Anderson Cooper is keeping Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, honest tonight. House Republicans, with a handful of Democrats, voted Friday to keep interest rates on government-backed student loans from doubling in the not-too-distant future. Most Democrats, including Maloney, opposed the move. They blasted Republicans, accusing them of raiding a preventative care fund in President Obama’s health care law, as a way to pay for their bill. Democrats claim it’s another example of what they call the GOP’s war on women. But when Anderson pointed out that Democrats, including Maloney, dipped into that very same fund to pay for an extension of the payroll tax cut earlier this year, things got a little heated. Not only that, but the prevention fund does not appear to specifically target women’s health. As Maloney points out, the preventative measures funded in the health care bill do benefit women and their families. But if Democrats have raided this fund before, and if the fund does not specifically target women’s health programs, can they really call what Republicans did Friday a “war on women”? We’re Keeping Them Honest.
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