Obama’s Policies Will Hurt Women’s Health
A pro-Obama ad featuring actresses Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria, and Kerry Washington argues that Republicans want to end breast cancer screening for women, because Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan want to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding. But, as Michelle Malkin reminds us, Planned Parenthood, which gets a third of its budget from the taxpayers, is about abortions, not mammograms. She writes:
“Planned Parenthood does not provide women with mammograms. [Planned Parenthood]’s ‘women’s health’ mantle is a sham. An undercover investigation of 30 Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 different states, conducted by pro-life group Live Action, confirmed that the abortion provider does not perform breast cancer screenings. ‘We don’t provide those services whatsoever,’ a staffer at Planned Parenthood of Arizona admitted. Planned Parenthood’s Comprehensive Health Center clinic in Overland Park, Kan., acknowledged: ‘We actually don’t have a, um, mammogram machine, at our clinics.’”
So we can ignore the scare tactics: Defunding Planned Parenthood won’t affect women’s access to breast cancer screenings because Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide breast cancer screenings.
Ironically, Malkin points out that it is President Obama’s policies that could curtail breast cancer screenings: Obamacare creates a rationing panel, called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which is supposed to base its decisions on the recommendations of a long-standing government panel, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
That task force in 2009 recommended against routine mammogram screenings. Those recommendations used to be nonbinding, but coupled with the power of the IPAB, they will actually determine what kind of preventative services many Americans can receive. Already, after the non-binding recommendations, there has been a 6% decrease in mammograms among women ages 40-49! Just wait until those recommendations become binding …
Which sounds like the three actresses should be directing their concerns toward … President Obama.