If you don’t know about it already, you should. Anti-choice politicians are proposing a series of amendments to healthcare reform legislation in the eleventh hour before Congress leaves for a planned summer recess.
NARAL Pro-Choice America president Nancy Keenan was recently interviewed on what these amendments could mean to women’s health and access to healthcare coverage. When asked about who should be defining which services are covered under health insurance plans in the era of healthcare reform, Keenan states that NARAL (quite reasonably) supports an independent commission of experts:
We would advocate that experts make those determinations and those decisions, not politicians. And if you were to have a special committee, benefits as a broad discussion would be determined in that venue, versus in this kind of realm of politicians with their amendments trying to make determinations on their own. That’s the mistake we see when the politicians are trying to get involved versus experts making those decisions and determinations. …
I don’t think the issue of reproductive health care services should be treated differently from any other kind of benefit. It should all be treated under this umbrella of benefits by a professional committee. Don’t separate it out to begin with. And have the professionals determine what should be allowed, not necessarily the secretary of HHS.
The notion that politicians shouldn’t be making healthcare decisions may not come as a surprise — you may have thought for years that these choices are best left up to doctors and their patients. And why not?
Unfortunately, an independent commission of professionals giving their insight on the structure of our future healthcare system doesn’t exist yet. In their place, the congressmembers who are proposing anti-choice amendments to healthcare reform are working hard to push through a new plan that could actually take healthcare away from women who are already covered under employer plans!
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