Anne (netmouse) wrote,

Oh Noes!!! Someone wanted to put preventive health care into the stimulus bill!!! Idiots must block!

As has been noted in comments, the economic stimulus bill was perhaps not the best place to try to reform social policy about family planning services, funding and availability. But please do let congress and the white house know you support those concepts in general, and you hope to see them passed soon, even if in separate legislation.

Urgent: Family planning stripped from stimulus bill

Dear Anne,

I'm stunned. We've just confirmed news reports that provisions
to expand access to affordable family planning will be stripped
from the economic stimulus bill. Removing this provision is a
betrayal of millions of low-income women, and it will place an
even greater burden on state budgets that are already strained
to the breaking point.

We need you to take action now by calling the White House and
voicing your support for the Medicaid Family Planning State
Option. Call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 to
speak out now -- click here for more details on what to say, and
to let us know you called:

I was frustrated when I saw a parade of legislators and talking
heads on television this weekend spreading false information
about this commonsense bill. House Minority Leader John Boehner
even claimed that the provision would cost millions of dollars
-- when the fact is it would save the federal government $700
million over 10 years.

I was even more shocked to read today that congressional leaders
have taken these false arguments seriously and will remove
family planning provisions from the stimulus bill. It's time for
Washington to hear from the millions of Americans who support
commonsense policies that invest in health care and help ease
the economic downturn.

Call the White House at 202-456-1111 -- it's a quick and easy
way to make a big impact. Click here for more details on what to
say, and to report back to Planned Parenthood on your call:

A phone call is the best way to make your voice heard, but if
you can't make the call, you can send an e-mail here:

Let me be clear. The Medicaid Family Planning State Option is a
simple way to make health care affordable for millions of
Americans. It would do two important things:

1. It would allow millions of women to obtain basic health
care. It would extend safety-net health care coverage for
millions who are losing their jobs and health insurance in the
economic downturn. Studies estimate that 2.3 million low-income
women would receive coverage under this provision by 2014, and
500,000 women would be able to avoid unintended pregnancies.

2. In these difficult times, this provision would save states
money. State budgets are being squeezed by the economic
downturn, just as millions are losing their jobs and health
insurance. The Medicaid Family Planning State Option not only
would help states extend their coverage, it would generate
savings for states and the federal government by expanding
access to preventive care.

Please, take two minutes now to help us raise a public outcry.
Click here for details you can use on your call, and to let us
know you spoke out:

Thank you so much for speaking out, and please stay tuned for
more details on this critical issue.


Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America

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