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Senate Candidate Takes Swipe at Autism, Maternity Leave

Sharron Angle

Sharron Angle takes aim at maternity leave, autism

I suppose we shouldn’t be shocked that Sharron Angle, the GOP, tea-party-supported candidate for Senate in Nevada, took a swipe at mandated health coverage for autism and maternity leave.

After all, she’s the candidate who also said that abortion should be outlawed even for 13-year-old girls who had become pregnant when they were raped by their fathers. Such cases are part of “God’s plan,” she has said, adding in a subsequent interview that “two wrongs don’t make a right,” and that young girls in that situation should have their babies and turn “really a lemon situation into lemonade.”

She’s also proposed doing away with the entire Federal Department of Education. “The Department of Education is unconstitutional and should not be involved in education at any level … I am an advocate for home school, vouchers and charter schools,” she has said.

But somehow, we still find it alarming that, as a woman and a working mother (and grandmother), she’s chosen maternity leave and autism coverage to single out for derision in when it comes to health care reform.

In a video of Angle speaking at a 2009 tea party rally, just released by the Democratic Party and posted by the Las Vegas Sun, Angle says …

Take off the mandates for coverage in the state of Nevada and all over the United States. But here you know what I’m talking about. You’re paying for things you don’t even need … The latest one is everything that they want to throw at us now is covered under ‘autism’ [exaggerated air-quote gesture]. So that’s a mandate that you have to pay for. How about maternity leave? I’m not going to have any more babies, but I’m sure going to have to pay for it on my insurance. So those are the things we want to get rid of.

Video is posted below. Am I the only one whose blood is boiling?

Photo: YouTube

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