One of the most troubling things about this administration, and every other one before it, is that men are the ones making the decisions regarding women's healthcare. Right now, the committee of senators who are working to iron out the details of the bill that will "repeal and replace" Obamacare is ALL MALE. These are the people who are going to make decisions on whether or not women's healthcare services are provided and what exactly constitutes a pre-existing condition, and no women are represented. In the current form of the bill, irregular periods, C-sections, and pregnancy are all considered pre-existing conditions, giving insurance companies more ridiculous reasons to hike up the price of premiums. In addition, treatment for sexual assault is not covered in this bill, which would negatively affect millions of women.
Then, there's Planned Parenthood (PP), which the current administration wants to get rid of. Sure I'm biased, but PP really does great things. PP provides thousands of women each year with access to safe and affordable healthcare, not just abortions. I feel like Republicans overlook all of the benefits of keeping PP around just because they provide those who need them with abortions. However, in places where PP has closed (specifically in parts of Texas), the maternal mortality rate rose and as did the number of unsafe abortions. By getting rid of PP, Republicans would not be preventing abortions and saving lives, they would be doing the exact opposite, and they fail to recognize that. I know so many women who rely on PP for mammograms and testing and I feel so lucky because there are seven PP locations in Chicago. Women need access to safe and affordable healthcare services, and the current administration should not be preventing that.
What are your guys' thoughts on funding for PP and the new healthcare bill (Trumpcare or Ryancare? I really don't know what it's called, I've heard so many names for it...)?