Saturday, October 20, 2012
A LITTLE POLITICS!
If you read my blog yesterday, you know I’m going through a rough period with my IC and chronic UTI’s. As a result this made me feel strongly about writing on my blog about women’s medical health issues and how it relates to the present political landscape.
Are you a woman who is taking birth control and it’s currently covered by your health insurance? Are you now, or have you ever been, pregnant and had your insurance cover pre-natal testing and pre-natal sonograms? If so, I recommend that you understand what is at stake in this election. The Republican Congress is trying VERY hard to pass the Blunt Amendment (& Gov. Romney has said that he supports the amendment) that would make it legal for YOUR EMPLOYER to decide whether or not you are entitled to have your insurance pay for your birth control pills, these pre-natal tests and so much more! It also allows for an employer or insurance company to refuse coverage for many other screening tests, such as HPV screening. An individual could object to coverage of vaccines for children, so the plan could then not be required to do so. A man purchasing an insurance plan offered to women and men could object to maternity coverage, so the plan would not have to cover it. Do you seriously want your pre-natal care NOT to be covered by your health insurance because, if passed, this could become a very real situation!
This is an extremely radical amendment that would impact millions of women in this country. More than 99% of women aged 15–44 who have ever had sexual intercourse have used at least one contraceptive method; among women who are at risk of unintended pregnancy, 89% are currently using contraceptives. If this amendment were to pass, you would have to pay for all these things out of your own pocket and would no longer be covered by your health insurance.
We can’t even begin to understand how this could impact women with IC, endometriosis and other medical conditions women have to deal with every day. Many women with these problems are prescribed birth control to help control hormonal problems. Now imagine your insurance won’t cover this for you anymore; could you afford your treatment anymore?
Republicans want smaller government unless it involves coming into MY doctor’s office or bedroom! And remember who wrote this amendment - men! PLEASE, read up on the Amendment and get educated about it and remember this very important issue for women when going into the voting booth!
Women must stick together and support our rights to access to the type of healthcare WE and our doctors believe is necessary – NOT the federal government!