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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Health law repeal would hurt women

Letter to the Editor

Before the Affordable Care Act,  women were discriminated against by insurance companies.  They paid up to 50 percent more for policies than men, even if the policy did not cover maternity care because she “might” cost more if she had complications.

There are more than 470,000 women and girls with private health care insurance in New Hampshire.  Because of the new law, in two years, insurance companies will no longer be able to discriminate against them.

About 208,000 New Hampshire women  have lifetime caps on their care, and just when they needed their insurance the most, they would be canceled. This will no longer be able to happen.

President Barack Obama’s accomplishments for women come in stark contrast to Mitt Romney and other Republicans, who want to put women back in the ’40s and ’50s, barefoot and pregnant with no means to care for the children they do give birth to.

Romney wants to get rid of Planned Parenthood, an organization that is the only support for many women who have no other insurance or recourse to needed female care.  

He recently embraced the Blunt amendment, which would take women’s most personal health decisions away from them and their doctor and put them in the hands of their employers.

Wellness benefits – like mammograms, pap smears, well-baby and child visits to doctors – are now covered as part of standard care.  Insurance companies want to take these benefits away so they can make more profit. 

Will all this go away if repealed?

Pat McCarthy