Taking a break from our typical Friday news digest to talk more about how great Obamacare is. Let’s dive in…
The Affordable Care Act, which most people know as Obamacare, improves access to affordable, quality health care for millions. Since it became law in March 2010, more than 45 million women have been able to get preventive health care without co-pays. And when it comes to the effects of birth control coverage, the positive outcome is not only better reproductive health for women, but better lives for women and their families as a whole.
The fight to get affordable reproductive health care has been long, and it keeps going: Republicans have voted 40 times (a collective 7,000+ votes!) to repeal the Affordable Care Act since its passing (on top of individual states attacking women’s health through outrageous anti-reproductive health bills).
But that is not stopping us. Planned Parenthood fights these efforts on every level, from courthouses to statehouses to Capitol Hill to the grassroots. And because of this, Obamacare has remained, and with the new more affordable health insurance plans in state marketplaces, people can keep returning to Planned Parenthood health centers for the quality, affordable, and confidential reproductive health care services that we have been providing.
And with Obamacare, $75 million has been authorized for mandatory funding in evidence-based, medically accurate, culturally appropriate sex education programs, helping 15 Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country to continue educating people on the truths about their reproductive health.
While there are victories to cheer about, the fight for access to quality affordable health care for all is not over. Undocumented people are still prohibited from purchasing health insurance and the Affordable Care Act excludes aspiring citizens from immediate access to federal health care benefits.
Planned Parenthood is committed to reproductive health, no matter what, and will continue to fight for everyone’s access to care, regardless of who they are and where they come from.