Let’s celebrate the win in the Affordable Care Act but be clear about how we characterize that win.
Reaction by women’s groups and promoters of health reform to this morning’s Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA( was swift and laudatory, though numerous leaders also pointed the gaps that remain to be filled.
Supporters of health reform are celebrating today as the Supreme Court voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act by considering the individual mandate as a tax, which people could choose not to pay and incur the penalties. In a split decision, the court did, however, find that states could opt out of Medicaid expansion requirements, a ruling that will have critical implications for millions of low-income women.
The Obama Administration is right to require insurance companies to cover contraception for public employees. The bishops are wrong to seek to use the government to limit the decision-making power of American women. And they are surely wrong to call what they are trying to do freedom.
A recently updated list of federally approved “evidence-based” teen pregnancy prevention programs has been causing a stir. Rather than blaming Obama for this, we’d all do better to recognize that it was the result of a fundamentally flawed system sorely in need of review and repair.
One of the most difficult things to do is tell a friend that we are disappointed or upset with them, but that is what we are doing here today.
Sadly, only about a quarter of the relevant agencies have developed scientific integrity policies as required under White House guidelines and publicly released them.
To the FDA, the evidence is clear: Plan B is safe for women of all ages. Yet in a dangerous precedent, the Secretary overturned the decision based on pseudo-scientific concerns about misuse among younger adolescents.
Dr. Susan Wood discusses the recent misuse of science and data as part of the decision by the Secretary of HHS to overrule the scientific determination by the FDA Commissioner on bringing Plan B fully over the counter.
We cannot let the Democrats, let our president, lose sight of what this decades-old debate about access to all forms of reproductive healthcare is really about; that is, for women to have any sort of autonomy and self-determination within our society.