Women’s health

Young women are drastically opposed to Republican health care bill, surveys find

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Young women are increasingly nervous about the potential passage of the American Health Care Act, a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood, allow insurers to charge extra for maternity care, contraception, and pre-existing conditions, and potentially leave 23 million people without insurance. While only 45 percent of Americans feel they would be worse under the AHCA, a whopping 59 percent of American women ages 18 to 34 disagree, according to new polls from SurveyMonkey. According to SurveyMonkey, 71 percent of young women oppose the Republican health bill — and 51 percent of young women are strongly opposed.

By contrast, support for the Affordable Care Act — the Obama-era health bill that mandated insurers cover maternity care and preventative health services like Pap smears — has the overwhelming support of young women. Some 73 percent of young women support the ACA, according to SurveyMonkey, and 84 percent of young women are in favor of provisions that mandate insurers provide coverage for maternity care.

Before the passage of the ACA, only 12 percent of individual market plans covered maternity care — optional waivers for maternity care, meanwhile, could cost nearly $1,000 every month. On the issue of maternity care, at least, the ACA has broad support — 81 percent of Americans, and 74 percent of Republicans, believe that insurers should be required to provide maternity benefits.

Support for the AHCA, on the other hand, has been split largely along partisan lines — 87 percent of Democrats oppose it, and 81 percent of Republicans support it. But while a third of Republican women ages 18 to 34 said they would oppose the AHCA, only 15 percent of Republican women older than 35 said they stood in opposition.

Interestingly, the SurveyMonkey polls also asked respondents how they felt about Ivanka Trump’s advocacy for women’s health in the White House. Perhaps unsurprisingly, more than three-fourths of young women responded that Ivanka had not been an effective advocate at all.

Read the full story at Cosmopolitan.


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