Aug 20, 2012

What Will Romney Do for...Women?

President Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney could not differ more on their policies regarding women's health. Although as Governor of Massachusetts, Romney implemented some provisions like those in the Affordable Care Act, he has since changed his tune to better conform to right-wing policies.

Here's where Mitt Romney stands on women:
  • He endorsed the budget proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and supported by the leadership of the House of Representatives—a budget that would not only dismantle the advancements made for women’s health through the Affordable Care Act but would lead to dramatic reductions in the services available to women through Medicaid and other key safety net women’s health programs. 
  • He vowed to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act, including the expansion of Medicaid, which would prevent 17 million people from gaining coverage over 10 years, including the 59.2 percent of women who are currently on Medicaid
  • The 1.1 million young women who have been able to stay on their parents’ insurance plans after they graduate would be at risk of losing their coverage under his plan.
  • Romney would eliminate the requirement that insurance plans cover maternity care, through which 8.7 million women are set to gain such coverage under the ACA.
  • Romney has said that he would eliminate Title X, our nation's family planning program, which provides important things like contraception-  because it is not “essential” and because it benefits organizations such as Planned Parenthood, which provides abortion care with nonfederal funds. Moreover, when asked how he would cut the federal budget deficit, Gov. Romney’s response included that he would “get rid of” Planned Parenthood.
credit: Center for American Progress
America needs to pay close attention to the specific plans Romney has in mind for our country if he were to win the 2012 election. With Romney’s recent pick of Paul Ryan as his running mate, it’s clearer than ever that Romney plans to deny women the right to essential medical coverage.

The facts show that President Obama's actions while in office, as well as his plans for the future, are what's best for working families and middle class America.

To see the health needs of women in your state on an interactive map, go here.

To see how Romney's current plan for healthcare will affect a woman throughout her lifespan, go here.

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