This site has written a few times about the severe dangers for young women in having government provide their health care. The bottom line: Both Democrats and Republicans use the abortion issue to their advantage. What that means: women will LOSE reproductive care under any government run insurance program. Period. End of story.
Currently almost 90% of private insurance plans cover abortion services. For women, it is the most common surgical procedure and over a third of all women will decide to terminate a pregnancy. Now…all those folks who believe that abortion and other controversial reproductive services will remain covered under government controlled health care plans raise their hands. No hands, thought so.
You’d have to think the Moon was made of Swiss cheese to believe that. Of course women will lose reproductive service care. Abortion out. Contraceptives. Out. Congress can’t help themselves. The Blue Doggy Dems got together and put up a letter to Obama saying no way, no how on abortion. And …That was just from the Democratic Party.
Here is what Obama promised Congress on Abortion care for women:
"And one more misunderstanding I want to clear up - under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions, and federal conscience laws will remain in place.
Hmmm…what about rescinding that HHS Conscience Rule????
Radio Silent Ladies
Still Radio Silent.
Yet Still, Radio Silent.
More on Obama on abortion as per the NYTimes:
Mr. Obama has said the health care overhaul should preserve the current policy that federal money not pay for elective abortions, and congressional Democrats say they are trying to do that.
In his conference call with religious voters last week, Mr. Obama denied that his plan would mean government financing for abortions, calling such assertions “fabrications that have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation.”
Hmmm, what about helping women at their most vulnerable? Na, that not CORE at all! That be under the bus, for us, yet again!
Here is a bit more:
House health care legislation would allow the secretary of Health and Human Services to decide whether a proposed government insurance program would cover abortions. But any health insurance plan that does cover abortion — whether government-run or private — would be required to segregate its government subsidies from its patients’ premium payments so that no taxpayer money would pay for the procedure. And all patients would have the choice of plans that do and do not cover it.
Holy smokes batman, did someone say “government subsidies.” Yessiryee. But.. head scratch, I thought Obama said:
They argue that these private companies can't fairly compete with the government. And they'd be right if taxpayers were subsidizing this public insurance option. But they won't be. I have insisted that like any private insurance company, the public insurance option would have to be self-sufficient and rely on the premiums it collects.
So we are going to be subsidizing or not which is it? Subsidies or course-DUH!!, but NOT for those pissy women and their uteruses. Fuck that. Fuck them.
So where are the women’s groups? Why are they silent? Or worse, apologists for Mr. Obama’s dump of women into a public plan that WILL deny them coverage they currently have and leave their uteruses and ovaries firmly in Congressional hands heretofore.
Well, sadly Gloria Feldt, a stalwart of the fight for abortion rights is so caught up in Obama mania that she writes on the Daily Beast that resistance to ObamCare “isn’t about abortion at all.”
Can Ms. Feldt not fathom that Congress will pull all sort of plugs on women’s reproductive health given the chance via government intervention? Of course she CAN!
But women’s rights are just so much hooey when it comes to the Feldt Obama Assistance Plan. Gloria, you failed to prevent the hideous loss of Health protection under Roe v. Wade. I hate to say it but your time has passed. Too many failures have racked up. Tim Kaine’s appointment just shows how seriously Obama and Democrats take you or NARAL lightweight Nancy Keenan. You WILL Roll and Dems know it, or they’d NEVER have pulled a stunt like that! Women stay in the Blue party because of repro rights BUT those who lead the fight for repro rights don’t have the muscle to stop Obama from giving the DNC an anti-choicer, pro-forcer. UhAhaA! Hair pull out moment.
Soooooo…..ladies, back to why heath care reform IS about abortion:
When you are struggling to pay the rocket-high rent on a NYCity apartment, and wind up pregnant but don’t have the cool 1K to pay your private MD to treat you, so you turn to insurance and then guess what….your insurance that used to cover abortions has been replaced with a government plan.
Out of luck chicky!
Get thee to the Bronx and wait in a clinic with all those Medicaid folks, oh wait, they don’t get abortion coverage either, do they. Nope. But your Manhattan MD charges way more than that fella in the Bronx, so a trogging you a go. But opps, post abortion infection and you need to see your regular MD…but see rider number 360 passed by the Blue Doggy /Republican Congress of (pick any future year) that says government will not pony up for any care that is the result of a willful termination of pregnancy. Call mom, or Uncle Ted. Become a beggar yet again. And forget about coverage for those birth control pills. That went out the window in 2014. Shrug. So…perhaps someone should tell Ms. Feldt that this IS about abortion.
Any public plan for repro services WILL take abortion coverage out of women’s hands. And if you don’t believe me, just ask Mr. Obama, who can’t tell you enough that:
“ no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions!”
And thankfully there is one group with the guts to speak out for women:
The Center for Reproductive Rights has this to say:
New York—Today, the president of the Center for Reproductive Rights Nancy Northup called for more forthright dialogue and vocal leadership on women’s health needs in the healthcare reform debate, particularly on the issue of access to abortion. Northup’s statement comes after President Barack Obama’s nationally televised speech on healthcare last night. In the speech, President Obama asserted that “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions” under his plan.
Northup issued this statement in response:
“It is lamentable that during a major speech on healthcare reform, the President chose to reinforce a longstanding barrier to women’s ability to obtain abortion. For years, the federal government has prohibited federal funds from being used to pay for abortion except under extremely narrow circumstances—even when a woman’s health is jeopardized by her pregnancy. The effect has been millions of women, including those living below the poverty line, military personnel and their dependents, women served by the Indian Health Service, Peace Corps volunteers, and federal employees and their dependents who rely solely on these programs for their medical care are deprived of their right to safe, legal abortion.
“Reproductive health, including decisions about whether or not to have children, cut to the core of a woman’s daily reality as well as her well-being. The fact that the President can set out to have a comprehensive discussion of healthcare needs, but end up relegating an essential medical service, only used by women, to an outlier status, is disappointing to say the least. This was a missed opportunity to re-examine the meaning of access to a full range of choices in healthcare for women.
Private insurers appreciate that protecting women’s health means providing women access to the full range of reproductive health services and a majority offer abortion coverage.
More: Most private insurers offer abortion coverage and it is critical that there be no backsliding from the current state of affairs in the expansion of healthcare for millions of American women.
Bravo to the Guts and Bravery of CRR! Women have at least one voice strong enough to lambast Obama when he tosses them under the bus, bigtime. Yes, there is an amendment floating around out there --The Capps amendment--that would “allow” private plans to continue to cover abortion services. ALLOW? WTF? This is scary. And if Congress can ALLOW they can just as easily DisALLOW!
Comeon’! …we all know amendments can be amended. Private insurance must remain standing for women to not loose hard-fought coverage! There must be no Trojan Horse to bring down private insurance.
And then there is this from Times coverage:
Another proposal to make coverage of abortion services available without directly using federal funding includes riders to allow consumers to buy supplemental abortion coverage (Steinfels, New York Times, 9/12).
Oh it gonna cost you! Women pushed backwards.. to begging the Establishment for our human rights. 90% coverage of reproductive care under private insurance…or….no reproductive coverage under government run health care.
ObamaCare: you MUST buy insurance that doesn’t even cover what you are most likely to use it for. Gugle, gurgle burp, spit!