Janice Shaw Crouse

The Democrats are supposedly all about women’s rights, but strangely, they are ignoring women when it comes to ObamaCare. Women were not just excluded from the planning; their ideas and opinions weren’t even considered in the crafting or the content of the legislation. Now Democratic legislators are ramming ObamaCare through the legislative process in total disregard for what all the polls show that women want.

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Women have earned the right to have their opinions heard and respected. Yet, the advocates of ObamaCare on Capitol Hill arrogantly and patronizingly speak for women — as though women aren’t able to speak for themselves. The leftist legislators are out-of-step with mainstream women; indeed, the Democrats who claim to be committed to “women’s rights” turn out to be the worst sort of misogynists. Those legislators who are so loud in their endorsement of so-called “women’s rights” are so blind to reality that they shockingly ignore their female constituents’ opinions and input in legislative decision-making.

A just-released poll commissioned by the Independent Women’s Forum is very revealing. The findings can be boiled down to six easy points. For America’s women:

1. ObamaCare is not a top priority: The poll reveals that less than 20 percent (only 16 percent) of women believe that health care should be Congress’ top priority. That means most women don’t think there is a pressing need for ObamaCare — plainly, it is not the most important issue on women’s agendas.

2. ObamaCare is not satisfactory: A majority of women (51 percent) are not satisfied with what they have read, seen, or heard about the proposals being considered today. The poll indicates that women are extremely important in a family’s health care decision-making and expenditure of health care monies. We already know that women make most of the health care decisions for their families and that women account for most of the family’s health care dollars. Now we learn that women have 90 percent of annual doctor’s visits, women spend most of the family’s health care dollars — $2 of every $3 — and they are 14 percent more likely than men to take their medicine regularly.

3. ObamaCare should not be rushed through: Most women think that rushing legislation through Congress will result in “poorly-crafted health care legislation.” A majority (67 percent) believe that it is more important for Congress to get reforms “right” than to get them “done fast.”

Janice Shaw Crouse

Janice Shaw Crouse is a former speechwriter for George H. W. Bush and now political commentator for the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
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