Thursday, December 18, 2008

And then, just in case you'd forgotten for -one second- why the outgoing administration sucks beyond black hole levels of sucking:

Look at this fresh pile of steaming shit:

The Bush administration today issued a sweeping new regulation that protects a broad range of health-care workers -- from doctors to janitors -- who refuse to participate in providing services that they believe violate their personal, moral or religious beliefs.

The controversial rule empowers federal health officials to cut off federal funding for any state or local government, hospital, clinic, health plan, doctor's office or other entity if it does not accommodate employees who exercise their "right of conscience." It would apply to more than 584,000 health-care facilities.

"Doctors and other health care providers should not be forced to choose between good professional standing and violating their conscience," Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a statement.

The regulation, which was issued just in time to take effect in the 30 days before the change of administrations, was sought by conservative groups, abortion opponents and others as necessary to safeguard workers from being fired, disciplined or penalized in other ways.

Women's health advocates, family planning proponents, abortion rights activists, members of Congress and others condemned the regulation, saying it would create major obstacles to a variety of health services, including abortion, family planning, end-of-life care and possibly a wide range of scientific research.

Among other things. Hey, this has got to be wonderful news wrt standards of care for trans folk, amirite?

I'm just curious: say my personal, moral beliefs insist that "thou shalt not suffer someone who has cut me off in traffic to live..." no, you know, I can't even do this right now. Not funny. Not amused. Too mad and disgusted.

Oh, look, and that's a shocker, too, isn't it:

The 127-page rule is the latest in a flurry of federal regulations that the administration is implementing before President Bush's term ends, including a number that would weaken government protections for consumers and the environment.

Shoes are too good for you, you POS.

Although the Obama administration could reverse the rule, it would require a lengthy process. Last month, however, Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced a bill to repeal the regulation legislatively.

...The rule will go into effect in 30 days and gives entities until Oct. 1, 2009, to provide written certification of their compliance. Those that do not comply face having their funding cut off or being required to return funding they already received.


ETA: Feministe has more.

In one more blow to women’s health and rights, the Bush Administration has issued a sweeping new regulation giving just about anyone the right to refuse to offer basic women’s health services. It’s being framed as about abortion, but here’s the thing: There are existing laws that protect health care workers from performing or assisting with abortion. Under current U.S. law, no one can be forced to partake in an abortion procedure if they have a moral objection.

This is about birth control.



Sarah J said...

It is against my personal religious and moral beliefs for people to pay for health care. So can I claim that under this fucking law?

Kristin said...

I feel kinda numb, and I'm just wondering... What *else* might he do during the next month? I mean, jesus... A month is a fairly long period of time... How many more disastrous and hard-to-overturn last minute federal regulations are we going to see?

Meanwhile, the top news stories have more to do with "Bush's bittersweet preparations for exiting the White House" and not a whole hell of a lot to do with the fact that he's doing the very best he can to destroy as much as possible with his remaining time.

Just, wow...

It's probably a good thing that I've never been a journalist in a Bush press conference. This is all I can come up with at the moment: Sending bad karma your way, you worthless motherfucker. Shoes are definitely too good. So are shoes dragged through Mad Cow diseased shit and vomit. If one day you ever get what you deserve (imprisonment for war crimes and crimes against humanity), I look forward to visiting the prison just so I can spit on the sidewalk outside. Such a privileged little fuckstains as you--who never *had* to give a shit about anybody else's well-being... Fuck you and the Literalist Biblical Fascism Train you rode in on.

Kristin said...

Over on the Feministe thread, I sez:

Memo to W.:

Shoes are too good for you, you dog.

Kristin said...

Oh fuck, this just now occurs to me. Cross-commented over at feministe:

I’ve got this nightmarish suspicion that this new “right” to withhold treatment for miscarriages has something to do with… Well, discriminating against those deemed to be the “cause” of the miscarriage or otherwise “unworthy” of care. I suspect, for instance, that this will be deployed as a means of withholding care from possible drug users, homeless people, immigrants, and others. I didn’t make the connection at first. I’d been thinking… “Why on earth would anyone want to withhold treatment during a miscarrage? I have a sick feeling that this is why.

J. Goff said...

Here's my response to it.

But yeah, one can only hope Obama and/or Congress does something soon to nullify this bullshit.

belledame222 said...

Heya Jack, how goes it?

J. Goff said...

Hey, BD! It goes...

I'm so busy most days that posting online is basically non existent for me. :(e

Comrade PhysioProf said...

It is a disgrace that Barack Obama wants to "reach across the aisle" and "work with" these sick GOP motherfuckers. The only people left in the GOP are depraved misogynist, theocratic, racist, and/or plutocratic scumbags.

Instead of reaching across the aisle, Obama and the Democratic Party should make it clear that the Democrats are not negotiating with the sick-fuck dregs of humanity that constitute the GOP, but that any former GOP members who want to join a coalition of the sane are welcome under the Democratic tent.

belledame222 said...

Well, yeah, that'll probably work out well; and it's so -him-.

-tired shrug-. As far as the Bush admin itself, there's no aisle to reach over; they're fucking out of there (except for Gates, and well what the fuck ever). As for the rest of them...-I- don't know. So far it seems like the "reach across the aisle" means giving a plum symbolic gig to Rick Warren and pissing everyone off, and some harmless out of the way subcabinet job to some Republican, I forget which. We'll see what the rest entails, won't we? Either way, I'll be playing fiddle in the corner, or something, checking in periodically for developments. I'm sort of sick of everyone right now to be honest.

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