Happy Birthday, Health Care Reform! From America's Women

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Cecile Richards

Dubai, UAE

#1 Mar 25, 2011
Happy Birthday, Health Care Reform! From America's Women

A year ago this week, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, the greatest advance this country has seen in women's health care in 45 years. And women across this country are speaking out about how this bill will improve the lives of millions of women and girls. Planned Parenthood and other health care providers fought hard to pass this historic reform, which will advance women's health in myriad ways in the decades ahead. But at the tender age of one, these advances are under attack by special interests and by politicians with narrow ideological agendas. To make matters even worse, extremists in Congress are trying to take away valuable, lifesaving health care that millions of women have today.

Despite the current political challenges in defending women's health, the truly good news is that since going into effect, the Affordable Care Act has already improved access to care for women and families. It guarantees coverage of preventive care, including lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings and immunizations without co-pays. It bars insurers from refusing coverage to children with pre-existing conditions and from dropping individuals after they become sick. Additional benefits are on the way. By 2014, the new law will extend affordable coverage to tens of millions of women and families who are currently uninsured. It will also boost access to family planning and birth control for millions of women.

The Affordable Care Act is especially important to women because we are disproportionately and unfairly affected by America's broken health care system. Women are routinely charged higher premiums than men, and are often denied coverage for "pre-existing conditions," such as breast cancer and even pregnancy. This hard-won reform puts an end to those practices.

But some opponents of health care reform are working overtime to put an end to the Affordable Care Act. Earlier this year, extreme House members failed in their efforts to repeal the law. Two lawsuits involving a total of twenty-seven states have been filed to block its full implementation. The fight is not over, and we can expect many more attacks in Congress and the courts.

At the same time, extremists in Congress are working hard to take away health care that women have today. Astoundingly, the new majority in the House pushed through a budget resolution that would literally eliminate the national family planning program. And an amendment to that resolution would bar Planned Parenthood's doctors, nurses, and health centers from receiving federal funds for providing care of any kind to any person. These bills must never pass the Senate or reach the president's desk. The national family planning program provides five million women with family planning, birth control, and lifesaving preventive care, including cancer screenings. Planned Parenthood health centers, which are the foundation of the national family planning program, provide millions more women with the very same kind of care, as well as HIV testing, STI testing and treatment, annual exams, and other important care that women need, deserve, and have been receiving for decades.

These narrow-minded, unpopular, and unproductive attacks on women's health are not the birthday gifts this historic law deserves or the women of this country need, and we must resist these assaults at every step of the way.
Brown Shirt Archie

Bury, UK

#2 Mar 28, 2011
What's really driving the GOP's abortion war

The economy is reeling and we're in three wars, but Republicans across the country are focused on ... abortion?

By Amanda Marcotte

Reuters/Molly Riley

When Republicans profited from the miserable economy to sweep up huge wins in last fall's election, most political watchers figured they knew what was coming: budget cuts, privatization of more government functions, and tax cuts for the wealthy. The push to dismantle public sector unions has been a bit of a surprise, but not a jarring one.

But what seems to have thrown everyone -- save for a handful of embittered and neglected pro-choice activists -- for a loop is the way Republican lawmakers at both the national and state levels have focused so intently on the uteruses of America. Republicans appear to believe that the women of America have wildly mismanaged these uteruses in the four decades since the Supreme Court gave them control over them -- and now that Republicans have even a little bit of power, they’re going to bring this reign of female tyranny over uteruses to an end.

After all, the Republican House speaker, John Boehner, has identified limiting women's access to abortion and contraception as a "top priority" -- this with the economy is in tatters and the world in turmoil. Boehner's and the GOP's abortion fixation raises an obvious question: Why now, when there are so many other pressing issues at stake?

There isn’t just one explanation. The assault on reproductive rights is intensifying now because of a convergence of several otherwise unrelated events that have created the perfect moment for the anti-choice movement to go for the kill.

Republicans have managed to score a couple of major victories against women's rights in the past few years. Both of the main obstacles to dismantling reproductive rights -- the Supreme Court and the Democrats -- have buckled under anti-choice pressure, emboldening the movement to demand even more, including rollbacks on contraception access.

