Politico reports that Republicans are busily hatching a plan to try and gut the Affordable Care Act should the Supreme Court ultimately uphold its constitutionality. Given that the GOP has made it clear it has no interest in providing policy solutions that serve women and their health care needs, it’s a good time to remember just how much women gained with passage of the ACA.
Right now the law allows millions of women to get preventative services like mammograms and colonoscopies without a co-pay, and it also prevents insurance companies from dropping anyone’s coverage simply because they are sick. When other provisions of the law kick in later this year millions more women will have access to well-woman exams and birth control without a co-pay. All health plans will have to include maternity care. Once the law is fully implemented, insurance companies won’t be able to charge women higher premiums than men.
With all these benefits on the line, it’s no wonder women are speaking up to let Congress know we will not be denied access to critical health care services.