What women are saying about healthcare overhaul

March 22, 2010 | NeW Staff

Late last night, the US House voted to pass the landmark bill that will allow for government takeover and control of healthcare.  It will nationalize nearly one-sixth of the US economy.  The House passed the bill in the midst of heated debate, much opposition, and great controversy.  Opponents gathered outside of the Capitol steps to protest the passage of government-run health care.  Meanwhile, Congressman Bart Stupak met with the White House and came to a deal over the federal funding of abortion to secure his vote.  Stupak voted yes in exchange for the promise of President Obama to issue an executive order that would not allow for federal funding of abortions.  Lawmakers debated for hours over the constitutionality of the bill, but the ultimate decision came in the 219-212 vote for the bill.

What are the reactions of Americans today?  Specifically, what are women saying and how does this affect them?

Some are celebrating the accomplishment of a woman to achieve this landmark legislation.  An article in The Daily Beast highlights Nancy Pelosi as the chief victor of the bill’s passage. 

Meanwhile, the Susan B. Anthony List has “stripped Bart Stupak of ‘Defender of Life’ Award” in response to his controversial compromise with the White House to vote yes for healthcare. 

Feministing is declaring this a “partial” victory, arguing the executive order Obama has promised to sign as restrictive of women’s rights.

Author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Women, Sex, and Feminism, Carrie Lukas, wrote on the Inkwell Blog this morning that she believes this legislation is only the “beginning of push back against government control of our health care system.”

As for me, I’m deeply concerned for the future of liberty, the free market, and healthcare in this country. As a firm believer in the Constitution, this bill does so much to take away the freedom the founders were so careful to protect.  As a daughter of a physician, I’ve learned firsthand how this bill will dramatically hurt the quality of care we receive in this country.  
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