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10 07, 2012

What Obamacare Means for One Mom

By | July 10th, 2012|Mom Vote 2012|2 Comments

The Affordable Care Act has been upheld by the Supreme Court, even though there was considerable media confusion about that at first. When the first reports came out when the decision was handed down, emotions ran high all across the country -- both for those who were praying for it to remain law and for [...]

28 06, 2012

Supreme Court and “Obamacare”: A Win/Win for American Families

By | June 28th, 2012|2012 election, Changing the World, Democrats, Politics, Presidential Campaigns, Republicans|6 Comments

American families across the country are breathing a major sigh of relief. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as "Obamacare") is constitutional and that Congress was within its power to mandate that Americans buy health insurance or be subject to a financial penalty. Now, there are all sorts of [...]

14 10, 2010

Mothers of Intention — Uninsured and Pregnant, by Casey of Moosh in Indy

By | October 14th, 2010|Making Our Political Voices Heard, Mothers of Intention|26 Comments

I haven't had any guest posts written specifically for Mothers of Intention for a while.  But when my friend Casey (you may know her better as Moosh in Indy) told me about her current insurance situation, I asked her if she would become a Mother of Intention for me.  About two seconds later I had [...]

24 09, 2010

Things That Made Me Mad This Week

By | September 24th, 2010|Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|1 Comment

Sometimes, there are just too many things to write about and just not enough time in the day!  If I had unlimited resources, I'd be writing more about these stories that really got my goat this week: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says women aren't constitutionally protected from gender discrimination, but people of color are [...]

29 04, 2010

WellPoint and Your Ta-tas?

By | April 29th, 2010|Democrats|0 Comments

Sadly, I've been putting off my annual mammogram while I'm pushing to get the writing done for the Mothers of Intention manuscript.  But that doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about it.  It's been even more on my mind since I heard the story about how WellPoint, the country's largest health insurance company, has been [...]

5 04, 2010

Mothers of Intention: Getting Over My Jet Lag Edition!

By | April 5th, 2010|Adoption, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Mothers of Intention, Women in Politics|5 Comments

Yes, the PunditMom family is back from our amazing tour of China, and I'm trying to decide what I want to share about things other than the tourist stops -- our visit to PunditGirl's orphanage and the events of those few days are still circulating in my mind as I try to find a way [...]

3 03, 2010

Nothing is Going to Change Until We’re in the Room

By | March 3rd, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans, Women in Politics|27 Comments

White guy, white guy, white guy, white guy, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Kathleen Sebelius, white guy, white guy, white guy who looks like he just ate a sour pickle. That's my one line description of the health care summit the president called last week to try one more time in the spirit of harmony and [...]

25 02, 2010

If On-Air Posturing Gets Us a Step Closer to Health Care Reform, I’ll Take It

By | February 25th, 2010|Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|7 Comments

I could sit here and write a long post about all the reasons we need real reform (I'm starting to hate that word, but I don't have a better one) -- but our individual stories are the things that may ultimately get through to all those at the Health Care Summit. If we stop talking [...]

29 01, 2010

Political Quote of the Week

By | January 29th, 2010|Changing the World, Democrats, Moms & Politics, Women in Politics|5 Comments

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on health care reform: "As I said to some friends ... in the press, we will go through the gate. If the gate is closed, we will go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we will pole vault in. If that doesn't work, we will parachute [...]

27 01, 2010

“Send the Men Home” — Is it Sexist if It’s True?

By | January 27th, 2010|Democrats, Republicans, Women in Politics|8 Comments

How can we get health care done?  Easy, if you believe some women in Congress: I heard about Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter's (D-N.H.) comments before they hit the mainstream media yesterday, thanks to XM Radio channel POTUS (Politics of the United States!) -- send the men home and we just might  get health care reform done! [...]

26 12, 2009

If We Take Health Care for Granted, We'll Get Thrown Under the Bus

By | December 26th, 2009|Changing the World, Democrats, Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|1 Comment

As someone who came of age in the 1970s, I assumed things would continue to progress for women's rights.  I felt lucky to be living in an age where I knew I had access to birth control as I headed off to college and got married the first time WAY too early.  And while I [...]

19 12, 2009

Snowpocalypse 2009 (With Health Care Crisis Thrown in for Good Measure)

By | December 19th, 2009|Democrats, Republicans|3 Comments

One good thing about this "snow event" on the I-95 corridor this weekend -- legislators are stuck here and have to keep working away on the ever evolving health care bill (not that that's going to do us a lot of good on the reproductive rights front). Just a few miles away as the crow [...]

