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:
- Darrell Issa Compares His All-Male Anti-Contraception Panel To Martin Luther King (thinkprogress.org)
- Issa: Protecting the Right to Freedom of Conscience, Trampled by Obama Administration (usamericanfreedom.com)
- Video: Issa’s Opening Statement at ‘Protecting the Right to Freedom of Conscience’ Hearing (nicedeb.wordpress.com)
- Issa takes step toward holding Holder in contempt of Congress / The Daily Caller (usamericanfreedom.com)
- Issa takes step toward holding Holder in contempt of Congress / The Daily Caller (theconservativehillbilly.wordpress.com)
- What’s wrong with this picture? (preaprez.wordpress.com)