What We're Reading This Morning -- June 8
Good morning everyone and happy Friday! We know everyone’s looking forward to the weekend (we know we are), but before you head out of town and leave work make sure to check out what we’re reading this morning….
More than 20 million women have already received preventive care without co-pays, like lifesaving cancer screenings, as part of the Affordable Care Act. Where does the public stand on the law? “Nancy Pelosi: Health law represents 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness'” — “House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday defended the health care reform law, tying it to the promises written in the Declaration of Independence. The Affordable Care Act is ‘about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for the American people,’ Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill. She said it ‘unlocks’ them from a job to pursue happiness without the threat of losing their health insurance. Pelosi blamed the health care reform law’s poor public support on opponents who have misrepresented the legislation. ‘I’m very proud of the Affordable Care Act. I think the understanding of it has been jeopardized by misrepresentations that have been out there relentlessly,’ she told reporters when asked about Thursday’s CBS/New York Times poll.”
The Department of Health and Human Services is confident they will protect religious liberty while ensuring women receive the vital preventive care they need. “HHS: 'We will achieve our shared goals'”—“For too long, many Americans couldn't afford the preventive care they needed to stay healthy. The 2010 health care law ensures millions of Americans won't pay an extra penny out of their own pockets for preventive services such as vaccines for children, critical cancer screenings and wellness visits for many seniors. And women won't have to pay more for preventive services — including contraception — that the respected Institute of Medicine says are important to protecting their health. Virtually all American women use contraception at some point. And there's a large body of medical evidence illustrating it has significant benefits for women's health, as well as the health of their children. But birth control costs an average of $600 a year, which puts it out of reach for many women whose health plans don't cover it. That's why it's so important to ensure that, when women go to their health care provider or pharmacy, they have coverage for this preventive service, without a co-pay or deductible.”
Bad news in Louisiana as anti-women’s health governor, Bobby Jindal, signs a restrictive mandatory ultrasound bill into law. “Gov. Bobby Jindal signs new abortion restrictions into law” — “BATON ROUGE -- Gov. Bobby Jindal signed bills Thursday increasing the waiting time between a mandatory ultrasound and an abortion, requiring abortion providers to describe the results of that procedure to the woman and offer to let her hear the fetus' heartbeat and prohibiting anyone who is not a physician from performing abortions. The new restrictions add to requirements that are already considered some of the most stringent abortion regulations in the country, according to groups that support abortion rights. Most of the new restrictions were contained in Senate Bill 708 by Sharon Weston Broome, D-Baton Rouge. The bill introduces a new requirement that the heartbeat of the fetus be made audible during an examination unless the woman specifically opts out of that requirement. The bill also requires an ultrasound be performed 24 hours before an abortion rather than the two hours now in state law.”