The front page, above the fold headline in today’s edition of the consistently liberal Daily Endeavor screams out: “Dems, moderates block state birth-control bill.”
Mischaracterizations of the bill aside, the laser-beam focus should be on who those “moderates” are who voted with the “Dems,” and against HB 2625 sponsored by Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Dist.9). The bill modifies certain insurance provider statutes related to religious beliefs and healthcare coverage. It specifies that coverage is not excluded for prescription contraceptive methods ordered by a health care provider with prescriptive authority for medical indications other than for contraceptive, abortifacient, abortion or sterilization purposes.
Republican posers voting with the Democrats are Rich Crandall, Adam Driggs, John McComish, John Nelson, Steve Pierce, Michele Reagan and of course the jokester Jerry Lewis. Check them out here.
Sen. Nancy Barto (R-Dist. 7), usually no friend of the conservative caucus, yesterday employed a legislative maneuver with this amendment, voting against the bill in order to request a revote.
Rep. Lesko is the conservative PAChyderm Coalition’s top-rated House member, with a 95.2 score.