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Anti-Health Care Rep. Jodie Laubenberg Appointed Public Health Chair

by: Karl-Thomas Musselman

Wed Aug 06, 2008 at 10:20 AM CDT

(This post from our archives has been getting some traffic given the recent exposure of Republican Jodie "Rape Kits" Laubenberg in the debate over HB 2.   - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

Ed. Note: This post is from 2008 when Laubenberg was appointed Chair of the Public Health Committee, a position she no longer holds, though she still serves on the Committee. However, her comments that the in-utero don't deserve access to health insurance because "they're not born yet" seems germane to the ongoing debate about HB 2 in this second special session. (Added 7.9.13)

Following the resignation of Dianne Delisi, Jodie Laubenberg has been appointed chair of the Public Health Committee in the Texas House of Representatives.

Laubenberg, you may remember, offered an amendment last legislative session to cut peri-natal health insurance for over 95,000 mothers and children in-utero covered by the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). From the Austin Chronicle:

A priceless exchange occurred between Harper-Brown cohort Jodie Laubenberg of Rockwall and Dallas Dem Rafael Anchia. Laubenberg proposed to enforce a three-month waiting period before expectant mothers could begin receiving prenatal and perinatal care under CHIP. Anchia pointed out that the eligibility change would kick nearly 100,000 children out of the CHIP program. "That is absolutely untrue!" Laubenberg shot back, proving her point by waving a sheet of paper. Then again, "That is absolutely untrue!"

"You know," Anchia replied, "I can hear you yelling, but just because you yelled, it doesn't make it true." Anchía pointed out the consequences of denying health care to the unborn. "You do know, don't you, that these are U.S. citizens?"

"But they're not born yet," Laubenberg, a "family values" conservative, retorted. Dukes, standing behind Anchia at the back mic, whipped her head around in a shocked double take. Anchia, smelling blood, observed, "You have an anti-life amendment," which set Laubenberg off on a loud tirade in which she claimed to be the most pro-life member of the House.

Capitol Annex snagged a video of the very-funny-if-these-weren't-actually-the-people-governing-our-state exchange last year, which we're reposting below.


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Wow. (0.00 / 0)
Used to be the Republicans only cared about human life BEFORE it was born.

So much for that.  

They only care so long as it doesn't cost money (0.00 / 0)
Once you have to pay something out to help that human life, it's not worth so much.  

I wish I could see that video at work.  Bookmarked for later viewing at home.

Disclosure: Former Political Director for Lee Leffingwell for Mayor of Austin ('09)

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sweet (0.00 / 0)
one of the best exchanges of the session.

it got even better when the Dems refused to let the amendment be withdrawn and pulled like 120 votes against.

Please refer to KT's signature.

I love the Texas House (0.00 / 0)
sine die in the Texas house is like a free for all these days... I can't wait to see Craddick forced out of there and the floodgates of good bills can finally make it to the floor for votes.

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have to watch it (0.00 / 0)
It's awesome. It really gets rolling about halfway through.

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How does the change of life hit GOP state reps so hard? (0.00 / 0)
I swear, these women hit menopause and go bat shit insane!  Irving is cursed with an entire Menopause Mafia of grouchy, unbalanced GOP shock troops who have made it their mission to keep Linda Harper-Brown in Austin forever.

Ladies, just take the lithium and chill out!

Please don't blame their (0.00 / 0)
behavior on menopause. That's derogatory toward all women. Their "craziness" has nothing to do with their hormones. No amount of hormone imbalance can cause this kind of weirdness. I just looked at Linda Harper Brown's Web site,  her bio, etc. and I just think some of these ultra conservative Republican women are not qualified to be in these leadership roles. The stress just gets to them.

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I would like to join my Texas Representative Dawnna Dukes (1.00 / 1)
with a shocked doubled take.  I'm so proud of Dukes laughing in her face.  

It's really sad (0.00 / 0)
that Laubenberg is now leading this important committee. This video should really be the end of her so-called political career.

I loved it when all those Republican "men" tried to casually block the camera's view of her.

Pro-life. Right.  

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I really want to see when Senfronia Thompson threw it down and Boris Miles had to get in there.

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