If you have been hoping that the new GOP health care bill can be an enormous enchancment on what can solely be described as a devastating failure of a primary invoice, I am sorry to disappoint you. It’s true that the brand new invoice is largely the identical language because the earlier American Health Care Act (AHCA) that failed, however there are some key variations. In an try and pander to The House Freedom Caucus, who did not get behind the invoice final time, it looks like women’s proper have been sacrificed — maybe even extra than they have been beforehand. UPDATE: The AHCA has formally handed the House with a majority of votes.
We cannot underestimate the significance of women’s health care and our reproductive rights, particularly as women so typically look after others earlier than they look after themselves. As Dr. Jennifer Wider, women’s health expert and medical adviser to Cosmopolitan, tells Bustle, “All too typically [women] put themselves on the bottom of the totem pole — so having males of their lives who care about them and are conscious of their health wants is invaluable.” Unfortunately, the lads making our health care selections do not appear to care very a lot about these wants in any respect. And they do not take heed to the feminine legislators making an attempt to struggle for us.
Here’s what you want to concentrate on, as a result of the earlier threats are nonetheless there — together with a some new ones.
Defunding Planned Parenthood
The similar hazard to Planned Parenthood nonetheless exists. The bill would disallow Medicaid from giving funding to any health clinics that carry out abortions, together with Planned Parenthood — this might disproportionally have an effect on low-income women, women of shade, and weak teams. In addition to offering contraception, the opposite providers similar to most cancers screenings, STI screenings, and extra will all be misplaced.
States Can Opt Out Of “Essential Care”
“Essential care” is, nicely, precisely what it seems like. It’s protection for sure fundamentals — together with contraception — that was coated by Obamacare. But beneath the brand new invoice, states would be able to opt out of essential care, together with contraception. So your contraception would not be protected in the identical approach, and any safety would depend upon how your state feels about women’s rights.
House GOP, I hope you slept properly final night time. Because after this vote, you’ll have the dying of hundreds of your conscience perpetually.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) May 4, 2017
Changes To Preexisting Conditions
So that is the large new drawback. Under the final invoice, insurance coverage corporations have been required to cowl pre-existing circumstances, identical to they have been underneath Affordable Care Act does. But, regardless of 96 % of the inhabitants supporting that a part of Obamacare, the brand new invoice would take away that requirement — they might have the ability to deny protection to these with pre-existing circumstances.
So, how does this have an effect on women particularly? Well, this is the factor. It depends upon what qualifies as a “preexisting condition.” Before Obamacare, issues like having a C-section and being a domestic abuse victim have been thought-about “pre-existing conditions” in some states. Seriously. Think about that. Women might be refused protection for being a home abuse sufferer. Not solely is it twisted, it is easy to see how women could possibly be notably weak if this standing can deny protection to primary wants — of which contraception is just one.
Oh, And 24 Million People Will Still Probably Lose Their Insurance In The Next Nine Years
Let’s not overlook — it is nonetheless a repeal of Obamacare. And in accordance with unbiased evaluation by the Congressional Budget Office, meaning about 24 million more people will be uninsured by 2026. So even when we acknowledge that some insurance policy will nonetheless supply entry to contraception, hundreds of thousands fewer women might be coated by them.
The new invoice has all the similar horrible harpoons to women’s rights and contraception because the final one, with the change to pre-existing circumstances including an additional blow. It’s not arduous to see why so many women are rushing to get the IUD because the election. Stay protected and powerful, women.