On October 1, open enrollment began for the new health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act—and Americans are already signing up for better, more affordable health care coverage. Check out some of our favorite highlights from the first week!
African-American women understand Planned Parenthood. They understand Planned Parenthood’s commitment to providing quality health care and eliminating health disparities; they understand Planned Parenthood’s commitment to bodily integrity and self-determination; and they understand Planned Parenthood’s vision for a world of social justice where people are able to fulfill their highest dreams. These issues are essential to African Americans.
If last November’s election taught us anything, it’s that women’s health is a good investment. Mitt Romney lost the presidential election (and Virginia) with the greatest gender gap in Gallup’s history. And now guess where he is: headlining a fundraiser, days after a new poll shows Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe leading Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli by a 24-point margin among women.
Promoting women’s health, leadership, and economic security—a pretty worthy cause right? We couldn’t agree more. That’s why yesterday we helped launch the Fair Shot Campaign—a partnership of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Center for American Progress, American Woman, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
At a campaign event, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli was asked if, as governor, would he "support and sign personhood legislation that contains restrictions on birth control medication and birth control devices."
In a last-ditch effort to spread misinformation about Obamacare, opponents are hitting the road on a “Defund Obamacare Town Hall Tour.” In each of the states they’re heading to, there are thousands of women and families who stand to benefit from the new health care law. But do these opponents care about those benefits? Nope.
Republican lawmakers have relentlessly tried to repeal Obamacare — despite the fact that the health care law has already helped millions of women and families get the care they need, when they need it. Opponents of the law don’t care that you can no longer be denied insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition, that women can’t be charged higher premiums simply because of their gender, and that you can now access birth control with no co-pay — they outright oppose the birth control benefit. Their intractable opposition has led them to vote to repeal the law 40 times (yes you read that right).