In 2007, the Supreme Court, with a 5-4 vote, upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Act, which not only set a precedent of the court validating a ban on an abortion procedure necessary to preserve some women's lives, but also introduced a new justification to limit women's rights. Justice Anthony Kennedy argued in the majority opinion that the D&X procedure could be banned in order to save women from the possibility of regret down the road. After this ruling, anti-choice bills sprung up like weeds, many of them rooted in this same assumption that women are too silly to be trusted to make their own decisions. Waiting periods, ultrasound requirements and forced "counseling" all make accessing abortion that much harder -- even as each step is dressed up as protection for women against their own flightiness and inability to make good decisions.

But the bigger victory was getting a Democratic president to sign an executive order barring insurance companies from offering abortion coverage to customers who are using federal subsidies to pay for insurance. Barack Obama signed the order under duress; there was no way to pass his healthcare reform bill without doing so. But the lesson for Republicans was clear: When it comes to reproductive rights, they don’t actually need to be in charge to get their way. If reproductive rights can be exploited to nearly derail healthcare reform while the Democrats control Congress and the presidency, think of how much leverage the issue gives them now that they've gained control of the U.S. House and a bunch of new statehouses.

Since: Jan 11

Andover, MN

#3 Mar 28, 2011
Comrade Le' re cycler of Soros Stink Tank.

Comrade , ewe got it all wrong, as long as the Supreme court allows the immoral act of abortion for Immoral people that want to create a designer family, Or just get rid of the responsibility of a child, Or a "BURDEN" as Obama says

Your decadence and immoral; behavior is with ih the law, Ewe can Execute your freedoms till the cows come home.

The problen with your decision to "CULL" your child is that your Cult is using public funds and that makes the moral taxpayer an accesory to the immoral act.

Comrade, this thought may be foreign to ewe but it takes more than the Mother to abuse the uterus, Can anyone in the cult consider that there is a father in every pregnancy?
Brown Shirt Archie

Kansas City, MO

#4 Mar 28, 2011
The Horrors Perpetrated By Fake Christian Clinics
Sometimes the Fake Clinic would actually send their white-coated volunteers out into the parking lot to take our unwitting patients into their facility.

Now that South Dakota has actually passed legislation requiring every woman seeking an abortion to be ‘counseled’ by a Fake Clinic, it’s obvious that, in all fairness, every pregnant woman who is considering having a baby has to be counseled at an abortion clinic. Of course that wouldn't make any sense because, unlike the Fake Clinics, abortion clinics don't have an agenda for the patient except that she make the best decision for herself!

What would happen if a woman who wanted a baby were counseled at an abortion clinic? The counselor or advocate would ask a few questions and then probably say something like “It sounds as though you know what you want. Congratulations. Can I help you find any community resources to help?”

What will happen when a woman who wants an abortion is counseled at a Fake Clinic? The monstrous deception that occurs in the Fake Clinics has been exposed in films such as the HBO Special 12th and Delaware. Because the Fakes have a well-hidden agenda, everything they do is designed to frighten and shame a woman who knows it is not the right time for her to have a baby. This fraudulence is clearly set out in the instructions given by the diabolical Robert Pearson, who came up with this brilliant and evil plan way back in 1967 when abortion was first legal in Hawaii. Pearson himself acknowledged and defended the deception in a 1994 speech:“obviously, we’re fighting Satan... A killer, who in this case is the girl who wants to kill her baby, has no right to information that will help her kill her baby. Therefore, when she calls and says,‘Do you do abortions?’ we do not tell her, No, we don’t do abortions.” The volunteers in his centers and others like them don’t mind tricking women because they think they are following some ‘higher law’. They don’t mind lying and misrepresenting things like the specious breast cancer-abortion link, the dangers of abortion, and most cruel of all, the help available to a woman who realizes that she honestly cannot support a child financially. The original Pearson manual includes: "[o]ur name of the game is to get the woman to come in as do the abortion chambers. Be put off by nothing... Let nothing stop you. The stakes are life or death." In 12th and Delaware we witnessed a young woman who came to a Fake and was so terrified by what they told her about abortion that she went home and months later knew with great anguish that she was still in no position to have and support a child. But by then she had little choice.

