In last night’s debate, President Obama made it crystal clear that standing up for women is one of his top priorities. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney told the nation he had “binders full of women.”
Wait a second…I can order a binder full of women? And flexible women at that? Of all ages? Do they charge shipping & handling, Mitt?
Fortunately, Barack Obama has done much more for women than simply list them in a binder – particularly when it comes to making their lives better through the Affordable Care Act.
Thanks to ObamaCare, more than 20 million women received preventive services, such as mammograms and cervical cancer screenings, without a co-pay. Because of the Affordable Care Act, Americans joining a new health plan or Medicare beneficiaries can receive recommended preventive services – such as, mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, and prenatal tests – without a co-pay, deductible or any other out-of-pocket expenses. In 2011, 20.4 million women between 18 and 64 took advantage of this new provision of the health care law. These 20 million women would lose this care if the law were repealed or rolled back—as Romney advocates. [ The Hill, 2/15/12, ThinkProgress, 2/10/12]
Thanks to ObamaCare, insurance companies will no longer be able to charge women up to 150 times more than men. The Affordable Care Act ends unconscionable insurance company practices against women. That means insurers will no longer be able to use Caesarean sections or domestic violence as pre-existing conditions to deny women health care, and will no longer be able to drop women’s coverage if they get sick. [Healthcare.gov, What the Health Law Means for Women, 2/18/11; McClatchy, 10/4/09] Millions of women would lose this protection if the law were repealed or rolled back.
Thanks to ObamaCare, women will have access to essential health benefits such as maternity care. The Affordable Care Act gives women more security over their health care. Under the law, all new health plans will be required to offer essential benefits for women such as maternity care, newborn care and prescription drug benefits. According to the National Women Law Center, only 13 percent of health plans in the individual market include maternity care. Millions of women would lose this important benefit if the law were repealed or rolled back. [National Women’s Law Center, October 2009]
Thanks to ObamaCare, women have access to contraception without co-pays. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance must cover contraception without any out-of-pocket costs – protecting the health of all women while accommodating religious organizations. Up to 47 million women may be benefit from this important provision that puts healthcare decisions in the hands of women and their doctors. Millions of women would lose this important access to care if the law were repealed or rolled back. [National Women’s Law Center, 2/11/12]
Thanks to ObamaCare, women will no longer have to worry about lifetime limits on healthcare. The Affordable Care Act bans insurance companies from being able to put lifetime caps on health care. It also restricts annual limits and will ban them entirely in 2014. This means women will be able to get the care they need when they need it most. Millions of women would be left to the whim of insurance companies if the law were repealed or rolled back. [Healthcare.gov, What the Health Law Means for Women, 2/18/11]