Obamacare Proves Women Matter - And Response (3)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

With “Obamacare,” screenings for women’s health are now included in our insurance coverage, without additional charges. The very act of making screenings included was a statement for their importance, a statement that reminded me of how excruciating it is to lose someone you love, especially when their death could have been avoided with early detection.   

This past December marked the 22nd year since my grandmother died from cervical cancer. In remembrance of her and in gratitude for the “Obamacare” reforms, I scheduled my recommended screenings and encouraged many other women to do so, as well. With these preventive screenings, fewer families will go through what mine did all those years ago. 

The most important statement made by the provisions of “Obamacare” is that women matter, that our quality of life matters, and that we are all worth the hard work it took to stare down the real “death panels” within the insurance industry and the years it took to pass this particular legislation. With better coverage, our mothers and grandmothers will be with us on many more Christmases. Soon enough, “Obamacare” will be understood to be the most important pieces of legislation ever passed in Congress.    

Angelia Stinnett

Hixson 

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In reading Angelia Stinnet's letter about Obamacare and women I am reminded of the old adage that, "everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts." According to the CDC's research about life expectancy in 2009, the average life expectancy of a white female like Angelia was 81.2 years and for a black female it was 77.6 years. For a white male it was 76.4 years and a black male 71.1 years. So Angelia the next time you meet a black male on the street take a good look at him since there is a good chance you will live 10 years longer than he does. 

Based on the facts from the CDC it would appear that if any one demographic group should matter it is the population of black males. But I guess for the Democrats it makes more political sense to continue their war on women non-sense so the Obama myrmidons will have something to write in to publications about. 

The only "Death panel" I am aware of is the,"Independent Patient Advisory Board," a part of Obamacare that even Democrat Howard Dean has called, "essentially a healthcare rationing board, " in an editorial column in the Wall Street Journal last summer. Also surprise, surprise, four vulnerable Democrats this November I have also called for it's repeal, although all four voted for it. Remember as Nancy Pelosi said, "we have to pass it to find out what is in it." 

Douglas Jones
Ooltewah 

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I'm a graduate of Chattanooga State Community College. I have my associates in Political Science. I'm a previous student of American University in Washington, DC. I'm currently working part time and paying off loans so that I can hopefully return to school and graduate with honors in Political Science with a focus on Media Communications and Gender Studies. 

I'm writing about Obamacare because I'm 23-years-old. As of right now I'm on my parent's insurance. However I'm well aware that it won't last long. As a female that suffers from both severe allergies and asthma that was born prematurely, there's a chance that I could get denied coverage from insurance companies because of these conditions. As a college student I know that a lot of my friends are no longer covered under their parents. Most of us are recent graduates not working full time jobs. We're working multiple part time jobs and getting used to living on our own. Our employers don't offer benefits so we're left going without and getting further in debt because we have no help when it comes to healthcare. Obamacare changes that. I can't be denied because of pre-existing conditions and I have the choice of affordable healthcare that I didn't before. 

Obamacare is a chance for families to get insured. Free preventive care and protection from insurance companies that are focused more on money instead of assistance is what we need in health care. Misinformation has led people astray from getting the coverage that they deserve and need for far too long. Insurance companies should be held accountable. Health care costs should be lowered. Americans should be given more freedom and control over their health care. 

Jordan Scruggs
Chattanooga 

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Ms. Stinnett's claim that ObamaCare could have saved her grandmother from dying from cervical cancer could be open to debate. 

Before ObamaCare, you would have to search far and wide to find a health policy that did not include physicals for women (which includes both pap smears and mammograms)-before ObamaCare was even drafted. Or to find a policy that did not include testing when a woman showed up in a doctor's office with symptoms. 

I am a cervical cancer survivor, diagnosed over 25 years ago during a routine physical exam. I have worked for many, many years in both the private and public sector.  During that time, I have been insured by a wide variety of insurance companies, some offering better coverage than others--but none of them failed to provide pap smears and mammograms for women at no cost--or nominal cost.  At one point in my life as a single mother, I even availed myself of services made available by annual health campaigns that did not cost one cent or were provided on a sliding scale--insurance or not.   

In contrast, I have a friend who died of cervical cancer, even though her husband's insurance coverage always provided for annual physicals that included those routine tests.  It was the same insurance that paid for my own annual exam and my subsequent testing and diagnosis. It also paid for my treatment and recovery as well.   

If her grandmother was on Medicare/Medicaid, those routine exams are included in services. 

If her grandmother had no insurance, then many local charitable groups and health agencies  provide both pap smears and mammograms free or on a sliding scale. 

To say that ObamaCare suddenly "proves women matter" is a huge distortion of the facts.   

I am living proof that they have always mattered. 

Mya Lane


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