Opinion author Hadley Heath Manning’s argument within the May 26 Miami Herald, “Obamacare replacement would give women better options, lower costs,” doesn’t maintain water.
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) alternative invoice handed by the House is the worst piece of laws for women’s health in many years.
The ill-advised House plan particularly prohibits Medicaid sufferers from coming to Planned Parenthood for primary healthcare providers, similar to contraception, most cancers screenings, STD testing and remedy, and well-woman exams.
This places the health of Planned Parenthood’s 2.5 million sufferers in danger, together with many women right here in Florida who could have nowhere else to show for care if Planned Parenthood health facilities are pressured to shut their doorways.
The AHCA additionally makes it simpler for insurers to discriminate towards women. It removes safeguards in order that insurers might declare that having beforehand given delivery, or had a C-section, or being a survivor of home violence, would one way or the other represent a “pre-existing condition.”
The AHCA even creates a nationwide ban on abortion protection, regardless of insurance coverage sometimes overlaying abortion — a protected and authorized medical process that roughly one in three women may have in her lifetime — until it’s prevented by state regulation.
On prime of all that, booting 23 million Americans off their health insurance coverage, as estimated by the Congressional Budget Office, can be devastating to males and women and is nothing in need of reckless.
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