I’m a staunch advocate of abortion rights. I’m also a staunch realist. Perhaps that’s why I am often baffled by politicians.
I can’t for the life of me understand why the healthcare legislation appears to be stalling over abortion coverage.
The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of women who get abortions never bill their insurance companies, anyway.
Let the conservatives have their little victory here, chalk up one favor owed in your quid pro quo column ("…remember how we let you have the abortion exception? Well, now you need to pay us back by giving ground on item X in the healthcare bill…"), and get the damn thing passed already. It’s called compromise, and trying to do something that benefits the most people.
What am I missing in the bigger picture here? Is this just a pissing contest, so both sides look to their constituency like they’re doing something? Or is there really something major on the line here?