Feb 19, 2020
From the recent women’s rights / reproductive issues arc, Sara
and Misasha segue today into yet another big issue to consider in
the upcoming election, and that’s the subject of health
Good insurance coverage is not the reality for the majority of
Americans. And for those who DO have it, what would you do if you
lost your coverage?
With this episode, Sara and Misasha will bridge the gap between
reproductive rights and health care into the next arc of income
Recently, Trump’s administration lashed out at the state of
California that touched on all three of these points.
Be sure to listen in to find out more and to stay on top of
these timely issues!
- Misasha gives an overview of Trump’s administration telling
California that they were violating federal law by requiring
private insurers in the state of California to cover abortion and
threatened to withhold federal funding.
- This plan was announced on the day that thousands of
anti-abortion activists gathered on the National Mall for the
annual March for Life rally.
- Part of insurance is federally regulated, like The Affordable
- There are also mandated benefits, which are known as mandated
health insurance benefits, or “mandates”, that can be issued at a
federal level or a state level.
- Mandates are requirements that states cover the treatments of
specific health conditions, certain types of health care providers,
and some categories of dependence.
- Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, there were
around 2,000 health insurance mandates between the states and
- A key question that we need to look at is who controls who is
eligible for insurance and for what?
- The President has a lot of control in this area. <————-
- The President needs Congress in order to act in the realm of
criminal justice. The President needs the Supreme Court in order to
act as regards reproductive justice. Where health care is
concerned, however, the President can act nearly immediately.
- Sara provides some relevant statistics regarding private and
public health insurance.
- Sara and Misasha discuss 5 of the biggest changes to the
federal health law under President Trump, according to NPR.
- The Affordable Care Act still exists and is still working, but
pre-existing conditions is a barrier.
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