California Rep: Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid “Debilitating To Women”


As the supercommittee continues to meet in order to decide what programs can and can’t be cut in an attempt to reign in the federal debt, one all too tempting target for Republicans is Medicaid, Medicare and the social safety net in general.  But Democrats are fighting back, noting that these cuts don’t just hurt the old, the poor and the sick but predominately hurt women and their children most of all.

California Democrat Rep. Mike Honda makes it clear that when Republicans cut services, especially services that provide reproductive health and preventative care such as birth control and STI testing, they are doing it at the expense of vulnerable women. “Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid will be debilitating to women and families who rely on these programs to afford preventive and reproductive health services. This is no time to gouge a gaping hole in social safety nets that protect these communities from falling into poverty and poor health….If Republicans were listening to their leaders, they would be proposing an expansion of this critical program, not attacking it. Title X funds provide an array of confidential preventive health services. In 2009 alone, Americans received 2.2 million Pap tests, more than 2.3 million breast exams and 6.9 million sexually transmitted disease tests. Title X saves taxpayers at least $3.4 billion in health care costs annually, according to Guttmacher Institute estimates.”

But do Republicans really want to save money in the federal budget, or simply continue on their witch hunt to attack women’s health care providers, especially Planned Parenthood?  As the new congressional inquiry into the group, which has already been repeatedly audited by the federal government, shows, there’s no issue with wasting taxpayer money if it could harm the nations largest provider of low income women’s health.

Even if it’s at the expense of those women.


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Geoffrey Y.
Geoffrey Y6 years ago

This title “Debilitating To Women” is kind of manipulation for people read title but no time in content - "good" & trained media "professional" = misleading.

Karen F.
karen Friedman6 years ago

The Repubtea Party want's to keep women in their place, the bedroom and the kitchen, and to hell with the freedoms thaty have gained over the years. They are the party of the white angry evengelicial male , who want dominance over all women, minorities,and anyone who does't agree or obey them and their mantra.

Lauren E.
Lauren E.6 years ago

i recently had a baby and, at the time, was using medicaid. i know first hand how poor the care is ALREADY at these medicaid clinics. i just really dont see where they could cut from the program, it seems pretty bare bones already. this is so unfortunate

ROLF P6 years ago

How about debilitating to ALL?

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton6 years ago

Nice to read a positive story, thanks for posting.

Ray M.
Ray M6 years ago

Right you are, Sen. Honda. Thanks and keep on fighting for our rights and freedoms the republicons are so deadset on destroying.

Marianne C.
Marianne C6 years ago

God bless Mike Honda. And long may he serve!

Let's just make the rich pay their share of taxes. Then Medicare and Medicaid, along with Social Security and every other social safety net program, will be fully funded.

Laurie D.
Laurie D6 years ago

Instead of Medicare of Medicaid cuts, let's cut Congressional paychecks... I imagine the budget could be balanced fairly quickly if they all got pay cuts!

Karen and Edwar O.
Karen and Ed O6 years ago

I appreciate Representative Honda"s assertion, but the trouble is, as I have said before, these Republicans do not care about the poor, the elderly and the ill. They are representing the people who think people should die if they don't have health insurance.
The only solution to these unfeeling monsters is to vote them out.

Maurice Simoens
Maurice Simoens6 years ago

dont allow cuts to medicare or healtcare,all people must have this rights,in europe it's nomal to have this,the only contribution is about 9 dollars a month to pay,why repb have problems with this who belong to the people