Isn't It Weird That ... On the same day that President Obama has cued up a State of the Union speech to directly address pressing economic issues that Americans are concerned with, the Republicans in Congress circled right back to the unpopular, self-righteous agenda that ruined them  in 2012 (costing them presidency and sending the party into self-deprecating introspection about how to attract 21st century voters)? 

Today, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation that would impose a tax penalty on low-income women who choose health-care plans under the Affordable Care Act that include coverage for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or when a woman will die without abortion care. 

Abortion rights are being chipped, chipped, chipped away at at the state level across the nation, of course, but today's vote was aimed squarely at President Obama as he prepared to make his most significant speech of the year. 

And Isn't It Weird That ... In that context, the Republican response to the State of the Union by Washington state U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Spokane) focuses so heavily on health care "choice"?

Coming from a party that believes women should be denied the right to choose abortion, lines like this one are pretty rich: "Republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the government’s. And that whether you’re a boy with Down syndrome or a woman with breast cancer, you can find coverage and a doctor who will treat you.”

But not if you're a woman with an unwanted pregnancy. 

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