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Senate Gives Free Healthcare To Women

From an elated New York Times:

Senate Backs Preventive Health Care for Women


December 4, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Thursday to require health insurance companies to provide free mammograms and other preventive services to women, and it turned back a Republican challenge to Medicare savings that constitute the single largest source of financing for the bill.

The 61-to-39 vote on health benefits for women would, in effect, override new recommendations from a federal advisory panel that said routine mammograms should begin at age 50, rather than 40.

Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, Democrat of Maryland, who proposed the coverage requirement as an amendment to sweeping health legislation, said it could save millions of lives.

“My amendment would eliminate one of the major barriers to care by getting rid of high co-payments and deductibles,” Ms. Mikulski said. “It does not tell women, ‘You will have a mammogram at 40.’ It says, ‘You will have access to that mammogram if you and your doctor decide it’s medically necessary or medically appropriate.’ ” …

Under Ms. Mikulski’s proposal, a federal agency, the Health Resources and Services Administration, would develop “comprehensive guidelines” recommending preventive care and screenings for women, and insurers would have to cover the services without any cost-sharing.

Ms. Mikulski said the services would include screenings for breast, cervical, ovarian and lung cancer, heart disease and diabetes, as well as postpartum depression and domestic violence.

The underlying bill would eliminate deductibles and co-payments for many preventive services for men, women and children. But Ms. Mikulski said it did not adequately address the “unique needs” of women.

Senator Olympia J. Snowe, Republican of Maine, was a co-sponsor of the Mikulski amendment. She and two other Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and David Vitter of Louisiana, joined 56 Democrats and 2 independents in voting for the amendment. Two Democrats, Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Mr. Nelson, voted no.

Mr. Feingold said the Senate should have found a way to pay the cost of Ms. Mikulski’s proposal, estimated at $940 million over 10 years. Mr. Nelson said the amendment should have explicitly excluded abortion from the definition of preventive care.

The Senate action was prompted, in part, by the recent furor over breast cancer screening recommendations from a federal advisory panel. In a report last month, the panel, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, said it “recommends against routine screening mammography in women age 40 to 49.”

Democrats accepted Mr. Vitter’s proposal to guarantee free breast cancer screenings for women 40 to 49, as well as those 50 and over.

The advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society supported the Mikulski amendment and opposed a Republican alternative, which would have required insurers to inform patients of screening guidelines issued by professional groups like the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Ms. Mikulski said the Republican alternative was “too tepid and too limited.”

Daniel E. Smith, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, said the Republican proposal would not eliminate co-payments and deductibles that could deter some women from seeking preventive care

Of course when we say the Senate “gives,” we mean it is mandating that private insurance companies provide free “screenings for breast, cervical, ovarian and lung cancer, heart disease and diabetes, as well as postpartum depression and domestic violence.”

We have to ask, where is any authority for such largess in the US Constitution? Of course we realize that such details haven’t mattered for some time now.

And, after all, who is going to have medical exams that might prolong their lives – if they have to pay a deductible?

That is asking far too much.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 4th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Senate Gives Free Healthcare To Women”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    Every time I hear one of these stories, I think “What if they said the same thing, but substituted the words Man and Men for Woman and Women?”
    This is another example of the sexist bent of political correctness.

  2. proreason says:

    It’s been said many times before, but bears repeating:

    “When the people find they can vote themselves money; that will herald the end of the republic.” Benjamin Franklin

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    ‘You will have access to that mammogram if you and your doctor decide it’s medically necessary or medically appropriate

    Isn’t that the purpose of pre-screening? How would you know when or when not a pre-screening mammogram is “necessary”? Preventive medicine will always be found to be “unnecessary” under this definition.

    Therefore, when choosing a doctor I would find one who agrees to “screen ealry and screen often”. But…wait…I won’t be allowed to choose my own doctor.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      But I thought that the days of the “GREEDY” doctors was over? I mean, they said doctors were preforming unnecessary procedures and surgeries to line their coffers. You know, pay off the Porsche or build a pool.

  4. TerryAnne says:

    I’m really getting sick of the word “unique”. It doesn’t even mean its own definition now.

    So….how many liberals are going to see the danger of what this represents; as in, will they recognize that this is the government telling a private business what to do? What was that about their health “care” bill not interfering with existing insurance companies and/or plans? And that abortions would not be covered under the plan?

    And why save millions of lives when we’re all – and then some – going to die from AGW anyway?

    Joe Wilson’s voice still echoes in the halls of Congress…

  5. Tater Salad says:

    An update from Oklahoma :

    Oklahoma law passed, 37 to 9, had a few liberals in the mix, an amendment to place the Ten Commandments on the front entrance to the state capitol. The feds in D.C., along with the ACLU, said it would be a mistake. Hey this is a conservative state, based on Christian values…! bold”>HB 1330

    Guess what………. Oklahoma did it anyway.
    Oklahoma recently passed a law in the state to incarcerate all illegal immigrants, and ship them back to where they came from unless they want to get a green card and become an American citizen. They all scattered. HB 1804. Hope we didn’t send any of them to your state. This was against the advice of the Federal Government, and the ACLU, they said it would be a mistake.

    Guess what……. Oklahoma did it anyway.

    Recently we passed a law to include DNA samples from any and all illegals to the Oklahoma database, for criminal investigative purposes. Pelosi said it was unconstitutional. SB 1102

    Guess what…….. Oklahoma did it anyway.

    Several weeks ago, we passed a law, declaring Oklahoma as a Sovereign state, not under the Federal Government directives. Joining Texas, Montana and Utah as the only states to do so. More states are likely to follow: Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolina’s, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi, Florida. Save your confederate money, it appears the South is about to rise up once again. HJR 1003

    The federal Government has made bold steps to take away our guns. Oklahoma, a week ago, passed a law confirming people in this state have the right to bear arms and transport them in their vehicles. I’m sure that was a set back for the criminals (and Obamaites). Liberals didn’t like it — But …

    Guess what……….. Oklahoma did it anyway.

    Just this month, my state has voted and passed a law that ALL driver’s license exams will be printed in English, and only English, and no other language. We have been called racist for doing this, but the fact is that ALL of our road signs are in English only. If you want to drive in Oklahoma, you must read and write English. Really simple.

    By the way, Obama does not like any of this.
    Guess what…who cares… Oklahoma is doing it anyway.
    To Verify:

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