15 12, 2009

Mothers of Intention — Thinking Edition

By | December 15th, 2009|Mothers of Intention|2 Comments

Not that I don't try to make all the Mothers of Intention features thinking posts -- be they guest essays or a round-up of great posts I've found on my blogosphere journeys -- but there's some really deep thinking to be had with the selection I've got this week: -- Crunchy Domestic Goddess takes on [...]

19 11, 2009

Three Reasons I Think My Head Will Explode

By | November 19th, 2009|Changing the World|8 Comments

I usually do a good job of sticking to one topic in any given post.  But there is so much going on at the moment, I feel like my head will explode: 1. My very new friend Anissa, whom I've admired from a afar in the blogosphere for some time, had a stroke this week.  [...]

10 11, 2009

Am I Angrier at Bart Stupak or Barack Obama?

By | November 10th, 2009|Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

For years, we've had our eye on the Supreme Court, wondering with each new judicial appointment how that person would add to the mix on the longevity of reproductive rights, including the right to an abortion.  Who knew that some dude named Bart Stupak would be the one to really start to topple our reproductive [...]

7 11, 2009

Are 1,990 Pages Too Much Health Care Bill for You?

By | November 7th, 2009|Changing the World, Democrats|1 Comment

Even us wonks can't really get through all of the health care bill -- heck, I only made it to about page 400 in War and Peace. As the House of Representatives votes on the health care package today, if you've got a few questions try out this widget to get some questions answered: Thanks [...]

6 11, 2009

All Politics are Personal

By | November 6th, 2009|Changing the World|0 Comments

While the PunditFamily is recovering from the swine flu, here's a lighthearted reminder about the personal nature of politics! Which makes me wonder as I sit here among my  tissue boxes, meds and cups of tea -- are the people who are opposed to the public option for health insurance OK with receiving their free [...]

4 11, 2009

I am Not a Pre-Existing Condition

By | November 4th, 2009|Changing the World, Making Our Political Voices Heard|1 Comment

The National Women's Law Center has made today a national day of action to call on our lawmakers to demand that they get rid of the ridiculous inequities in the health care system that impact women, calling their campaign "I am Not a Pre-existing Condition." A couple of weeks ago, I shared my story about [...]

2 11, 2009

Not "America's Next Great Pundit" — Yet!

By | November 2nd, 2009|Feminism, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Moms & Politics, Uncategorized, Women in Politics|8 Comments

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed that I didn't make the cut for finalists in the Washington Post's "Next Great Pundit" contest. I'm not quite sure why the Washington Post is doing such a thing. Last time I checked with Katie Orenstein from The Op-Ed Project, major newspapers didn't exactly have a [...]

14 10, 2009

Congress & Health Industry Lobbyists: They Make a Cozy Couple

By | October 14th, 2009|Changing the World, Democrats, Making Our Political Voices Heard, Republicans|1 Comment

It's no secret that the insurance  industry has dispatched as many lobbyists as possible to prevent a public option from becoming a health care reality.  But did you know how really cozy Congress and the lobbyists are? Just something to keep in mind when people say they can't make something happen.  Maybe it's more that [...]

7 10, 2009

More Good Reasons Health Care Has to Change

By | October 7th, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Why are women really being treated like second-class citizens in the world of health care and insurance? I don't hear the women Senators and Representatives calling for an end to coverage for male-only maladies.  There is a serious lack of compassion and understanding about women's lives today among the older generations of men on Capitol [...]

2 10, 2009

Frontal Assault on Reproductive Health Care

By | October 2nd, 2009|Democrats, Feminism, Republicans, Women in Politics|5 Comments

Senator Debbie Stabenow is on a roll for women's health care.  First, she took on Senator Jon Kyl about his proposal that maternity care shouldn't be provided for in the health care reform package: Then, Senator Stabenow contested the plan of Senator Orrin Hatch to preclude insurance providers who work with the federal government on [...]

13 09, 2009

How Much Reform Will There Be in President Obama’s Health Plan?

By | September 13th, 2009|Democrats|1 Comment

Polls taken immediately after President Obama's health care speech to Congress indicate that many were pleased and excited about what he had to say about health reform. Congresswoman Maxine Waters thinks he hit it out of the park and rallied the Democrats. Surprisingly the online commentary isn't really showing that. Lindsay Beyerstein at RHRealityCheck was [...]