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Obamacare's Gift to Women

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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Since last week, the Affordable Care Act--you may know it as Obamacare--offers women, including adolescents, preventive care benefits at no cost. Among the services new and non-grandfathered health care plans must provide free of charge:

Well-woman visits, including an annual physical, and followup visits if a woman's doctor orders them.

Contraception and contraceptive counseling. Women will no longer have to pay co-payments for any FDA-approved contraceptive method or sterilization procedure. Exception: litigation is ongoing about whether religious employers must offer certain contraceptives.

Gestational diabetes screening for women 24 to 28 weeks pregnant, and those at high risk for gestational diabetes.

HPV DNA testing every three years for women 30 or older, even if their PAP smears are clean.

Annual STI (sexually transmitted infections) counseling sessions for women who are sexually active.

HIV screening and counseling for women who are sexually active.

Breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling by trained providers for pregnant women and new mothers.

Interpersonal and domestic violence screening and counseling.

The confusing part: though the law requiring that women be offered these services came into effect August 1, the services actually become available in the new year of each health plan. Women should check with their doctors or plan administrators for information about when they can access them.

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That's right, America - it's all FREE!

The doctors volunteer their time, the tongue depressors are carved by wood nymphs, and the penicillin is distilled from unicorn tears. Everything else is covered by the insurance companies "at no cost" since they wouldn't dream of passing on the expense to policyholders.

You people really live in a fantasy world, so this explanation is as good as any.

Posted by Alexander Fleming on 8.7.12 at 17:50

Alexander... I don't think you get it. The government is paying for all of this... it's totally free!!! Woohoo!!!! It's this utopian sytem that causes many Canadians to come to our country for cancer treatment each year. Don't worry - there's no rationing.... just not enough doctors... it's different.

A survey shows that 83% of doctors have considered quitting over the law and 70% say REDUCING GOVERNMENT would be single best fix to the current system.

It's probably all partisan politics though. Doctors are notorious for being hyper political.

http://www.doctorsandpatients.org/resources/85-physician-attitudes-survey-june-2012

This, along with "you didn't build that", is why Obama will lose in November and go down in history alongside Jimmy Carter.

Posted by k on 8.12.12 at 8:17
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