The Republican Alternative To ObamaCare Proves Once And For All That The GOP Hates Women

It might as well be called the”‘Let Women Die or Go Broke” alternative, because that’s exactly what will end up happening across the nation if Republicans are allowed to replace ObamaCare with this piece of garbage.

In an effort to make their effort to kill and replace the Affordable Care Act look more legit, Republicans have decided that it might be a good idea to actually have a healthcare alternative outlined in a physical bill instead of just being all talk as the GOP has been over the last four years.

The Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act is a carbon copy of what Mitt Romney proposed during the 2012 Presidential Election. As you’ll recall, Americans overwhelmingly rejected Romney, including 55 percent of women voters.

Well, Romney may not be running for president again, but that isn’t stopping Republicans from throwing women under a bus in their alternative healthcare plan.

All the things that the Affordable Care Act currently does for women are stripped from the alternative, which was crafted by Republican Senators Orrin Hatch, Fred Upton, and Richard Burr.

Prior to the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies considered pregnancy a pre-existing condition and only about one-third of private plans covered maternity care. Under the AFA, however, all of that changed and now private insurance plans are required by law to cover maternity care and pregnancy is no longer considered a pre-existing condition. But the Republican alternative rolls back these protections, allowing insurance companies to once again refuse to pay for care women desperately need when they are pregnant, including pre-natal care that helps keep prospective mothers and their babies healthy throughout the pregnancy. Before ObamaCare, many women would choose not to seek pre-natal care because of the expense. You know, because having to choose between good health and bankruptcy is somehow a thing in America. And that’s exactly what Republicans want.

Republicans also want women to be discriminated against by health insurance companies once again. Just being a woman used to be considered a pre-existing condition. As a result, insurance companies would charge women more for their plans. A whole lot more. Like 84 percent more than a man would normally pay. While ObamaCare prevents this discrimination from taking place, the Republican alternative does no such thing, which places a heavy financial burden on women who already do not get equal pay for equal work.

Perhaps the most egregious part of this Republican alternative is the fact that it also kills contraception coverage entirely. That’s right, Republicans are hell bent on taking away contraception that would prevent pregnancy in the first place, thus preventing women from avoiding the lack of maternity care coverage.

To recap, Republicans want to make it harder for women to prevent themselves from getting pregnant, and then they want to deny women the maternity care they need when they do become pregnant while at the same time making healthcare more expensive for them. And Republicans wonder why women choose to have abortions. One would think the GOP would actually want to help pregnant women take care of the fetuses they carry. But as usual, Republicans seem to have only one goal in mind with this alternative healthcare plan, and that is is to screw over women as much as dickishly possible.

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