By NeW Intern Nicole
Hi everyone, sorry for skipping last week. We took a quick break for the Conference, but are back on schedule today! And now, on to the review of Liberty if No War on Women.
Obamacare. A few people I know who absolutely love it are: the man himself, Nancy Pelosi, the Subaru drivers with the “I © Obamacare” bumper stickers, and the socialist in my politics class.
Obamacare did, however, provide some joy for me. I was fortunate enough to get my picture taken beside the Red Tape Tower at CPAC in March, which I posted on Facebook and received a whopping 52 likes!
Both Democrats and Republicans do not support it. The Kaiser Family Foundation published at the beginning of March that support for Obamacare among Democrats dropped 15 points since the November 2012 election, dipping approval ratings to 36 percent.
While our health care system needs work, this new health care law is far more devastating to women’s success. The increasing government regulation on the system is at the forefront of the issue. Lukas and Schaeffer extrapolate on how Obamacare will cause health care costs to rise, encourage companies to end current coverage, discourage medical innovation, raise taxes on citizens and businesses, add to the government debt, and discourage young people from entering the medical profession.
Lukas and Schaeffer point out all of the goals that we want our health care system to meet:
access to quality medical care, allows patients in consultation with doctors to decide on a course of treatment, is affordable and accessible for all Americans, and encourages the continued development of new life-enhancing treatment and cures (57).
Unfortunately for the American people, our one-size-fits-all model (AKA Obamacare) fails to meet any of those goals.
This denser section includes a discussion about “free” contraception coverage. What some Americans have trouble understanding is that
nothing—and certainly not birth control pills—is free (52).
The cost of this birth control is offset by insurance premiums. The more regulations, the more our insurance will cost.
The “free” contraception coverage is not the only issue that causes uproar among conservative women.
Much of the discussion about this mandate has entered on the moral issues surrounding the practices covered under the mandate (51).
Should a Catholic be forced to pay for other women’s birth control if it is against their deeply rooted morals? Should a product of this nature be “free” and covered by health insurance if sex is not necessary for an individual to live?
Getting pregnant is a choice; it is something that you can prevent easily with abstinence. Is pregnancy a disease? Why then is it covered by health insurance? “Free” contraception hurt all women and all men economically. If you cannot afford birth control yourself, should you be participating in risky behavior? Why have the American people lost their sense of personal responsibility?
We are now half way done with Liberty is No War on Women. Next week’s reading talks about how government overspending and public unions hurt women’s success. I hope everyone is enjoying the book thus far!