Women and Obamacare

Janice Shaw Crouse
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Posted: Nov 04, 2009 12:01 AM
Women and Obamacare

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.”

4. ObamaCare costs too much: Nearly half of all women (45 percent) see the current price estimates for ObamaCare as exorbitantly expensive and “too much to spend over the next decade.” Women are concerned about the mountain of debt that will burden their children and grandchildren. The latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates — just out — are for a cost of $1.2 trillion for the first decade, and everybody knows a government project will likely double the estimated costs at the very least.

5. ObamaCare promoters risk alienating voters: Fully 67 percent of voters will be less likely to support a candidate in the voting booth if that candidate supports government-run health care or the public option health care plans. Forty-five percent of voters are unlikely to vote for a current member of Congress who pushes through the nearly $900 trillion ObamaCare.

6. ObamaCare must not include taxpayer-funded abortion: It would appear that the Democrats are willing to include or listen only to those women who support the radical feminist agenda. The Democrats are totally ignoring the fact that most women, including those in their own party, don’t want taxpayer-funded abortions. The Democrats are trying to include taxpayer-funded abortions in ObamaCare through stealth legislative procedures in spite of the fact that the majority (67 percent in the IWF poll) do not want public funding of abortion — and that includes more than half of self-identified Democrats. Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pennsylvania) is working with Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Michigan) to keep taxpayer-funded abortion out of the bill Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing through (as early as Wednesday this week). Speaker Pelosi says she won’t allow the Stupak-Pitts amendment to come to the floor.

The facts are clear: women overwhelmingly reject a government-run health care system — 64 percent want their own private health insurance, and 57 percent reject the idea that a federal program would be better for them or their families. More than half of American women would not want to trade in their current plan, and they reject what they know about the current plans for change — including, and this is really noteworthy, self-identified Democrats, liberals and Independents.

Women have notoriously long memories, and they are overwhelmingly against those candidates who are ramming through health care reform legislation that the public rejects. Those who are pushing ObamaCare so forcefully onto the public would be wise to listen to the majority of female voters before it is too late.