I feel like everyone needs to know the significance of what has happened as of August 1st 2012.
August 1st was an important date & a huge step forward for women’s health in our country. As of now all of our specific health care needs are now completely covered by insurance with no deductibles or co-pay. Millions of American women will now gain access to expanded coverage for preventive & diagnostic care. We also cannot be denied healthcare or be discriminated against just because of our gender!
& I’m not just talking about “birth control” (which is a very significant thing), I’m ALSO talking cancer screenings, mammograms,pap smears & well-woman yearly exams.
Pregnant women can be screened for gestational diabetes as appropriate, and women 30 or older can get testing every three years that can help reduce the prevalence of cervical cancer. Sexually active women can access free counseling regarding sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and obtain free HIV/AIDS testing.
Women will have access to all contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration as well as to sterilization procedures and to related patient education. Pregnant and postpartum women will have access to the counseling and equipment needed for breastfeeding. Finally, the ACA will ensure coverage of screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence.
This is something that I am very relieved and happy about. It benefits not only me directly but millions of other women in this country One small step for woman, one giant leap for womankind. We’re getting there girls! :) yay!
But I also need to tell you the bad news.
You know what Congressmen (R) Mike Kelly compared this huge step for women and their health?
"I know in your mind you can think of the times when America was attacked. one is December 7th, that’s pearl harbor day. The other is September 11 & that’s the day of the terrorist attack. I want you to remember August 1st 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. that is a date that will live in infamy along with those other dates."
He compared this huge stride for women to things to TERRORIST attacks and thousands and millions of people being killed in wars.
It gets worst sadly.
After Mike spoke, Rep Ann Marie Buerkle, a WOMAN said this:
"As Mike said, August the 1st is a day that we, as Americans will look at as the largest assault on our first amendment rights."
I feel that it is bad enough if a man says this, but coming from a woman it absolutely shocks and holds a much different tone to me. HOW can a fellow woman be okay with this? Blatant sexism and in support of robbing her and her fellow American women of basic healthcare? They are USING our bodies and gender as political tool & battleground? How is that okay Ann?! HOW?
I have never felt so insulted in my 20 years. I’m in shock right now. I can’t believe people are actually saying things like this in our government in 2012. There is even talk of threatening to roll back this new policy.
We as women have to stand up and make sure this can’t happen. We have made a huge stride today in healthcare, but we still have to make sure that it stays that way. Fellow ladies, do me a favor, please register to vote, it is critical. Our rights and health are in danger if we don’t.