Pearlie posted an update 1 week, 5 days ago
The Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacard (the Affordable Care Act = ACA) are stunning in more ways than one. First, considering that the Republicans have had seven years to plan this legislation – the proposals they have drafted look like they scribbled them on a napkin; a real disappointment for seven years’ opportunity for legislative drafting. Second, the way they rushed the most recent proposal through the House – without hearings, without a Congressional Budget Office report (which I thought was a requirement), with hardly any debate and, it turned out, with hardly any Republican Member bothering to read the proposal which turned out to be twin of the previous proposal that died hideously only a few weeks earlier. Then, of course, the text of the proposed legislation itself.
It actually went to the trouble of listing the ailments that the insurance companies wouldn’t be expected to cover – the exact opposite of the ACA’s coverage. And the all-male committee that drafted this proposal certainly demonstrated its solicitude for women: Rape, domestic violence, and pregnancy are not covered, even if they occur well after the policy commences. Pregnancy is specifically described as a “pre-existing condition”. I have never pretended that biology is my strong suit, but I am definitely under the impression that pregnancy has a very limited duration and cannot be pre-existing beyond a certain ascertainable date. I could pretty much say the same for rape, and maybe even for domestic violence. But the House Republicans made clear what these (mostly female) issues mean to them.
The same all-male committee that left pregnancy out in the cold did decide that erectile disfunction was covered.
Pregnancy is not covered, Planned Parenthood is not funded, and, of course, abortion is not provided for. We are returning to the Bad Old Days, of no birth control, no prenatal care, and judging from Republican comments on other issues, no support for enhanced maternal leave, or for public support for day care for infants.