Women’s Healthcare Under Attack

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The Affordable Care Act is a complex law which addressed a number of serious omissions in American healthcare.

  • While the Act is flawed, calls for simple repeal are at best naive and will hurt a great many people.  Unfortunately, “Congress” seems to be a synonym for “ignorance”.

The Kaiser Family Foundation weighed in on one of these issues today — universal access to contraception.  I’m not going to repeat their entire article here.  You can find it at

http://kff.org/womens-health-policy/issue-brief/the-future-of-contraceptive-coverage/?utm_campaign=KFF-2017-January-Future-of-Contraceptive-Coverage&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8GDcQq7tdmeq63OmhJQp_6O8mXB7t-8g_0PPXr_7xS_Nb6uM4sKhgU560QDQgTEPH20tlmp0Z0_RVIZKs4aN0jL-0136q6GE1-LECbE6U2AE7VM2E&_hsmi=40279577&utm_content=40279577&utm_source=hs_email&hsCtaTracking=3b5a083c-444e-49d7-b9ed-786e93b8471a%7Cb988136a-71ce-466e-9021-3684f879937e

The Act eliminated out of pocket costs for contraception for most women and made access independent of workplace or insurer.  (Remember the lawsuits involving church employees from before the law?)

When coupled with the attack on Planned Parenthood, which provides breast cancer screening for low income women as well as access to contraceptives, it seems like there is an agenda to reduce healthcare for women.

  • One interesting finding in the Kaiser data is that men are less supportive of contraceptive services for women than are women.  Most members of Congress or male.  While only a minority of men feel this way, the reasons for this are unclear. 

One theme to which I keep returning is the promise of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” made by the Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence.  These rights are meaningless without good health.  In modern terms, that means universal access to quality healthcare.

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