Foot in mouth disease

2 Aug

A House Republican is comparing a new mandate that offers coverage for contraceptive services to Pearl Harbor and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Another superb example of Congress.

Pennsylvania Representative Mike Kelly says August 1st will also live in infamy.

You see, yesterday marked the day that the Department of Health and Human Services says health insurance companies had to cover contraceptive services for women.

“I know in your mind you can think of times when America was attacked. One is December 7th, that’s Pearl Harbor day.  The other is September 11th, and that’s the day of the terrorist attack,” Kelly said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. “I want you to remember August the 1st, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates.”

To present the other side, Senator Dan Inouye:

“I witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor and had the privilege of serving in the United States Army during World War II and I find the comments made by the Congressman from Pennsylvania to be misguided and insulting.  It is complete nonsense to suggest that a matter discussed, debated, and approved by the Congress and the President is akin to a surprise attack that killed nearly 2,500 people and launched our nation into the second World War or a terrorist attack that left nearly 3,000 dead and led to fighting and dying in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Having fought for this nation in Europe, I find that I have a special kinship with those who served in Afghanistan and Iraq and I routinely visit with the most severely wounded veterans of those conflicts. Just yesterday I met with a brave young man who lost all four of his limbs in Afghanistan.  I hope the Congressman from Pennsylvania has the courage to share his comparison with them.”

Yes, Dan Inouye may be the only adult on the Hill.

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