Now that your representatives are repealing The Affordable Care Act, look at what the GOP is doing to women.
According to Raw Story, the bill’s recently added the MacArthur Meadows Amendment would ditch the ACA’s protections for pre-existing conditions sexual assault being one of them.
Under the amendment, states would have the all clear to waive the ban preventing insurance companies from denying coverage to patients based on pre-existing conditions. That means companies could also deny preventive health care services, like mammograms and gynecological exams, to these patients, which many sexual assault survivors in particular rely on following an attack.
So if you are raped, you can be turned down for healthcare coverage until you are proven to be AIDS free for 3 years.
Other conditions like postpartum depression, being a survivor of domestic violence or having gotten a C-section could also be considered pre-existing conditions.
The language of the MacArthur Meadows Amendment itself denies that any of its measures are discriminatory. “Nothing in this Act shall be construed as permitting health insurance issuers to discriminate in rates for health insurance coverage by gender,” the amendment reads, maintaining it doesn’t actually “limit access to health coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions.”
This is how your President and Representatives think about women’s healthcare issues.