Every day on the floor of the Senate I hear Republicans, again and again, spout their right-wing mantra. “Get the government out of people’s lives.” “Get the government off the backs of the American people.” “End the nanny state.” “Let people, not the government, decide what’s good for them.” And on and on the rhetoric goes.
When it comes to ending the disgrace of the United States being the only major country on Earth that does not guarantee health care as a right, their response: “Gotta keep the government out of people’s lives.”
When it comes to stopping the drug companies from being able to charge outrageous prices for the lifesaving medicine people need in this country: “Gotta keep the government out of people’s lives.”
When it comes to asking people who want to buy a handgun or an assault weapon to pass a simple background check: “Gotta keep the government out of people’s lives.”
But when it comes to telling every woman in America what she can or cannot do with her own body, about whether or not she can access reproductive health care, now all of a sudden my Republican colleagues are exponents of very big and oppressive government. Whether it is at the local, state or federal level they believe that politicians should make the decisions regarding what is a deeply personal decision for women.