President Obama has been traveling around the country urging college students to contact congress to pass a bill keeping student loan interest rates from doubling. The only reason they were going to double was because the Democrats put it into law. I know, O doesn’t mention that in his speeches. So Republicans said “okay” and they agreed to extend the current rates and take money out of one of Obamacare’s slush funds to pay for it. The Democrats raided the fund to pay for part of the payroll tax cuts, so it’s not like it’s unprecedented.
Well, you wouldn’t know that if you listened to Nancy Pelosi’s tirade this morning.
“Their priority is to protect the subsidies for Big Oil,” said Pelosi at a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday. “Our priority is to prevent breast cancer, cervical cancer, to immunize our children, so that they are healthy.”
Pelosi also charged that Republicans view Obamacare as a slush fund for the administration. “It may be a slush fund to him [House Speaker Boehner], but it’s survival to women,” she said. “It’s survival to women. And that just goes to show you what a luxury he thinks it is to have good health for women. We do not agree.”
You’re probably wondering what the slush fund really pays for.
Turns out women’s health isn’t any special priority of the Fund either. Skim the list of programs for yourself; WaPo’s Suzy Khimm notes that it’s aimed mainly at training doctors and reducing obesity and tobacco use. “War on Obesity” doesn’t do much to move votes, though, which is where Pelosi comes in.
Let’s Move is included in the list, and so is “tobacco media activities,” so maybe those gross ads won’t appear on my TV anymore.
The bill did end up passing in the House, but Obama might veto it. How’s he going to do that after he’s spent the last couple of weeks demagoging the issue? Anyway, Speaker John Boehner had about enough, and took to the floor to express his displeasure with his friends across the aisle.
Think about this. A fight being picked over an issue that everyone knew was going to be resolved. … People want to politicize this because it’s an election year. … And now we’re going to have a fight over women’s health. Give me a break! You know, this is the latest plank in the so called war on women, entirely created by my colleagues across the aisle for political gain. …
I only wish Boehner would do this sort of thing more often.
Here’s the video. Enjoy.