Newspaper article Roll Call

Taking Care of Our Nation's Seniors and Women

Newspaper article Roll Call

Taking Care of Our Nation's Seniors and Women

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When Obamacare was sold to the American people, it was sold under the guise it would improve our access to and quality of health care. It was relayed to us that this law would bring about fairness and equality to women. But the reality is that this law has failed us - and it has failed women in particular. So when Obamacare called for a whopping 14 percent cut to Medicare's home health funding, it became clear that little regard was given to potential consequences. The Obama administration overlooked the devastating repercussions this would have on our nation's 3.5 million home health beneficiaries - 60 percent of whom are women.

The home health care industry is one that is overwhelmingly comprised of women, and as such, it is women who will be disproportionately affected by these onerous cuts. In addition to the direct impact on patients, there are serious consequences for those who serve this population in a professional capacity.

As 90 percent of home health professionals are women, nearly 448,000 women are now at risk of losing their jobs. Nearly half a million women nationwide - all of whom have built their careers around serving our nation's elderly - could be forced into the growing ranks of the unemployed.

Despite promises that Obamacare would benefit women and encourage affordability, it has done the exact opposite in my home state. Senior women in North Carolina were hit particularly hard by the health care law, as premiums have practically tripled for the average 64-year-old woman in North Carolina. In Hoke, Moore and Harnett counties, senior women have experienced increases of more than 200 percent, with an average premium jump of $450 a month. Ludicrous doesn't even begin to describe these spikes in pricing.

Like the senior women in North Carolina's second district, Medicare's home health care program is just one more victim of Obamacare. This renowned program treats illness and injury for some of our nation's oldest, sickest and most vulnerable patients - a majority of whom happen to be women. Yet now, the program is suffocating from senseless cuts imposed by a misguided law better known as Obamacare. …

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