President Obama himself says the government has no business being involved in women’s health and what we do with our bodies ought to be our choice, but now conveniently timed “guidelines” from doctors, in partnership with the government run Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued guidelines that expand coverage for sexual behavior while reducing real women’s health care coverage, proving where the real “warn on women” lies.
Under Obamacare regulations women now only have a PAP smear covered every three years. In case you aren’t a woman, which the president isn’t, by the way, PAP smears are generally—were generally—part of an annual well-woman exam. However, after Obamacare passed, new cervical cancer screening guidelines were released and suddenly because of that, after years of annual coverage, women are now reporting going for a PAP smear and having it denied as part of their covered exam. As one article notes:
[T]he American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) teamed with the American Cancer Association and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to issue new guidelines which pushed back the age at which young women should begin to have internal pelvic exams and suggested that most women only need pap smears once every three years.
A PAP smear, which tests for abnormal (often pre-cancerous) cells, HPV, and cervical cancer, involves a quick scrape of the cervix to test cells. It takes all of 5 seconds and often saves women’s lives when something abnormal is detected.
President Obama clearly thinks PAP smears are important, or at least he keeps saying so when he insists that Planned Parenthood needs its $487 million a year from the government. He keeps saying it’s for “mammograms and cervical cancer screenings.” Well, we know he keeps lying about the mammograms when even the national media, a federal agency, and Planned Parenthood itself say it doesn’t do mammograms, but he keeps saying it. So there are no mammograms, but certainly we need to give Planned Parenthood money for cervical cancer screenings? Except the guidelines just changed this year, partly in partnership with, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and now what most women got annually they now get every 3 to 5 years. Coincidentally, this task force is a part of the HHS, the very same folks who worked on the birth control mandate and health care plan. Surprise.
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