REASON 11: Obama cares about women's health and he proved it.
Last October, I went to the gynecologist for my annual exam. I
brought my insurance card to prove I had some, and against my better
judgment, I harbored an optimism that after the co-pay they would
ask nothing more of me. This was misguided on my part, because
as long as I have had my own health insurance I have always had
to pay far more than the co-pay. I have what they call catastrophic
health insurance. What they tell me is in case of dire, limb-losing, head-
bashing, totally-unplanned-for bodily harm, I can go to the hospital, and
in addition, I can visit a cast of providers once or twice a year on their
terms, their terms being "we will decide on a case by case basis, the
basis of which we are not telling." Every time I go for a routine checkup
of any part of myself I receive a bill for two hundred dollars and a
printout telling me my insurance refused to cover it. Then I mutter dryly:
catastrophic health insurance.
So after this gyno exam in October, they of course sent a bill for the
entirety of the exam, and I again joined the inauspicious, heretofore-
truly-American ranks of those who fall and flail at the whim of insurance
I've been fortunate enough to have had resources to cover all that
my health insurance would not—albeit ferociously grudgingly and not
until they sent multiple collection notices. I know that for many, these
additional costs equal no exams, no follow-ups, no screenings, no
real health care in a nation that has the means and the moral duty to
provide for its people.
In March 2010, Barack Obama signed into law the Affordable Health Care
Act. Last June, the Supreme Court upheld the decision. Mitt Romney
has declared that if elected he will repeal the law because his politics
neither prioritize nor support the health and welfare of the common.
The Obama administration’s Affordable Health Care Act allows access
to care for millions of Americans who would otherwise be forced to
forego medical attention and upkeep because their financial straits do
not allow for such “luxuries.” Under this law, those with pre-existing
conditions can get coverage, young adults can stay on their parents'
plans longer, older Americans with Medicare can better afford their
prescriptions, and millions of women like myself will gain free access to
imperative services and treatment.
Friends, can you fathom: annual screenings and exams and access
to birth control and STI education and domestic violence counseling,
among other benefits—rightly provided free of charge for women
with existing health plans? Groundbreaking in a nation so fraught with
torrential battles for control over women's bodies and health, at the
same time so clearly overdue that the fact it is groundbreaking is an
alarm. More alarming still is we stand to lose all the coverage that has
been gained if we do not re-elect President Obama. I don't just mean
medical coverage, I mean the sense of security in knowing that our
president cares so much more about us than the man who would like to
take his job.
I'm voting for Barack Obama in November because I want the one who
had the humanity and vision and respect to help provide health care for
his country in a way no president has before. Please join me, for our
San Francisco, California