Tuesday, October 30, 2012
As the 2012 election nears its end, the Obama campaign has fallen back on a familiar trope, that Mitt Romney is waging a ‘war on women.’
Overall, Obamacare makes the health-care system worse, rather than better. It expands flawed government programs, especially Medicaid, that already serve women poorly. It bludgeons small businesses, where women are disproportionately active. It will drive up the cost of insurance for many Americans of both genders, while making it harder to get a doctor’s appointment. Worsening the quality and cost of American health care will especially impact women, who use the health-care system more frequently than men do.
But the Obama campaign believes it’s more important to have a debate about whether or not insurers should be forced to pay for $9-a-month oral contraceptives, instead of letting Americans freely choose the insurance plans that best suit their needs. The President highlights this relatively trivial component of his health-care boondoggle, because he knows that a discussion of Obamacare’s real impact on women just might cost him the election.