"VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The GOP’s ‘Utterly Surreal’ Contraception Hearing"
The House Committee On Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing yesterday on the Obama administration’s now-revised ruling that all employers must cover contraception in their employee health insurance policies, including some religiously-affiliated ones.
The hearing succeeding in becoming one of the more bizarre and obtuse displays in recent political theater. Highlights included:
– Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) use of self-aggrandizing posters of Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Mahatma Gandhi.
— The ominous insistence that an honest disagreement over a health policy that’s already followed without complaint in multiple states and enjoys wide-spread support is a threat to fundamental American principles and liberties.
— A long and rambling speech comparing a fictional “national pork mandate” to important women’s health drugs.
ThinkProgress has the video round-up: