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Pres. Obama Declares National Women’s Health Week

Pres. Obama Declares National Women’s Health Week

Well, it’s only appropriate that since women’s health was the focus of a relentless legislative assault by Republicans that Democrats would offer up a week-long celebration to it.

President Obama declared May 13th through May 19th will now be known as National Women’s Health Week, a time to “celebrate the progress we have made in protecting women’s health and to promote awareness, prevention, and educational activities that improve the health of all women,” he said in a statement.

The effort combines two important needs for President Obama and Democrats as the 2012 election nears: the need to court female voters and the need to aggressively defend health care reform.

The President’s remarks strike that balance.

As President, I have made advancing gender equality in health care a top priority. Through the historic Affordable Care Act, we are reversing many of the worst abuses of the health insurance industry. Beginning in 2014, many insurers will no longer be allowed to charge women higher premiums simply because of their gender, and it will be illegal for most insurance companies to deny coverage to women because they have a pre-existing condition, including cancer or pregnancy. Health plans will also be required to cover maternity care. The law already enables women in new insurance plans to see any primary care provider or OB-GYN, or bring their children to any pediatrician in their health plan’s network without a referral, and it prevents most insurance companies from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.

While largely symbolic, the President’s remarks do show the stark difference facing women voters this fall. But unfortunately they also show that women’s health will remain a political issue for the foreseeable future. Republicans are not backing down on efforts to strip women of reproductive and economic rights and until they do we need all the awareness raising we can get.

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5:51PM PDT on May 17, 2012

Thank you President Obama.

3:50PM PDT on May 17, 2012

GO OBAMA! COME NOVEMBER THOSE OF US WITH THOUGHT PROCESS WILL REMEMBER!!!

2:06PM PDT on May 17, 2012

How about making a budget? DO NOT RE-ELECT OBAMA!

7:26AM PDT on May 17, 2012

Obama needs to learn to stop sucking up to women as he somehow truly believes that the smarter sect of the female sex , is somehow going to fall prey to this inane stupidity! If he really cared about women, then that would be ALL women including those in the womb. And he would stay out of gentlemen's clubs where he receives fellatio from old wrinkled wealthy white men! Yes, TIME mag rag got that partially right when they called him "The first Gay President" if he doing Michelle and has been with other women (Think woman who was ran out of town shortly after his taking office) then I guess the proper label for him, is Bi-sexual.

7:23AM PDT on May 17, 2012

For Steve R--who would wish to educate us on the plight of men's health in the US. The reason men die at a younger age than women: Men. They are unwilling to take charge of their own healthcare.

Effects of sex, age, and visits on receipt of preventive healthcare services: a secondary analysis of national data. by: Viera AJ, Thorpe JM, Garrett JM.

METHODS: We used nationally representative data to determine weighted percentages and adjusted odds ratios of men and women stratified by age group who received selected preventive services. The presence of interaction between sex and age group was tested using adjusted models and retested after adding number of visits.

RESULTS: Men were less likely than women to have received blood pressure screening (aOR 0.44;0.40-0.50), cholesterol screening (aOR 0.72;0.65-0.79), tobacco cessation counseling (aOR 0.66;0.55-0.78), and checkups (aOR 0.53;0.49-0.57). In younger age groups, men were particularly less likely than women to have received these services. In adjusted models, this observed interaction between sex and age group persisted only for blood pressure measurement (p = .016) and routine checkups (p

7:18AM PDT on May 17, 2012

David R--Since you're in favor of education re: the state of men's health, I'd like to share with you the primary cause of the discrepancy in men's longevity: Men. It seems they dislike seeking preventive care. The following study was published in 2006, and is freely available on PubMed--

Effects of sex, age, and visits on receipt of preventive healthcare services: a secondary analysis of national data.
Viera AJ, Thorpe JM, Garrett JM.

BACKGROUND: Sex and age may exert a combined influence on receipt of preventive services with differences due to number of ambulatory care visits.

METHODS: We used nationally representative data to determine weighted percentages and adjusted odds ratios of men and women stratified by age group who received selected preventive services. The presence of interaction between sex and age group was tested using adjusted models and retested after adding number of visits.

RESULTS: Men were less likely than women to have received blood pressure screening (aOR 0.44;0.40-0.50), cholesterol screening (aOR 0.72;0.65-0.79), tobacco cessation counseling (aOR 0.66;0.55-0.78), and checkups (aOR 0.53;0.49-0.57). In younger age groups, men were particularly less likely than women to have received these services. In adjusted models, this observed interaction between sex and age group persisted only for blood pressure measurement (p = .016) and routine checkups (p

3:45AM PDT on May 17, 2012

Thanks POTUS.

1:42AM PDT on May 17, 2012

Hey, stay the hell out of a woman's choice over her body. Let's start telling men what they can and can't do with THEIR bodies. Small government???? Stay out of the bedroom! You're all a bunch of hypocrite misogynists! As for Stem Cell research......the people who are against it wouldn't be if they needed it to save their life. Hypocrites. Hypocrites. Liars.

8:52PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Romney looks like one of the Stepford wives, don't'e?

4:43PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Uhh actually steve R, if you HAD checked you would have realized that abortions DO save womens lives as does contraception when you have a condition such as cysts that may become cancerous. Not only that but having an abortion can keep you from becoming sterile or having permanent damage as a result of a pregnancy with complications. But, since you are clearly a doctor you must already know this. *sigh* dumbass.

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