Allen and Blunt get the budget busting, contraception-denying band back together
Earlier this year, Blunt proposed a measure that would have taken away access to critical health insurance coverage for millions of Americans by giving employers veto power over preventive health services like contraception. Allen, who also supports federal "personhood" legislation that could outlaw some forms of birth control, supported Blunt's bill wholeheartedly.
The Blunt Amendment would affect preventive health care services for more than 54 million Americans and 1.5 million Virginians who gained access under the Affordable Care Act. And as it turned out, the bill was too extreme for members of both parties and was defeated by a bipartisan coalition in March.
"If George Allen and Roy Blunt had spent as much time worrying about balancing the budget and creating jobs when they worked together as they do trying to inject themselves in to women's personal health care decisions, they probably wouldn't have helped explode our deficit and crash our economy," said Delegate Jenn McClellan.
"Rehashing long-settled social battles isn't going to put Virginians back to work, fix our kids' schools, or balance the budget while protecting our core priorities. We can't afford another six years of George Allen's division, partisanship and disrespect for women's health."