7 Ways Trump Could Really Help Women’s Health

Mother’s Day 2017 is just in the rearview mirror, but it’s only the beginning of Women’s Health Week, a week focused on the special health risks that tend to frequently affect women.

And in honor of the event, President Donald Trump released a cookie-cutter press statement pledging his support for policies that would promote women’s health, all while panning Obamacare — the greatest advance in women’s healthcare in decades.

If President Trump truly wants to support women’s health, here are seven very simple ways to start.

1. Leave Obamacare alone.

Obamacare made prenatal care, maternity care, annual exams, sexual healthcare and birth control all mandatory parts of every insurance plan — and forbid insurers from charging women more for their policies. Now, Republicans want those protections gone, letting employers and states once again decide what should be included in insurance plans. The move may make pregnancy care an extra charge, make some forms of birth control an out-of-pocket cost and put a special premium on simply being female.

Less coverage means more illness. If Trump really cares about women’s health, he should keep Obamacare in place — or better yet, institute single-payer insurance.

2. End Hyde.

Abortion in the early stages of a pregnancy is far less of a physical health risk than giving birth, yet many people cannot access an early termination because it takes too long to gather the money they need to pay for the procedure. Ending the Hyde Amendment — the annual amendment to the budget that forbids any public insurance plan from covering an abortion — would allow terminations to occur early and more easily.

Doing away with this policy would reduce the complications that arise from abortions later in pregnancy, preventing women from putting their own health at risk.

3. Don’t force Medicaid recipients to job hunt right after birth.

Recovering from pregnancy and adjusting to a new baby is challenging for mothers. Yet Republicans are floating an idea that any woman using Medicaid as her insurance can have her coverage stripped if she is still unemployed 60 days after giving birth. America already has appalling maternity leave policies compared to other developed countries.

Making the mother of a newborn hunt for work is harmful to her and to the child she is trying to care for. And eight weeks is nowhere near enough time to establish a bond while finding a brand new job.

4. End cuts to TANF and SNAP.

Temporary Aid to Needy Families and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have barely had an inflation adjustment in decades, and the amount of aid that families receive to buy additional food has remained mostly unchanged. But food prices have skyrocketed over time — and the cost of healthy, nutritious food even more so.

Most SNAP and TANF benefits go to women, often those who are raising children on their own. And benefits mean a potentially healthier diet that can also minimize other health risks.

5. Don’t gut VAWA.

Women are far more often the victims of domestic or spousal abuse, sexual assault and other forms of violence. Yet the latest version of the Trump budget called to remove hundreds of millions of dollars from “outdated” Department of Justice programs. And conservatives have been gunning for Violence Against Women Act enforcement to be among the projects defunded.

Want to keep women healthy? How about giving them the tools to continue to prosecute those who physically and sexually assault them?

6. Get rid of the guns.

Speaking of violence against women, women are far more likely to die in a domestic dispute if a gun is involved. Access to firearms increases the risk of intimate partner homicide five times over instances where no weapons are involved — and almost half of all guns are sold without any background checks.

Want to improve women’s health? Get rid of the guns, or — at the very least — block those who have had any incidents of domestic violence or assault from being able to own one.

 7. Set a living minimum wage.

Two-thirds of the minimum wage earners in the U.S. are women, and without a living wage, they are unable to support themselves or their families. Many live in poverty, while others work multiple jobs leading to lack of sleep, high stress levels and poor health outcomes. Give women a living wage so they can work a reasonable number of hours, and you’ll see their overall health vastly improve.

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Margie F
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Carl R4 months ago


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Roberto M
Roberto M4 months ago

I cannot understand how Americans could have chosen Trump, he is a disaster

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Carl R4 months ago


Clare O
Clare O4 months ago

Yeah, get rid of the guns.

Jaime J
Jaime J4 months ago

Thank you