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Ok, where’s the cloning machine?

If you haven’t listened to Elizabeth Warren’s floor speech, do it now.

She starts out defending our endangered reproductive rights:

Madam President, I come to the floor today in a state of disbelief.

With millions of people still out of work, with an economic recovery that is still far too fragile, with students and families being crushed by student loan debt, with millions of seniors denied their chance at one hot meal a day with Meals on Wheels and millions of little children pushed out of Head Start because of a sequester, with the country hours away from a government shutdown and days away from a potential default on the nation’s debt, the Republicans have decided that the single most important issue facing our nation is to change the law so that employers can deny women access to birth control.

In fact, letting employers decide whether women can get birth control covered on their insurance plans is so important that the Republicans are willing to shutter the government and potentially tank the economy. Over whether women can get access to birth control. In the year 2013. Not the year 1913 – the year 2013.

I have a daughter and I have granddaughters. And I will never vote to let a group of backward-looking ideologues cut women’s access to birth control. We have lived in that world, and we are not going back. Not ever.

This assault on birth control is just one more piece of an ongoing Republican assault on the orderly functioning of our government and the orderly functioning of our economy.

In effect, the Republicans are trying to take the government and the economy hostage, threatening serious damage to both unless the President agrees to gut the Affordable Care Act.

This assault is utterly bizarre. Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to solve real honest-to-God problems. Our health care system is broken. 48 million people in this country had no health insurance. Women couldn’t get access to cancer screenings. People with diabetes were denied health insurance because of pre-existing conditions. People with cancer hit the caps on health insurance spending. And health spending in this country was growing way too fast.

So we worked hard. We compromised. We came up with a solution – a solution that will substantially improve the lives of millions of Americans – because that’s the way democracy works.

She goes off on the “anarchy gang” explaining what government does for us, Jimmy Stewart style as Wonkette notes:

The anarchy gang is quick to malign government, but when was the last time anyone called for regulators to go easier on companies that put lead in children’s toys? Or for food inspectors to stop checking whether the meat in our grocery stores is crawling with deadly bacteria? Or for the FDA to ignore whether morning sickness drugs will cause horrible deformities in little babies?

We need more grownups in Washington.

Transcript as posted on her website PDF

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