Heatlh Care Advocacy

Mamas on Bedrest: Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace!

August 15th, 2011

Mamas on Bedrest, there is an unprecedented war going on against women’s health rights and our elected officials are leading the charge.

As many of you are at home trying to remain calm and quiet so that you can gestate a healthy, full term baby, our elected officials are playing ridiculous games of political “chicken” to further their political agendas. While many conservatives argue that raising taxes on the wealthiest 2% of Americans won’t help our economy (the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has a different take. Read their analyses Here. You can learn more about CBO policies and procedures here.) they emphatically insist that the way towards economic security and a balance budget is to cut social security and Medicare. So what if many seniors are already struggling to make ends meet? So what if millions of Americans have no health care coverage and the costs to treat theses individuals when they do become ill is bankrupting our nation? We most certainly can’t cut a corporate CEO’s seven figure bonus down to six figures. It would be absolutely barbaric and companies would ‘lose their best and brightest talents’!

What continues to baffle me is the lack of substantial facts presented when politicians make these statements. As indicated above, the CBO has analyzed “ObamaCare” and finds that it will in fact reduce healthcare costs and save the government millions of dollars in much needed revenue in the ensuing years. But if you are unwilling or unable to muddle through the myriad of tables and charts on the CBO website in order to see what the actual cost savings will be, take a look at Dr Jen Gunter’s Blog. Dr. Gunter is a staunch advocate of evidence-whether it be in regards to medicine, politics or to life in general. As it relates to funding health care for uninsured Americans, Dr. Gunter presents several  easy to read posts on how providing healthcare coverage will not only save the country millions of dollars, but also millions of lives.

Mamas on Bedrest, we need to be aware of what our elected officials are advocating and how it impacts us.  In her August 12, 2011 post, “Only one Woman on the “Super Committee”-Ouch!” Moms Rising contributing blogger Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner gives an eye opening (and potentially devastating) analysis of the impact of having just one woman on the government appointed super committee. Don’t know what the super committee is? It is a committee that arose out of the debt debate debacle. Both Republican and Democratic elected officials are supposed to each choose 6 individuals from their respective parties to participate in this committee whose mission is “to come up with at least $1.2 trillion more in spending cuts, with $1.5 trillion a more desired outcome.”

The problem with this committee is that it in no way is a committee of “the people”. We had no say in who is appointed to the committee and as a result, we’ll have no say in what they propose in the way of cuts. It is not representative of the American people. There is only one woman appointed yet as Finkbeiner points out, women are 507% of the US population. To be representative, there should be 6 women in this committee. There is one African American, James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), no Asian Americans and one Latino American, Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) We are literally at the mercy of 12 people, all reasonably wealthy and most far removed from the daily financial struggles of middle Americans and, depending on your political leanings, 6 whose opinions with which you in no way agree.

Mamas on Bedrest, we should all be outraged at what is going on in our government. More than that, we should all be lifting our voices, wielding our pens and tapping away on our keyboards to our elected officials making sure that they know, in no uncertain terms, that we elected them and that we fully expect them to represent us and our needs.

Now is the time. This past weekend Republicans held a “debate” in Iowa, mostly to showcase who will be running for candidacy as the next Republican Presidential candidate. President Barack Obama has already launched his re-election campaign. Members of congress are keenly scrutinizing the budget, jobs, the wars in the Middle East and other hot political issues to see how best to leverage these events to their advantage and to secure re-election. And nowhere are they really considering the needs of women and children; considering paid family medical leave or ensuring health care for everyone.

Mamas on Bedrest, now is the time. Write these officials, make your position known. If you have lost income, your job or your home in this economy,  and,  you have experienced these losses as a result of being on prescribed bed rest, write your elected officials. They need to know the impact of their decisions on their constituents and they need to know how constituents intend to vote based on their decisions.

Mamas on Bedrest, speak now or forever hold your peace. And believe me, if we don’t speak now, there certainly will be no peace.

Please sign the Moms Rising petition to let Senator Patty Murray know that women nationwide support her efforts and to let our elected officials know that we won’t sit idly by and be under represented and our needs ignored.

http://action.momsrising.org/go/1099?akid=2896.1844362.Ib8oZn&t=6

Here is info MomsRising compiled on why we need more diverse representation on the Super Committee:

[1]”Super committee: Who are these guys?” CNN

[2] “Six Republicans Named to Deficit Panel,” New York Times

[3]’Mom in Tennis Shoes,‘ The Atlantic

[4] “Sen. Murray will fight for women,” Publicola [5] Political negotiations, NPR

[6] “What makes a research team smarter?” Harvard Business School

[7] “Since 2009, 88 Percent Of Income Growth Went To Corporate Profits, Just One Percent Went To Wages,” Think Progress

[8] Washington Post-ABC News Poll

[9] “Economic Downturn and Bush Policies Continue to Drive Large Projected Deficits,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

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