Trump’s Health Care VS. Women
Before 2010, being a woman certainly was an inconvenience when it came to insurance plans. Sadly, women often had to pay more than men for the same coverage. Only 12 percent of individual market plans covered maternity care, and it was completely legal for insurance companies to refuse coverage to women who were pregnant or might become pregnant in the future.
One of the most admirable aspects of the Affordable Care Act was the fact that it no longer made being a woman a pre-existing condition. President Obama’s law created a list of ten essential health benefits that all plans on the marketplace had to cover. Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care were on that list.
Sadly, our current chief in power, Trump, wants to terminate this benefit. On Tuesday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer blatantly pointed out that maternity care is a reason that insurance costs are so high and said it was unfairly burdening men and older people who do not need such services.
“Sean Spicer’s comments illustrate how dangerous it is to allow people to propose health policy for this country when they don’t understand how insurance works and apparently don’t believe in ending discrimination against women,” said Gretchen Borchelt, vice president for reproductive right and health at the National Women’s Law Center.
Removing the maternity care requirement would return the health care system to a time when women faced a high price simply because of their gender. This will only further the dividing of our country and will cause a lack of respect towards our own Mothers, daughter, sisters, and so on. There are essential basic services in health care that should be available to everyone, including children. Let’s hope for the best and that we move forward and provide all of human beings with the basic needs of living a healthy life.