“In Congress, I have voted over 30 times to repeal, diminish, or defund the President’s Affordable Care Act.” This is a quote from Congresswoman Vicky Hartlzer who represents Columbia, Missouri in Washington, D.C.
The ACA has granted so many needed protections, protections that specifically impact women. Under the ACA women will receive preventive care without co-pays, and we will not be told anymore that pregnancy or domestic abuse is a “pre-existing condition.”
Millions of women are already benefiting from the ACA’s historic provisions, and millions more will benefit as the law continues to be implemented. Under the ACA, millions of women will gain access to basic preventive care at no cost, including birth control, cancer screenings, well-woman exams,and screenings for diabetes and high blood pressure. Additionally, women will no longer have to pay more for health insurance than men.
That’s why it’s genuinely disappointing that politicians like Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler continue to put politics over the health and economic benefits the law provides to Missourians.
Because once families start getting the coverage they need in the coming months, once they can go to the doctor without fear of being turned away or the worry that a diagnosis will mean bankruptcy — they’re not going to let anyone take that away.
Instead of re-fighting old political battles on health care, it’s time for all elected officials to work together to make the law work, improve it and help all Americans get access to the health care they need.
Martha Stevens is a Columbia resident. Questions? Contact Opinion editor Laura Johnston.