- Katie Anthony
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Let’s talk ACA, through the lens of women.
1. Why it’s a Women’s Issue? #PantsuitUniversity
Not that we needed a reminder, but the ACA has been a huge asset to women. This fact sheet from the National Women’s Law Center lays it out pretty clearly: the ACA enabled women of all backgrounds to get the health care they need, at the same price as men. Medical needs specific to women – maternity care, women’s preventative health screenings, and breast or cervical cancer treatment – were covered nearly universally.
Want to dig a little deeper? Check out this report from 2014 by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Spoiler alert: The ACA, while flawed, is a major step forward for the care of all women, and particularly women of color.
2. Where is the ACA Now? #PantsuitUniversity
Last night, the Senate approved a “budget reconciliation,” which is basically a green light to reexamine the ACA through the lens of government spending, and repeal some parts of it.
Now, the measure moves to the House, where our representatives will vote yes or no as soon as Friday. If it passes the house, then committees from both House and Senate will meet to create guidelines for the budget committee how to repeal parts of the ACA. Once that repeal is drafted, both houses can pass the measure with simple majority vote, and then it would go to DJT for signature. With both houses in the red zone, we will need some bipartisan support to stop this budget reconciliation from moving forward.
It’s important to know that this “budget reconciliation” will only repeal PARTS of the ACA, but not the entire bill – the parts the determine government spending and taxation. This NPR article does a great job of explaining more about the current state of the ACA.
3. So What Can We Do Now? 2 Things. #PantsuitUp #PantsuitLove
Step 1: Contact our Representatives and let them know that the ACA is important to us. ESPECIALLY those in our midst who are in Republican districts! Your voices matter so much today. You should have your representative’s phone number stored in your phone at this point, but if you don’t yet, go ahead and save it tonight after you leave your message.
Step 2: Step up and support community health clinics. For your reference, a women’s community clinic in San Francisco made the following estimates for their donors:
$25 buys a safer sex kit for 1 woman
$50 – hygiene supplies for 2 homeless women
$100 – birth control counseling for 1 woman
$250 – Cancer screening for 1 woman OR Well-woman exam for 1 woman
$500 – Health education workshop for 15+ girls
Planned Parenthood, with its commitment to judgment-free, available, and ethical women’s health care, is a huge ally (and also a huge target for conservative attack.)
Neighborcare is another amazing org in Seattle – they treat about 65,000 uninsured people a year (that’s basically the population of Olympia.) They also have a midwifery program, Women Infants and Children Nutrition Program, and a number of school-based health centers where they offer judgment-free health care to students, before and after school, regardless of ability to pay.
The Olympia Free Clinic provides women’s reproductive health care, mental health services, and more, free of charge to underinsured or uninsured people.
The Bellingham Unity Care NW Clinic offers medical, dental, mental health, and chronic illness management (including diabetes and HIV/AIDS care.)
All you have to do is search your city + free clinic and you’ll come up with places that will surely see an increase in their patient demands in the coming months.
Where did you donate tonight? Comment and let us know!
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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