If you’re a mainstream liberal-left Democrat you undoubtedly subscribe to the mantra that all Republicans (in addition to being white, male and overweight) are uniformly misogynists, merciless and are actively engaged in the well-publicized “war on women.” That’s true even if you can neither spell nor pronounce “misogynist” or know it’s meaning. No matter. When yelling slogans and enjoying the approval of the mindless mob, there’s no reason to think for yourself or form opinions which might conflict with what the politburo tells you to think. Besides – thinking has been identified as a dangerous activity and has (or soon will be) outlawed – so why waste your time on it when you could be painting picket signs.
There is certainly some evidence that, if taken out of context, would suggest that those who are Republicans (code name conservatives) might fit the definition which you have been taught in your local cell. After all, a lot of Republicans//conservatives (code name people who have a religious background) oppose abortion – and that, of course, is an assault on your “right to control your own body.” Granted, there are some in that conservative camp who feel indisposed to pay for your voluntary indiscretion resulting in the need for an abortion. Most would reluctantly agree to the procedure in the very rare cases where rape or incest is involved. But rehashing Roe v. Wade is not the thrust of this post.
So you’ve hitched your star to those who are really concerned for the well-being of Americans – the Democrats – and point to all the wonderful things that Obamacare contains. And there are some excellent features in the act.
It’s great that irrespective of pre-existing conditions, people will be able to get insurance. Of course, given the fact that people with life-threatening or chronic conditions will pay the exact same premium as someone of his or her age who is disease or drug free means that you and I will contribute to their health insurance directly by paying higher premiums on our own policies and indirectly through the inevitable tax increases that will be forthcoming from Washington to reimburse the insurers when they fail to make money on the policies they are being mandated to sell.
It’s great that there is now portability of insurance. If you lose your job you will be able to keep your current policy. Of course, you will be required to pay the full amount of the premium a portion of which your previous employer subsidized. It’s one of the benefits of having a job – something lost on approximately 13.6% of our populace who are unable or unwilling to find employment.
The main theory behind Obamacare is that in a nation that used to be as great as the United States it is unacceptable that thirty million of us should be without insurance. Apparently, those who are in that condition are less impressed with their precarious perch than those in the marbled halls of Washington since the latest polls indicate that three out of four or those uninsured mistrust Obamacare and do not plan on enrolling and a solid one quarter of them have never even heard of it – despite the hundreds of millions our government has spent on public relations to promote it.
We know from well-established studies that women, more than men, need health care and treatment. Part of that is because women are child bearers and have internal configurations that are more complicated than their male counterparts. In addition, women have a longer life expectancy than men which results in more medical attention for a longer period of time. Therefore, it is not hard to conclude that women will be more impacted by the provisions of Obamacare than men.
Since women live longer than men, the $600 Billion cut in Medicare funding written into the law to pay for other parts of the law hits women especially hard. One of those cuts will affect what are known as “home health services.” Perhaps you’re familiar with this if you’ve seen commercials advertising “companions” who might assist an elderly woman who needs someone to prepare meals, do some cleaning or simply provide companionship. There are 5.2 million elderly (the vast majority of whom are women) who will be losing insurance coverage for these services due to Obamacare. That’s a lot of people who either are going to have to move into a nursing home or will be left to their own resources.
Now I realize that five million is not a lot of people. After all, when that number lost their previous “crappy” insurance last year – the administration pooh poohed this as a “small number” so we shouldn’t really be too concerned about all these elderly people. That is unless one of them happens to be your aunt, your mother, your sister – or you. But there is hope.
Suddenly last Friday, el Presidente decided that those formerly “crappy” insurance policies were good enough so that people could keep them another two years. Personally, I took that as an act of beneficence – not to mention an astute political move, deferring all the forthcoming cancellations beyond the mid-term elections. (Shame on me for even thinking that there was a political motivation behind all this).
So ladies, if you’re lucky – you never know when Obama will whip out his pen and perhaps unilaterally change the law for the thirtieth time and restore the home health benefits that were dropped by the law and restore all the other cuts that were made to Medicare. That would go a long way to end the Obamacare war on women. And if you’re really fortunate, he may pick up his phone and call to let you know the good news.