The incoming U.S. presidential administration and ruling party that will control the U.S. Congress has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) in the future.
This reality has created a great degree of debate and concern about the health care status of millions of Americans who rely on their own public or private car health insurance coverage. A big concern on this issue was also raised when the Republican Congress recently announced it’s plan to financially dismantle Planned Parenthood.
Women of all races will obviously be affected by the government policies that will be enacted once plans go forward to repeal federal laws, which currently protect both their choices about health care and their ability to reproduce. Black women, in particular, should be very concerned about how the federal government is going to decide to regulate how they’ll be able to legally choose to care for their well-being.
Marcella Howell, the Founder and Executive Director of the National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda released a statement voicing these concerns on behalf of her organization. Black Enterprise Magazine recently published an article online, which shared a portion of Howell’s statement. It reads as follows:
“The GOP-led Senate is acting recklessly and with disregard for the more than 20 million people that would potentially lose their insurance if the ACA is repealed—increasing the uninsured rate for black women by anywhere from 11% to 20%. We know there is not a replacement plan, and there will not be one anytime soon. And their personal vendetta against Planned Parenthood plain and simple is playing partisan politics with our healthcare.” (BlackEnterprise.com)
The big problem with the Republican party’s agenda to repeal Obamacare and financially destabilize Planned Parenthood is that it reflects an unfair plan to impose the beliefs of a minority white-male ultra-conservative power structure, which does not reflect the rights of a public existence that is largely female.
To read more of Black Enterprise’s editorial, please click here.