The 'Health Care' Bill the House Just Passed Makes Being a Woman a Pre-Existing Condition

On October 7, 2016, when the Hollywood Access tape was released featuring the man who is now our president bragging about grabbing women by the pussy, Donald Trump dismissed it as “locker room banter,” and claimed it was no reflection of how he actually felt about women.

"I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” he said following the release. “I've said things that, frankly, you hear these things I said. And I was embarrassed by it. But I have tremendous respect for women. And women have respect for me.”

A great many people gave Trump the benefit of doubt — indeed the majority of white women voted for him. But yesterday, by signing an executive order purported to protect religious liberty and working to revoke part of the Affordable Care Act with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the president made it exceedingly clear that his administration does not respect women.

The right to decide when and whether to have a family is fundamental to women’s equality in the workforce and society. Birth control and the right to abortion enable women to plan whether and when to have children, to pursue education and careers. This is how we are empowered to lead full and healthy lives.

We cannot go quietly back to the 1950s.

Yesterday’s executive order on religious exemptions signaled to employers that the government may say that if they object to birth control on religious grounds, they can deny contraceptive coverage as part of the healthcare plans for employees. This, coupled with the House’s repeal of part of the Affordable Care Act, could simultaneously limit women’s access to contraception and abortion, forcing many women into motherhood against their will.

If this sounds like a bad idea, wait, because it gets worse. In addition to taking away access to birth control coverage and potentially forcing women to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term, Trump’s proposed health care bill would then further punish women by allowing insurance companies to deny maternity and newborn care in their insurance plans.

That’s right. Trumpcare, combined with his executive order, could make it okay to deny women contraception coverage, abortion coverage, maternity coverage, and newborn care coverage.

Yes, it sounds like a misogynistic plot from the Handmaid’s Tale. But wait, it gets crueler. It turns out Trumpcare essentially makes being a woman a pre-existing condition.

The bill allows states to waive protections for pre-existing conditions and allow insurers to charge people with pre-existing conditions more for their coverage. These could include pregnancy, C-sections, breast cancer and even treatment for domestic violence and sexual assault. (This is particularly rich, considering this president doesn’t believe grabbing a woman by the genitals is sexual assault.)

And just when you thought the Trump administration had reached the apex of cruelty, there’s more.

Another provision of the new healthcare bill would require new moms to find a job within 60 days of having a baby or lose their health insurance. (The bill makes an exception for mothers if their child has a disability or they’re an only parent or they care for a child under the age of 6.) Sixty days after giving birth, most new mothers are still adjusting, may still need time to recover from childbirth, and may even face health challenges.

We simply can’t allow this to happen. So women, to the millions of you who turned out in pussy hats to protest the day after the inauguration, contact your senators. The House passed the bill, but the Senate can kill it or fix it. So tell your senator to vote against Trumpcare.

We cannot go quietly back to the 1950s.

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Anonymous

So, you've adopted 3-5 children, right?

Andrew D

I'm guessing you're being sarcastic, but here's a serious reply...

Parent's are raising the future productive citizens of our society. Helping them helps the children have a good start in life, which is the foundation for our future. In this specific example, if a mother loses health insurance that probably means a less healthy mother (or even one that dies young), leaving the child with less care than she/he would get from a healthy parent.

Is that the kind of society we want? It's our choice.

Anonymous

Those "baby makers" are producing the generation that will pay for your social security payment.

Enjoy your retirement! =D

Anonymous

you deserve to die

Anonymous

You are a disgrace to human kind. May god bring down his wrath on these aweful human beings (if you can call them that) that have no respect for the hardships of others. Hopefully they have not procreated because I would hate for any child to be brought up by someone so disgusting, hateful, that lacks any sort of compassion.

Just a Nurse

Those babies could be the ones wiping your buttocks and feeding when you have a stroke or heart attack...or advanced dementia.
Who would you rather have taking care if you? An uneducated person who is just trying to make a buck (perhaps very desperate to pay their bills) or a skilled professional who doesn't worry about medical bills, knows how to prevent bed sores, skin tears, and aspiration. We need certain programs to remain funded to have this kind of workforce. It gives people, men and women, a chance to get past this "entry level" position and become our neuroscientists,cardiologists, oncologists, etc. It also makes them taxpayers.

Anonymous

"Get jobs with benefits hippies" Well this person hasn't read the healthcare bill! The bill states that employers DO NOT Have to offer group ins! Fool! "Make those baby makers go back to work. We have enough unwanted/unplanned kids in this country." I'll explain your stupidity too. It wasn't so long ago that there were no laws to protect pregnant women on the job. If an employer didn't want a pregnant woman at work, he or she could fire her. If a woman wanted to come back to work after delivering her child, there was no guarantee the job would still be there for her. I am a well educated, career oriented person, I have a equal co worker that needed that extra time off after a very difficult birth, married, 3rd child, so not a poor, welfare, young girl, with no father, giving birth to an unwanted baby that should be given up for adoption! She needed dr orders to get 10 weeks vs the 8 the company gave. She returned but was admitted to the hospital shortly after due to complications. Yes I know women used to have a baby then return to fields, my grandmother had 8 in this manner. But the morbid truth is many died doing this. In the United States today, about 15 women die in pregnancy or childbirth per 100,000 live births. That's way too many, but a century ago it was more than 600 women per 100,000 births. We've come a long way and I intend on fighting for the continuation of women's health! It would be my guess you are a man who has never experienced the both wonderful yet exhausting difficulty of pregnancy and childbirth.

Anonymous

OH Senator Rob Portman so far has voted Party over People for everything. I have zero confidence that contacting him would do one bit of good. He has failed his country & the people in Ohio.

Traditional Roles

Will the fathers be given 60 days off with insurance? If not why? Aren't all people equal? True a man doesn't push a baby out, but doesn't the baby need a father too? Is it about the baby or the mother. I don't care, go back to work! You're gonna hand the kid off to daycare and then the public school system anyway.

Anonymous

Wow, you are a piece of shit.

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