Posts Tagged health care reform

Breaking: Michele Bachmann is now pro-choice

JK! She still thinks abortion should be illegal under all circumstances–even in cases of rape, incest, and threats to a woman’s health. She just really hates Obamacare:

The irony hurts.

Transcript after the jump.

JK! She still thinks abortion should be illegal under all circumstances–even in cases of rape, incest, and threats to a woman’s health. She just really hates Obamacare:

The irony hurts.

Transcript after the jump.

Hey, Gov. Nikki Haley, wanna bet?

As Samhita mentioned, yesterday on The View, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley claimed that “women don’t care about contraception.” She went on to clarify that she just doesn’t want the government dictating when we can and can’t use it. Which is a little bit like opposing that law that says you have to eat broccoli.

Via ThinkProgress
:

HALEY: Women don’t care about contraception, they care about jobs and the economy and raising their families and all those other things–

BEHAR: Well, they care about contraception too.

HALEY: But, that’s not the only thing they care about. The media wants to talk about contraception.

BEHAR: But when someone like Rick Santorum says he’s going to take it away, we care. [Applause]

HALEY: ...

As Samhita mentioned, yesterday on The View, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley claimed that “women don’t care about contraception.” She went on to clarify that she just doesn’t want the government dictating when we can ...

Reminder: Health care reform is good for women

On the second day of Supreme Court hearings on the health care reform law, which is now apparently officially known as Obamacare, things are not looking good for people who believe everyone deserves health care. Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said, “This was a train wreck for the Obama administration. This law looks like it’s going to be struck down.” So now might be a good time to offer a reminder of some of the pretty nice things the law does. Via Mother Jones here’s one:

On the second day of Supreme Court hearings on the health care reform law, which is now apparently officially known as Obamacare, things are not looking good for people who believe everyone deserves health care.

Religious attack on no co-pay birth control coverage defeated

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that it will not allow an expanded religious exemption to the requirement for no co-pay birth control coverage that HHS ruled on in August. The administration’s exemption for insurance plans provided by houses of worship will remain in place. Conservative religious groups, including the influential US Conference of Catholic Bishops, wanted religiously affiliated groups like hospitals and universities to be able to opt out of covering birth control as well.

This is an important victory in the long battle to expand access to contraception. Religiously affiliated groups will have just one additional year to comply with the new rule – other groups will have to start offering no ...

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that it will not allow an expanded religious exemption to the requirement for no co-pay birth control coverage that HHS ruled on in August. The ...

Tell President Obama not to cave to the Catholic Bishops on birth control coverage

I’ve written ranted before about the US. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ campaign against no-cost birth control coverage. According to Jodi Jacobson, the Obama administration might actually give in to their demands. Last week, Archbishop Dolan meet privately with President Obama and came away feeling pretty darn good about it.

Jodi reminds us just how absurd this is:

What the Bishops really want is to strong-arm government into imposing restrictions on people’s choices and lives that they can’t even get Catholics to follow. They want to be able to receive federal funding, federal grants and contracts, get tax breaks and special treatment over other groups for building Catholic hospitals, maintain tax-exempt status while flouting lobbying rules, and play the victim ...

I’ve written ranted before about the US. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ campaign against no-cost birth control coverage. According to Jodi Jacobson, the Obama administration might actually give in to their demands. Last week, Archbishop Dolan meet ...

Breaking: Supreme Court to hear challenge to health care law

The Supreme Court has announced it will hear a challenge to the health care reform law passed on 2010. Challenges to the law’s constitutionality appeared immediately after the bill was signed. The Obama administration apparently urged the court to take up this case in an attempt to settle the constitutionality question. Oral arguments could be heard by March and there should be a decision in late June.

The court is only hearing one of three appeals, this one from the 11th Circuit Court in Atlanta. That court was the only one to strike down the “individual mandate” requiring people have health care coverage. However, the court separated out the mandate, letting the rest of the law stand. The Supreme ...

The Supreme Court has announced it will hear a challenge to the health care reform law passed on 2010. Challenges to the law’s constitutionality appeared immediately after the bill was signed. The Obama administration apparently urged ...

Breaking: IOM recommends free birth control under health care reform law

Since the health care reform bill passed, we’ve been waiting to see what services the law would require health insurance companies cover as “preventive care.” Anything considered preventive care would have to covered without any extra cost or co-pays to the individual.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) was asked to make a recommendation to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in regards to what should be considered preventive care, and today the news that they are recommending that birth control and contraception be covered as preventive care. According to The Hill:

The IOM said “the full range of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling” should be covered for “all ...

Since the health care reform bill passed, we’ve been waiting to see what services the law would require health insurance companies cover as “preventive care.” Anything considered preventive care would have to covered without any extra cost ...

Why HHS collecting LGBT health data is a big fucking deal

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) announcement yesterday that they plan to begin including sexual orientation and gender identity in health data collection probably doesn’t sound that exciting unless you’re a total data nerd. But it’s actually a really big fucking deal.

The Affordable Care Act (health care reform) gave HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discretion in collecting data about health disparities. Under the new plan, “HHS will integrate questions on sexual orientation into national data collection efforts by 2013 and begin a process to collect information on gender identity.”

There is a lack of data on LGBT folks, who we do know face disparities in health and access to health services. Without federal health data, it’s practically ...

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) announcement yesterday that they plan to begin including sexual orientation and gender identity in health data collection probably doesn’t sound that exciting unless you’re a total data nerd. ...

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