Top Ten Issues At Stake For Women In Today’s Election
Posted in the Columbus Forum
#1 Feb 23, 2013
1) Health care costs. Women tend to have higher medical expenses than men do, and insurers often practice “gender rating” to charge women more than men for the exact same health services. Forty three percent of women report that high costs have led them to skip some of the health care services they need. Under Obamacare, gender rating will be illegal and a wide range of important preventative health services for women — such as contraceptive services, cancer screenings, STI testing and counseling, and annual check-ups — will be covered at no additional cost.
2) Pay equity. The average woman in the United States still makes just 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man, a wage gap that emerges in the very first year of full-time work after college. President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009 to empower women to challenge wage discrimination — but Romney has declined to clarify whether or not he supports that legislation.
3) The Supreme Court. Since four of the nine current justices are over the age of 74, the winner of this election could have the chance to appoint several new members. Romney has said he would appoint judges to overturn Roe v. Wade and revoke women’s legal access to abortion, and his appointments could also chip away at women’s rights in other areas.
4) Resources for survivors of sexual assault. The Violence Against Women Act has helped protect countless survivors of domestic assault since its introduction in 1994. But the re-authorization of the bill has been stalled thanks to a partisan fight over whether VAWA should include protections for Native Americans, undocumented immigrants, and the LGBT community.
5) Funding for Planned Parenthood. Republican lawmakers have been attempting to defund Planned Parenthood’s health clinics on a state level, denying low-income women access to critical preventative health services in the GOP’s crusade against abortion services.
6) State-level abortion legislation. In several states, voters will decide on proposed abortion restrictions on their ballots today. In Florida, Amendment 6 seeks to ban abortion coverage under state insurance plans. If LR 120 passes in Montana, it would make it the 38th state to instate a parental notification law for teenagers seeking abortions.
7) Maternity care. Coverage for maternity care has typically been excluded from insurance plans — but if Obamacare remains in place, the health reform law will guarantee that about 8.7 million women have access to maternity care like prenatal doctor’s visits, emergency care during labor, and breastfeeding support.
8) Medicaid expansion. As governors across the country debate whether to accept the optional expansion of the Medicaid program under Obamacare, women have the most to lose if states decline to expand coverage to more of their low-income resident. Women make up nearly 70 percent of all Medicaid beneficiaries, partly because women are more likely than men to be poor and women tend to qualify for the program when they are new mothers.
9) Marriage equality and adoption rights. For the women who do not identify as heterosexual, this election could mark an important step forward for LGBT equality. Obama is the first U.S. president to endorse marriage equality in office, and he could enact policies in his second term to extend legal rights and protections to all types of female mothers and spouses, not just the women who are part of traditional family structures.
10) Representation in Congress. The number of women in Congress dropped to just 17 percent after the 2010 elections. Today, voters everywhere have a chance to improve women’s representation. This year, 12 Democratic and 6 Republican women are running for Senate, while 116 Democratic women and 47 Republican women are running in the House.
#2 Feb 23, 2013
What are you trying to state here? Your reference to Romney is outdated and irrelevant.
Fact are in this era of paying your fair share, women's healthcare does cost more. Why if a women needs additional services should she not pay more. You can't have it both ways. Nothing is free.
I just don't understand gender pay inequity. I for one think it is a bunch of crap as expectations of performance are not reduced. However, even Obama's own WH staff had pay inequities.
#3 Feb 23, 2013
I would bet that under current Obamacare guidelines there will be fewer insured American's in the future than their currently are now.
Despite expanding Medicaid roles for the needy, there will be a huge decline in company provided healthcare insurance due to increased cost as premiums will rise dramatically. The net difference will be fewer insured.
Hows that healthcare reform working out for you?
Since: Aug 10
#4 Feb 23, 2013
I'm calling troll. There is now way an actual person could get that many grade school level literacy issues into one post without making an effort.
#5 Feb 23, 2013
55% of women voted for Obama, and the rest voted for Romney.
When 55% of women vote for anything, what do might you guess is the end result?
#6 Feb 23, 2013
When 55% of women vote for anything, what do you guess is the end result?
#7 Feb 23, 2013
#8 Feb 23, 2013
So 55% of women voted for Oblamo yet even his own administration pays women less than men. Actions speak louder than words.
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