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Eliminating preventive health care for cost savings is just wrong

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To The Daily Sun,
I find it interesting when someone responds to my letter with the intent of proving me wrong but actually makes my point. Thank you Kay Anderson of Laconia for repeating the facts about Obamacare that I stated in the letter I submitted. I am sorry that you didn't get the "tongue-in-cheek" reference that I made about the war on women. I was speaking just of Breast Cancer, which is the most common form of non-skin cancer attacking women. You mentioned the mammograms are available every two years and ignored the rest of my letter while stating all the talking points President Obama has declared about Obamacare. All of these talking points were available in insurance plans before Obamacare but I was only talking about the elimination of health care options under Obamacare.
Let me explain this to you so you might understand what I was saying. Kate claims that Republicans are waging a war on women because they believe that a religious organization or individual should not be forced by the government to violate their religious teaching, morals and beliefs. Instead Republicans believe that an individual should take personal responsibility for their reproductive rights and purchase contraceptive medicine that costs a mere $4 per month, with or without health insurance at any Wamart, Target or many other pharmacies, Kate believes that the federal government decides what religious doctrine is. If you follow Kate's reasoning to the logical conclusion a church would have to ask the government for permission to teach what the scriptures tell them.
I do believe, in fact I am quite certain that I mentioned the fact that under the recommendation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which set the guidelines that were incorporated into the Obamacare regulations that Breast Cancer Screening is conducted EVERY TWO YEARS. This directly contradicts the recommendation of the Health Organization that directly deals with breast cancer, The American Cancer Society (ACS). I am saddened that you believe that repeating facts about Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society recommendations is "Fear Mongering" and misleading. I guess you don't believe facts unless they support your view.
Let me see if I can repeat these facts without you becoming afraid. ACS recommends that women begin conducting Breast Self-Exams (BSE) in their 20s and recommends that health care professionals are provided to teach this technique to women. Insurance companies and the government accepted these recommendations and the insurance companies, Medicaid and Medicare paid this training. After the USPSTF issued their recommendations U.S. HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius turned them into regulations governing Obamacare. Under Obamacare, training for BSE by healthcare professionals is no longer provided.
Under the recommendations from the ACS that were accepted by insurance companies and the government, mammograms were made available to women every three years in their 20s and 30s and annually at 40 years old. Now women have to wait until they are 50 before getting their first mammogram and only get them EVERY TWO YEARS AFTER THAT. The ACS recommends that women at high risk for breast cancer receive an MRI screening to determine if they have cancer and under Obamacare this option is no longer available.
According to the CDC, over 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year and over 40,000 of these women DIE EACH YEAR. The American Cancer Society, the ultimate expert on CANCER, says that early detection of breast cancer saves lives and the best way to detect it early is by conducting ANNUAL MAMMOGRAMS; ANNUAL BREAST SELF-EXAMS and MRI SCREENING for women at HIGH RISK. This important preventive health care is NOT SUPPORTED by Obamacare.
Tongue-in-cheek, I mentioned that Kate is waging a War on Women because of her support for a program that denies women access to health care that actually saves lives. Now I ask, why do you support this program? Life is precious to me and I believe that eliminating preventive health care for cost savings is just wrong and immoral. In my opinion Obamacare is exactly taking this step.
Greg Knytych