Women's health depends on a Mitt Romney victory
Well, it seems the President Barack Obama (D) re election plea for women to "vote as if your lady parts depend on it...because they kinda do" was accurate. But not the way he meant it. Because those women--and men--who care about lady parts will discover that if Obama is re elected his namesake Obamacare is not concerned about those gender specific parts as Dr. Scott Gottlieb explains in the New York Post.
Now that Obamacare has passed, we've begun to see what's in it. And what is in it is not good for women's lady parts. According to Gottlieb, the Preventive Services Task Force will make decisions as what health insurance should cover. And will not cover.
Problem is, what the board deems essential is often out of sync with patient preferences, conventional medical practice and even experts like the Centers for Disease Control - which has clashed with the Preventive Services Task Force over recommendations like screening for HIV and hepatitis C.
What health benefits are likely to be nixed from insurance coverage? Well, look at all of the things that the Task Force doesn't recommend, and therefore won't be mandated under ObamaCare. Dozens of screening tests and treatments that directly benefit women are likely to be dropped from any coverage.
Here's a sampling of what the Preventive Services Task Force dings: chlamydia screening in most women over 25; cervical-cancer screening in those over 65; breast-cancer screening using digital mammography or MRI instead of the traditional plain film.
Screening for ovarian cancer and the genes that raise a women's risk of breast cancer also don't make the cut. Same for clinical breast exams in women older than 40.
Even having a doctor teach women how to do a breast self-exam is unlikely to be covered, since the task force says women are rarely the ones to find their breast cancers.
So helpless, uneducated women like Sandra Fluke can get coverage for free contraception because that is so difficult, so expensive for them; women over 40, no matter their situation, can easily afford to pay for their own clinical lady parts breast exams according to Obamacare's reasoning.
And political expediency. As Gottlieb concludes "Women, like all of us under the thumb of ObamaCare, risk losing far more than they'll gain."
In other words, for those worried about the well being of lady parts, a vote for Mitt Romney (R) will ease those concerns.