Yesterday, Obama caved to Republicans and facilitated the removal of family planning from the stimulus package. I find myself thinking about many scenes from The West Wing (again):
"This is about getting votes from white men."
I wish Amy Gardner was a real person. (I know we have women like her out there...I'm just feeling mopey right now.)
Planned Parenthood lays it out better than I ever could:
The Medicaid Family Planning State Option is a simple way to make health care affordable for millions of Americans. It would do two important things:
1. It would allow millions of women to obtain basic health care. It would extend safety-net health care coverage for millions of people, including many who are losing their jobs and health insurance in the economic downturn. Studies estimate that 2.3 million low-income women would receive coverage under this provision by 2014, and 500,000 women would be able to avoid unintended pregnancies.
2. In these difficult times, this provision would save states money. State budgets are being squeezed by the economic downturn, just as millions are losing their jobs and health insurance. The Medicaid Family Planning State Option not only would help states extend their coverage, it would generate savings for states and the federal government by expanding access to preventive care.
Please, take two minutes now to help us raise a public outcry.
Call the White House (202-456-1111). Let them know that during this tough economic time, expanding access to basic health care is more important than ever for women and families.
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