Victory! Obamacare IS the Law of the Land
The Affordable Care Act (ACA)—also called “Obamacare”—IS the law of the land.
Last Friday, the leaders in the House of Representatives pulled the ACA repeal bill that would have stripped coverage from 24 million individuals—and we can appreciate knowing that women have the ACA’s protections, including:
- Access to affordable health coverage that has cut women’s uninsured rates by half from 19% to less than 8%, including access to health coverage for the 65 million women nationwide with pre-existing conditions.
- Coverage of maternity care;
- Protection against discrimination in the health care marketplace—including charging women more than men for health coverage (a practice called “gender-rating”)—which cost women $1 billion a year.
- No-cost access to preventive services for 55 million eligible women, including birth control and breastfeeding supports and supplies;
- Medicaid coverage—that provides healthcare to 8 million women, including 5.1 million women of color—particularly for those in Medicaid expansion states;
- Premium assistance, like tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies, that helps make coverage affordable;
- Access to trusted family planning providers, like Planned Parenthood;
- Guaranteed access to coverage even if you experience a gap in coverage.
The ACA not only helps to promote women’s health and well-being, it also supports their economic security, ensuring that they have access to affordable coverage that helps them to pursue educational and career goals. The great features of the ACA are worth celebrating!
The ACA truly changed the landscape of women’s health coverage. We must remain vigilant to preserve the gains in coverage and protections against discrimination included in the ACA!