Women must stand with Obama to protect health care rights

The last time President Barack Obama came to Grand Junction, it was to celebrate the community-based medical system in Mesa County.

He held our community up to the nation as an example of how quality medical care could be delivered at an affordable cost, while still achieving good medical outcomes.

But he also came to deliver his own message on health care reform. He drew a standing ovation for his promise to pass a health care bill to extend medical benefits to all Americans.

Though it fell short of universal health care, the Affordable Care Act promises to relieve the majority of Americans from the anxiety of living without adequate health insurance and the suffering that follows when tragedy strikes an uninsured individual or family.

With intransigent Republicans ritually voting to overturn the ACA, often called Obamacare, and some conservative religious organizations preaching against the evils of birth control, controversy has swarmed around Obama’s health care bill from the beginning.

But, as The Week magazine reports, “unbeknownst to many Americans, several of its provisions have been quietly implemented over the past two years. Just this week, an estimated 47 million women gained access to eight new medical services at no out-of-pocket costs.”

The eight new prevention-related services include (1) well-woman visits, (2) screening to protect pregnant women from the danger of gestational diabetes, (3) screening and counseling for domestic and interpersonal violence, (4) contraceptive education and counseling, including FDA-approved contraception methods, (5) breast-feeding support, supplies and counseling, (6) HPV DNA testing for women over 30, (7) sexually transmitted infections counseling for sexually active women, and (8) HIV counseling for sexually active women.

Other provisions that affect women, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, immunizations, diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol screening, have been in effect since 2010. Most of these benefits go to older Americans, including those on Medicare.

Benefits of the ACA that began in 2010 also include allowing children to remain on their parents’ health insurance until age 26 and forbidding insurance companies from excluding children with pre-existing conditions from coverage.

The new provisions uniquely target women during their sexually active and child-bearing years. Even though Obama has granted an extension to implementation of the part of the law requiring religious employers to include reproductive services in policies provided to employees, religious conservatives are determined to make a stand against Obamacare central to their election plans.

The provisions for covering contraception in particular have energized the religious right. Richard Land, who has connections to the Southern Baptist Convention, called Obamacare “a codification and personification of pro-abortion policies.”

Religious conservatives and evangelicals, Land predicted, would “want to bury Obamacare in a lead coffin with a stake through its heart and cover its grave with garlic.”

The notorious Koch brothers and other wealthy conservatives are funding several conservative Christian organizations dedicated to defeating Obamacare by defeating Obama in November.

The date of Obama’s speech seems propitious. In the same city where, three years ago, he promised a reformation in health care, tonight he will stand up to the regressive forces who seek to impose their values on the entire nation.

As I stood in line Monday morning to pick up tickets for President Obama’s visit to Grand Junction tonight, one thing was clear. The long line stretching from the new Organizing for America office, down to the corner, then a good distance around the building was predominately women.

Here, I thought, is Obama’s army.

If western Colorado women stand with millions like them who will benefit immediately from the eight new Obamacare provisions, they can ensure that decisions concerning their personal health issues will be between them and their doctors.

If women are to make reproductive decisions based on their own individual values, the government must protect the rights and benefits granted by the Affordable Care Act. Questionable claims of religious freedom should not be allowed to impose restrictions on those whose beliefs are different.

“President Obama is moving our country forward by giving women control over their health care,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. “This law puts women and their doctors, not insurance companies or the government, in charge of health care decisions.”

And that, ladies, is a freedom worth fighting for.

Bill Grant lives in Grand Junction. He can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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In the reality of the natural cause-and-effect universe which leftists routinely ignore, the only defense against the price of something being too high is the right to not buy it. The so-called “individual mandate” of Obamacare takes away that fundamental human natural right.
I am reminded of the fraud under which compulsory auto insurance was foisted off on Coloradoans. The bleeding-heart deceptive talking point was, “nobody should have to get hit by an uninsured driver,” and “uninsured drivers make the price of everybody else’s insurance higher.” At the time, it only cost $25/yr extra for uninsured driver coverage. Guess what? Once mandatory auto insurance was in place, insurance didn’t go down, and it STILL costs extra for uninsured driver coverage. How about them rotten apples?!
Regarding women’s health care and every liberal’s favorite talking point: The abortion issue isn’t about “women’s health decisions”. It’s about politically establishing the point in its development at which a baby is entitled to the same legal rights as everyone else. A baby morally owns its own life, and is not part of “a woman’s right to make her own decisions regarding her personal reproductive health.” If a woman doesn’t want a baby, then she shouldn’t do unprotected that which makes them. Killing babies is NOT “birth control”.
While surfing the Internet last night, I ran across a video of a guy pretending to be an official signature gatherer for an official petition to repeal the 1st Amendment. His reasoning was that there is too much hate in the world and that too many people are saying vicious things about government and politicians. He told potential signers that repealing the 1st Amendment would cure those problems and facilitate a more kind and peaceful New World Order, and didn’t the person think that would be a good thing. It was utterly astounding how many functional illiterates signed the joke petition.
Obamacare is a nightmarish joke collectivist “solution” to real market phenomena. The simple fact is that no person has a moral “right” to own the labor of another person. That is called “slavery” NOT a “solution” to any recognizable problem. Government “freebies” (aka “stealing”) are a problem, not a solution.

John Wilkerson, you should be embarassed by your ignorance. Nothing in the Affordable Care Act gives money to women for abortions. It does give women access to birth control (you know something that protects you when you are doing what it takes to make babies) and cancer screenings. I get really irritated with people like you who want to impose your narrow minded, and uninformed ideology on all women. Bill Grant is right. This election is the time for all women to stand up and be heard. We will NOT stay barefoot and pregnant just so that a bunch of macho men can feel good about thinking with their little heads.

Claudette, before you climb up on your soapbox and start spewing liberal talking points, I suggest you read the comment your are responding to a little more carefully.  I see nothing in John’s comment that claims your ACA gives money to women for abortions.  Perhaps you could highlight that part for us??

Barbara, you must have been speed reading.

He said, ” Killing babies is NOT “birth control”.

He said it in the context of “Obamacare.”

Claudette, if you are such a good reader yourself why is it that you cannot figure out what my name is—or were you talking to someone else not part of this conversation?  An imaginary friend perhaps?
Back to John’s comment:  He started the paragraph including it with, “Regarding women’s healthcare…”  ObamacareTax is not even mentioned in that paragraph.  Tell us Claudette—“Read we much?”

My question is why would someone not support the 8 points mentioned in Bill Grant’s article along with the screenings provided since 2010?

Secondly, explain to me why health insurance should not be available to everyone with everyone sharing the cost rather than having me pay $25 for an aspirin at the hospital so as to help cover the cost of those who have NO insurance!

When I go to the hospital I get these arbitrary bills of enormous amounts that no one seems to be able to explain.
Why does that occur?  When I take my vehicle in for repair I can get an estimate for parts and labor.  There are sometimes unknowns but they are within limits.  The unknowns in the medical community may cost you your life for lack of insurance or cost you your way of living through a lifetime of debt.

Health reform?

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