To The Daily Sun,
For some time I have been reading how Kate Miller, the Belknap County Democratic Party leader, goes on and on about how good the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is for everyone. In the past I have also heard her deride Republicans for their war on women. This supposed war on women, as she also describes it as not allowing women to get the medical care they deserve, is because the Republicans held the position that individuals should take personal responsibility to pay $4 per month in order to purchase contraceptive medicine. Instead Kate favors making churches and religious individuals violate their conscience and moral beliefs.
In one of her recent letters Kate says, "I feel strongly that conclusions should be drawn from unbiased, fact-based sources" to which I also agree. In my recent letter I provided facts and named the sources that show how Obamacare is reducing full-time jobs across this country and creating part-time jobs to fill the void. A large percentage of employers reducing positions or moving employees to part-time work are local, county and state government entities. I thought Kate was a strong supporter of educating our children and providing them the best resources available. Since a large number of these government entities are public schools then why is Kate waging a war on children?
According to the Centers for Disease Control there were more than 200,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, of which more than 40,000 died. These are the typical numbers every year and breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer attacking women. Early detection saves lives and the American Cancer Society notes "the goal of screening exams for early breast cancer detection is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms."
The American Cancer Society recommends a Clinical Breast Exam (CBE) every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and annually for women 40 and over. They also recommend yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health. They call for women to start doing an annual Breast Self-Exam (BSE) in their 20s. Some women to be screened with an MRI in addition to mammograms if they have a family history, genetic tendency or other factors that put them into a higher risk category.
With Obamacare these women get health care rationing. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force directly contradicts every one of these important recommendations made by the American Cancer Society. Breast cancer screening (CBE) is conducted EVERY TWO YEARS starting at age 50 and ends at age 74, under Obamacare guidelines. Our federal government doesn't see the added benefit of screening women for breast cancer when they are 75 or older or when they are younger than 50 years old. Under Obamacare women with a high risk for breast cancer will not receive an MRI and it doesn't provide health professionals to teach women how to conduct a BSE.
This sounds more like a war on women than asking someone to pay $4 per month (either with or without health insurance) to Wal-Mart for their contraceptives. Kate, why do you hate women so much that you would support a program that reduces their ability to detect and prevent breast cancer?