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What the Affordable Care Act Means for Women

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May 13-19 is National Women’s Health Week, an event spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. Ironically, although women use the health care system the most, they are casualties of the “affordability barrier” to the requisite tests, treatments and medications that they need.

In June, the Supreme Court will make a decision about whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is “constitutional.” The term Obamacare has been used derisively by opponents, yet the advantages are so far-reaching for women that there is an obvious disconnect between the realities of the benefits and an understanding the law.

Katherine B. Waddell, former member of the House of Delegates in Virginia, told me, “Many Americans don’t know what’s in the act and how it will affect them.” Waddell is president of Women’s Strike Force, a non-partisan organization that has formed a PAC to defeat representatives supporting anti-women legislation.

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I'm a bit disappointed that the commenter who referred to me as an"idiot" is an anonymous user. I also don't think it serves the conversation to offer an opinion based on name calling or hyperbole.

July 27, 2012 - 11:13am
EmpowHER Guest

So let me get this straight...women use a billion dollars more services than men, but you want them charged the same as men. And you call this gender bias? ("gender"...btw, informs the masculine or feminine characteristics of a noun. "sex" is the word you're looking for). I cannot think of a more unfair system. Women, who seem to run to the doctor at every hangnail, or symptom of depression, should very much pay more...just as smokers do. You "need" more healthcare, you pay for more healthcare...not rocket science.

July 17, 2012 - 9:07am
EmpowHER Guest

But the fact that this will bankrupt the United States...that part you left out. I know...minor detail when we're talking bout freebies from Uncle Sam for women. When the Greece like riots hit the US because some woman was denied a mammogram or birth control, because no money is left, when veterans and other civil servants see their retirement evaporate, when we hand over the state of California to pay our bills to the Chinese, than maybe idiots like this author will finally realize this was the most supremely bad idea of all time. But I doubt it...in her mind, there are always more rich people to tax to pay for her socialist utopia...

July 17, 2012 - 8:53am
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