If The Affordable Care Act Is Overturned, Women Lose

In 2010, Republicans swept the midterm elections on a vow to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, a series of insurance reforms designed to decrease the number of uninsured and underinsured Americans.  Heading into the 2012 election, they are still clamoring for repeal, but have yet to come up with their own plan that would replace it.

With the Supreme Court deciding on the constitutionality of the ACA, and Republicans promising its total elimination, Americans — and especially women –  are forced to take a serious look at what could happen if the law is overturned.  And for women, the prospects are grim.

The Center for American Progress released a new report that outlines exactly what gains were made for women thanks to health care reform, and how much women would suffer if the Affordable Care Act were repealed.

Their findings? “[M]ore than 45 million women have already taken advantage of recommended preventive services, including mammograms, pap smears, prenatal care, well-baby care, and well-child care with no cost sharing such as co-pays and deductibles. Starting this August, millions more will be able to obtain contraception, annual well-woman care (a visit with a gynecologist), screening for gestational diabetes, breastfeeding counseling and supplies, and screening for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and the Human papillomavirus—again at no extra cost. In addition, women will no longer encounter discrimination in the health insurance market in the form of lost maternity coverage, higher premiums due to their gender, and denials of coverage for gender-related pre-existing conditions. Indeed, close to 9 million women will gain coverage for maternity care in the individual market starting in 2014. And provisions in the new health law that protect everyone will especially benefit women, who utilize the health care system the most.”

Once more, we would be returned to an era where simply being female means paying a higher cost for insurance, where you are denied affordable maternity coverage — at the same time that Republican legislators want to take away your access to affordable birth control — and where losing your job would mean losing any ability to take care of your own health without bankrupting yourself.

And the Republican party is cheering it on.

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Stanley Rampersad
Stanley Balgobin4 years ago

If it is overturned WE all lose except the 1% Super-rich, Corporate vultures, Wall street crooks, CEO parasites, Bank vampires. The poor, the elderly, children, working wage earners will all lose. If GOP Rmoney/Ryan elected the aforementioned could lose their lives.

Anne H.
Anne H.4 years ago

This is the link to a system that a developing nation put in place: http://www.philhealth.gov.ph/ It kind of makes you wonder why the USA can't step up to the plate when so other nations (obviously aside from the one above) have managed to make this happen.

Frances C.
Frances C.4 years ago

Obama + Biden 2012! Democrats 2012! For the sake of the Country.

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson4 years ago

We need to stop treating illegel alians. Our heath care cost would DROP! More for Americans. DO NOT RE-ELECT OBAMA!

Diana Bair
Diana Bair4 years ago


Andrea MacDonald
Andrea MacDonald4 years ago

Ron B. The Republicans would all be happy if all of us Democrats just died off. They could care less about people. It's so obvious with the budget they are trying to push through. I think their credo is "survival of the fittest" and "let them die".

Frances C.
Frances C.4 years ago

J.C.H. Excellent post, you made some great points for anyone who has an open mind, and is interested in facts. Lumping auto insurance and health insurance together is just plain silly. Every person does not have a car or must have a car. Every person has a body that is subject to all manor of illnesses, and accidents, and every person will need health care at some point in their life. If they don't choose to buy health insurance then the rest of us pay for their care in a very expensive way.

Now if a person buys a car on credit they must purchase auto insurance. If they pay cash they are still required to purchase insurance. If they don't purchase it and have an accident they are criminally liable.

If the Affordable Health Care Act is overturned we all lose.

J.C. H.
Jc Honeycutt4 years ago

John H.--

If you don't have a body, it's unlikely the government would require you to buy health insurance: although even if you're just a talking head, that head might need health care from time to time. The reason for requiring participation in a national health plan is essentially the same as the reason for requiring auto insurance--to make coverage affordable via broadly shared risk. God forbid that our government should require us to do anything--vaccinate our children, send them to school, accept funds to pave our roads, receive some income when we lose our jobs, register prior to voting, show we're not dangerously mentally ill in order to buy a handgun, have a trial prior to executing someone or being executed....unless you live in a compound in Idaho, you're already doing many things--and receiving significant benefits--due to government requirements (or, as we call them, laws). This is what it means to be a CITIZEN--acknowledging that your rights and responsibilities are shared with others and giving them the same respect you want for yourself. I frankly don't understand why some folks find this so difficult to grasp: it's a concept that's been around for millennia, but far too many still don't get it.

Frances C.
Frances C.4 years ago

My brother also a lifelong Republican left the party of No. The final straw for him was the intrusion of the tea party Republicans into women's private decisions. Telling women they can't have the choice for a needed abortion was too much interference by the government. He became a libertarian. I am still a Democrat, we both are for complete equal rights for women, and their right to make their own decisions.

Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran4 years ago