The Rachel Maddow Show | March 27, 2012
>>> here is something awkward in republican party politics. republicans are exciting today because it seems like their arguments against health reform had a great day in the supreme court . they continue to make the arguments inside the courtroom but outside opinion.
>> we're just begging the federal government to leave us a shred of freedom. don't make us buy a product that we don't want to buy. is that asking too much?
>> ron johnson of wisconsin speaking outside the the court speaking how wrong it would be to make people buy insurance. making you buy snurns that you don't want it, that's like taking way your last shred of freedom. here is what's awkward about that. about 100 miles south of where senator johnson was standing republicaning in another capital, in the state capital of virginia were doing exactly what senator johnson was envaing against outside the supreme court . amid a series of protest, republicans have succeeded in passing a law where the state will force you to have a medical procedure . the state government overriding the judgment of your doctor and forcing you to have a procedure done to you even if you do not want it. is forcing you to buy health insurance taking away your last shred of freedom, there's real question of where state mandated medical procedures fall on the republican 2012 number line of government tyranny. virginia governor bob mcdonald 's signed virginia 's forced ultrasound bill into law weeks ago, that's why everybody calls him government ultrasound. whether to turn an unfunded mandate like senator ron johnson was yelling about, whether to turn an unfunded mandate into a funded mandate for virginia women and they decided not to do that. republicans in the virginia state senate decided they would be cool with forcing women to have a medical procedure and forcing them to pay for it. an amendment to the state budget that would require insurers to cover the costs of these ultrasound failed yesterday in the virginia senate on a nearly party line vote. over in idaho republicans have abandoned their own forced ultrasound bill. a republican committee chair in the house confirming that idaho 's forced ultrasound bill is dead for the year and explaining why the republicans decided to let the bill die in the house after it already passed the senate. the big problem that's been identified is the mandatory ultrasound. the whole issue was clouded because of the mandatory procedure. the whole issue wasn't clouded by the mandatory procedure. the whole issue was the mandatory procedure. that's why people are upset at the government saying you have to have this procedure. that's the problem. idaho republicans wanted to mandate a procedure for women and idaho women did not want that. that was not a distraction. that was the issue. one idaho republican saying he sent out 15 letters to women polling them on the forced ultrasound bill. 12 of them replied. one of those 12 supported the measure. in florida, legislature wrs trying to cram a bunch of aents-abortion measures that they weren't able to pass last year until one giant omnibus bill . the bill passed the florida house only to be killed in the florida state senate this month on a bipartisan vote. one of six republicans who voted to kill the omnibus bill telling the miami herald saying the public is calling and screaming to concentrate on bills that put food on the table and jobs. another anti-abortion bill, one that would ban most abortions at 20 weeks, that bill is newly imperiled this week. the original bill doctors that violated the ban would face felon charges carrying up to a ten-year prison sentence. opponents argue it would force women to carry to term fetuses that would be stillborn because of medical problems. after the house passed the bill the senate saw fit to ae mends it. the georgia senate made a change that would allow women to get an abortion if the doctor determined the fetus had a fatal defect. now because of that, the whole thing may fall apart. house republicans in georgia want to be able to regulate the pregnancies of women carrying babies with fatal dekts. you don't get to decide that, the georgia legislature decides that. what was that the republicans war saying at the supreme court yesterday.
>> don't make us buy a product that we don't want to buy. is that asking too much?
>> if the government can tell people that, where's the line of what they couldn't tell people?
>> right. i know that health reform politics gets covered as a mainstream partisan thing and the fight over reproductive rights , abortion access and contraception is treated as a ladies thing, sort of a side bar issue. this is where they come together. republicans are against the government forcing you to buy health insurance . republicans say they want to government out of the health care business. republicans don't want government telling people what to do when it comes to their health. that's a very basic ward message to be trying to peddle when they are trying to achieve complete regulation down to specific medical procedures of every pregnancy in their jurisdiction.