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

oh boy is america fucked beyond belief

Anonymous

If only everyone could take care and live their lives, without forcing our opinions onto everyone else? Yes, taxes are paid while we work, I don't think there is a check sent out to less fortunate people the minute your taxes are paid, billions upon billions of U.S. dollars go all over the world, before Americans are even considered! Can we all just get along and stop being selfish! Like, pull it in, make it about yourselves inward!

Anonymous

Wrong!! The majority of white women did NOT VOTE FOR Trump!!!!!!

Anonymous

I can't believe all of the hatred on here. Disgusting.

Anonymous

Men are charged more than women for auto insurance and life insurance (in most states).

I've NEVER heard politicians even talk about that.

Why do they only care about women and not men?

Understand that --- women used to be charged more than men based on RISK and COST ---- with pregnancy issues and more frequent doctor visits.........it wasn't that they were like "we hate women so let's discriminate against them." Insurance is a business.

I'm all for equality, but if we are to outlaw gender-based insurance discrimination, do it for men too.

The standard ought to be uniform across all insurance industries; health, auto, life, etc.

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.

AnonymousOne

Ya know, I was having a pretty good day until I saw the hateful comments from this misogynous sociopath TROLL that spewing IT's hatred agenda on....of all things the ACLU comments board. Yeah that's right, I recognize you ONLY as an IT, not a Person. By all means Google "misogynous" and "sociopath". YOU are the only truly selfish person here. Get some help, clear off this forum, and Pray you have a PERFECT life and never have a layoff, economic crash, hurricane, house fire, car or work accident, cancer diagnostic, or any one of a thousand serious medical diagnostics. WE bleed red blood, what do you bleed? Acid? Or is it oil? Because you are a machine? And will live forever?
By the way. I mean it when I say you need tlo get help, Social Security Disability recognizes your condition as a Disability, they know it as "Antisocial Personality Disorder" the definition defines your behavior perfectly; check it out http://www.ssdrc.com/ssd-antisocial.html
Get help. You will go further in Life. Get Help. Or not. But for your sake, I tell you now, that your attitude is only going to get worse as you get older, I have seen it in people I have known, much trouble, many many related Physical Health problems. Soooooo take care of yourself, grow up, quit your snarky Trolling of the ACLU, in short LEAVE, and if you really want people to care about what you are saying, well find a Hateful forum, and vomit there. Please. I apologize for calling you an IT. You are a person, a spoiled infant, sheltered somehow with no experience of the Greater Outer world. Perhaps not your fault. I would suggest if nothing else; take some College courses in Economics, Economic Socio History and...Ethics. Watch some TED Talks Videos on the subjects, that way your posts could be fact based and informed. You want to earn some respect on this or any other forum, make sure your posts are fact based, educated posts...Not Fiction!
There I'm done. Nuff said.

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