Health Care Debate - Queen Anne, MD
Do you support President Obama's health care policy?
#1 Jul 10, 2012
Supreme Court Decision was a Victory for Women’s Health
The Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act marks a critical victory for women’s health, and the health of all Americans. As someone who has been in the situation of not having insurance and having a child ill, as well as needing birth control until we could afford insurance, I know firsthand the challenges we all face in getting and paying for health coverage. We desperately needed to keep from having another child until my husband was able to obtain a steady job, or I was able to convert from a part time job as a registered nurse to a full time position. There were no full time openings for me at the time, and the price of insurance as a part time employee, was more than I would be bringing home in my paycheck. We already had 2 children, and needed to house, clothe and feed them during this time until my husband and I had full time work. And I’m not the only one.
Because of this landmark decision, millions of Americans – including 184,749 Marylanders- will have access to affordable, quality health care for what may be the first time.
This law will create tremendous gains for women, including access to birth control and cancer screening at no cost, guaranteed direct access to obstetricians and gynecologists without having to wait for a referral, and an end to discriminatory practices against women, such as charging higher premiums and denying coverage for “pre-existing conditions.”
And beginning August of this year, women will gain access to birth control without a co-pay – which will have a tremendous economic impact on already stretched family budgets.
For women, birth control isn’t a political or social issue— it’s basic health care and an economic concern. The money, up to $600 average, that women will save on birth control each year is equal to five weeks of groceries for a family of four, nine tanks of gas for the car, or one semester of college textbooks.
I’m proud today to stand up and applaud this decision. I thank all of the champions of women’s health who have fought for us along the way. I want to see that my daughter and granddaughters have the opportunity for complete access to affordable, comprehensive health services in their lifetimes.
Kathy Jo Keever, RNC-OB, CNM, MS
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