55 Flash non-Fiction Friday: Counterintuitive Health Care

Almost one in five Americans lives without health care, how is this pro-life?
Even with insurance, contraception isn’t always covered.
“Conscience clauses” allow doctors and nurses to withhold both services and information from patients that are contrary to their beliefs such as contraception.
Why don’t republican’s care about people’s rights AFTER they’re born?

*** Update – I was informed that my 55 was actually a 53, so here is the revised 55 ***

Almost one in five Americans lives without health care, how is this pro-life?
Even with health insurance, contraception isn’t always covered.
“Conscience clauses” allow health providers to withhold both services and information from patients contrary to their own beliefs such as contraception and STD prevention.
Why don’t republican’s care about people’s rights AFTER they’re born?

Almost 1 in 5 Americans Going Without Health Care
12.03.07, 12:00 AM ET

“People tend to equate access to care with insurance,” said report author Amy Bernstein, chief of the analytic studies branch at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. “But access to care is more than insurance.”

“People assume that if you have health insurance of any kind that you’re okay, but that’s not the case,” she added.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 21, 2008

“This proposed regulation is about the legal right of a health care professional to practice according to their conscience,” HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said. “Doctors and other health care providers should not be forced to choose between good professional standing and violating their conscience. Freedom of expression and action should not be surrendered upon the issuance of a health care degree.”

North Dakota Abortion Center Says it Will Do Record Number of Abortions
by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 2, 2008

Tammi Kromenaker, Rid River’s director, tells the Associated Press that the center is on pace for its highest number of annual abortions and is doing about 25 abortions a week.

She contends the number of abortions is on the rise because college students have seen funding for birth control and contraception cut.

Carly Fiorina’s fuzzy McCain-speak
By Cathleen Decker
July 10, 2008

“Let me give you a real, live example, which I’ve been hearing a lot about from women. There are many health insurance plans that will cover Viagra but won’t cover birth control medication. Those women would like a choice,” she said.

But as the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America was happy to point out, McCain twice voted against measures that would have required insurance companies to cover birth control – in 2003 and 2005.

Birth Control Foe To Head Family Planning
Bush Pick For Contraceptive Program Called Birth Control Part Of “Culture Of Death”
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2007

Orr has been criticized for public statements which have indicated an anti-contraceptive view in areas of education, public policy and health insurance.

In 2000, while working as a policy director at the Family Research Council, she objected to a Washington, D.C., city council bill requiring health insurers to pay for contraceptives. By not including a “conscience clause” allowing employers to withhold contraceptive coverage, Orr said the council would force employers “to make a choice between serving God and serving the D.C. government.

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0 thoughts on “55 Flash non-Fiction Friday: Counterintuitive Health Care

  1. WOW!!!
    A political rant/social issue 55…
    A very edgy 55 Erica.
    Thanks for playing, and have a GREAT Week-End..
    Give little Sophia a big hug from the G-Man….G

  2. great 55, erica…that whole ‘conscience clause’ bothers me. i hate when insurance doesn’t cover birth control (i’m fortunate to never have had that problem in the past). these people would rather have millions of unwanted pregnancies? who is going to take care of them all? certainly not those politicians. grrrr i’m not gonna rant too much, because i try never to discuss politics on blogs LOL i’ll have to wait until smarmy’s debate forum. hehehe

    ciaras latest blog post… Hot For the Holidays-Week 4

  3. mona – yeah and most of the men killed at war are just barely men. Most of them have just recently graduated high school – it’s their first time away from home.

  4. Paunchiness – And that’s fine if that’s what works for them, but I don’t understand why they must dictate what others can and cannot do with their own bodies. thanks for the comment. ;-)

  5. I passed by a Catholic church recently that had a big sign saying do not abort, we’ll help you give birth. It is the after part not mentioned. If Republicans were really pro-life they would provide healthcare and the like. Great 55 Erica. I would love to see one on the scams going on right now in Montana and other places to keep minorities from voting. Check out NPR, very interesting.