I remember in my own clinic years that when a woman came to our front desk crying and shaking I always knew she had been waylaid by the Fake Clinic directly across the hall from us--the Fake Clinic that advertised Free Pregnancy Testing and Financial Assistance. There was no financial assistance for abortion in Dallas, Texas. We did everything we knew to alert women to its existence including telling everyone who called us that the Fake Clinic was next door. But women who were poor, didn’t speak English, and had the very fewest resources went to the Fake Clinic because they believed they would be able to get a free abortion. During one of the most stressful days of their lives, some of our patients still got confused and went in the wrong door. Sometimes the Fake Clinic would actually send their white-coated volunteers out into the parking lot to take our unwitting patients into their facility--like spiders luring flies to their doom.

Since: Jan 11

Andover, MN

#5 Mar 28, 2011
FAKE SOROS PSYCHOBLOG

The Crimson Red Lenin Clench fisted Soros useful idiots busy at the Re-post button all day, Not a single personal thought or opinion in this whole Cult of U I's.
monet

Tempe, AZ

#6 Mar 28, 2011
Arch on Larch wrote:
FAKE SOROS PSYCHOBLOG
The Crimson Red Lenin Clench fisted Soros useful idiots busy at the Re-post button all day, Not a single personal thought or opinion in this whole Cult of U I's.
Pure fascist drivel.
Le Jumbo Soros

Cottonwood, AZ

#7 Mar 28, 2011
monet wrote:
<quoted text>
Pure fascist drivel.
Wow!!!!! 45 poste in less than an hour!!! Le Jumbo ,you have outdone yourself. The check is in the mail, my Son. Be sure to give the PP Topix monitor his cut, for his generous attitude will not be forgotten.
What about Seniors

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Jun 11, 2013
Cecile Richards wrote:
Happy Birthday, Health Care Reform! From America's Women
A year ago this week, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, the greatest advance this country has seen in women's health care in 45 years. And women across this country are speaking out about how this bill will improve the lives of millions of women and girls. Planned Parenthood and other health care providers fought hard to pass this historic reform, which will advance women's health in myriad ways in the decades ahead. But at the tender age of one, these advances are under attack by special interests and by politicians with narrow ideological agendas. To make matters even worse, extremists in Congress are trying to take away valuable, lifesaving health care that millions of women have today.
Despite the current political challenges in defending women's health, the truly good news is that since going into effect, the Affordable Care Act has already improved access to care for women and families. It guarantees coverage of preventive care, including lifesaving breast and cervical cancer screenings and immunizations without co-pays. It bars insurers from refusing coverage to children with pre-existing conditions and from dropping individuals after they become sick. Additional benefits are on the way. By 2014, the new law will extend affordable coverage to tens of millions of women and families who are currently uninsured. It will also boost access to family planning and birth control for millions of women.
The Affordable Care Act is especially important to women because we are disproportionately and unfairly affected by America's broken health care system. Women are routinely charged higher premiums than men, and are often denied coverage for "pre-existing conditions," such as breast cancer and even pregnancy. This hard-won reform puts an end to those practices.
But some opponents of health care reform are working overtime to put an end to the Affordable Care Act. Earlier this year, extreme House members failed in their efforts to repeal the law. Two lawsuits involving a total of twenty-seven states have been filed to block its full implementation. The fight is not over, and we can expect many more attacks in Congress and the courts.
At the same time, extremists in Congress are working hard to take away health care that women have today. Astoundingly, the new majority in the House pushed through a budget resolution that would literally eliminate the national family planning program. And an amendment to that resolution would bar Planned Parenthood's doctors, nurses, and health centers from receiving federal funds for providing care of any kind to any person. These bills must never pass the Senate or reach the president's desk. The national family planning program provides five million women with family planning, birth control, and lifesaving preventive care, including cancer screenings. Planned Parenthood health centers, which are the foundation of the national family planning program, provide millions more women with the very same kind of care, as well as HIV testing, STI testing and treatment, annual exams, and other important care that women need, deserve, and have been receiving for decades.
These narrow-minded, unpopular, and unproductive attacks on women's health are not the birthday gifts this historic law deserves or the women of this country need, and we must resist these assaults at every step of the way.
Last I checked, Medicare limits cancer screenings. What should be every year is now every 2 or 3. Catching it early is the key. Medicare must not think seniors are worth saving. Why doesn't the ACA stop this abuse. If Medicare doesn't cover it, the supplement seniors have to purchase doesn't either. Both breast and cervical cancer screenings are important even with seniors. Go to Medicare.gov and read it.

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