Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Women: Their Bodies, Their Health, & Their Votes

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida) also happens to be the Chair of the Democratic National Committee. And in addition to that, she's a committed mother and family woman. Oh yes, and she's a cancer survivor.

And she's not alone. Millions more Americans have been struggling to afford health care, and they've had to endure gruesome discrimination just because they have "pre-existing conditions". And yes, one of those "pre-existing conditions" was simply being a woman. Earlier this year, Nevada women arose to thank President Obama for making health care reform a reality and delivering more affordable and comprehensive health care for women across our state and our country.

Contrary to the lies and endless spin coming from the G-O-TEA, the Affordable Care Act is delivering real, quality, affordable health care for American women. Discrimination is no longer tolerated. Preventive care is now more accessible. Insurance is becoming more affordable. And yes, contraception is now covered.

Yet while President Obama has been working to move our country forward in developing better health care policy, Mitt Romney and his G-O-TEA have been working overtime to not only take away women's health care... But actually try to force them to follow their extreme "tea party" anti-woman ideology!

And of course, Dean Heller and Joe Heck have studiously followed Mitt Romney's and Paul Ryan's lead in attacking women's health care. Remember what Romney, Heller, and Heck have said and done.

The more Americans learn about the G-O-TEA's radical anti-woman agenda, the more they reject it. Maybe Heck's BFF Mitt Romney gets excited about attacking women's right to make their own health care decisions, but the vast majority of Nevadans are not. Just take a look at all the health care services that the G-O-TEA faction in Congress wants to deny to American women! Once Americans figure out what they actually mean when they wax poetic about "liberty", they turn off to the G-O-TEA ideal of giving employers "liberty" in denying preventive health care to women for whatever "religious" excuse they want to throw out.

And Joe Heck still wants to claim that "this has nothing to do with women's health issues"?

Nevada women don't want any more empty rhetoric. And they certainly don't appreciate the radical "tea party" War on Women that Romney, Ryan, Heller, and Heck all seem to revel in. Rather, they just want to see results on delivering quality, affordable health care. Perhaps G-O-TEA "culture warriors" like Joe Heck have to keep spewing out empty rhetoric because they really have nothing else to run on.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Americans like the ones featured above will see expanded access to low-cost and no-cost preventive care, no more limits on lifetime coverage, an end to discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, and (of course) more affordable health insurance. [...]

Perhaps this explains why Joe Heck is now claiming he just wants to "fix" health care reform instead of outright destroying it. However, Heck won't say that his bill largely has that same effect. The "onerous regulations and mandates" he complains about are the very provisions that are working to save Americans' lives. Oh, and by the way, those regulations and mandates that Joe Heck complains about help in cutting the federal budget deficit by $143 billion over the next ten years. If the ACA is repealed, not only are those savings erased, but the deficit actually INCREASES by $230 billion in the next ten years. [...]

And this is what Joe Heck and his BFF, Mitt Romney, don't understand. Perhaps they never have to worry about health care costs, but all the rest of us do. And all the rest of us would very much appreciate expanded access to the health care we need, along with immense savings that actually result in reducing the budget deficit.

As we've discussed before, there's no actual, legitimate policy or legal argument for repealing the Affordable Care Act that Republicans can make, at least if we're to believe they're actually interested in improving health care in this country. So why are they still pulling out this ridiculous "dog & pony show" threatening repeal of the ACA? Simple. They're playing raw politics, and they're hoping they can keep riling up uninformed voters with scary images of "OBAMACARE!!!" What scares the likes of Joe Heck the most is the most recent Pew poll suggesting that as more Americans become more aware of what's actually in "Obamacare", the more they like it.

This is why the Romney-Ryan-Heller-Heck G-O-TEA has to keep spewing lies about the Affordable Care Act. And this is why they fear what happens when more Americans hear stories like Debbie Wasserman Schultz's. Believe it or not, Obamacare works for Nevada's women.

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