cringing, statements made by O’Neill on Saturday led me to believe her group is serious about waging an all-out battle to ensure funding for abortions is included in whatever health care bill becomes law.
Let’s hope her battle is a long and unsuccessful one.