While You Were Dreaming of a Future That Values Women, the Senate Voted Not to Cover Your Birth Control Anymore
Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood’s president Cecile Richards told CNN that the organization saw a 900 percent increase in demand for IUDs after the presidential election. With Trump’s very vocal opinions about repealing Obamacare (AKA the Affordable Care Act), the future of women’s healthcare has been scarily uncertain. And so, women flocked to Planned Parenthood to get one of the few forms of birth control that will outlast Trump’s presidential term.
As the events of last night have proved, all those concerns were warranted and entirely legit. While you were dreaming of an era that values women’s healthcare, the Senate voted against requiring insurance companies to cover the cost of birth control for women enrolled in the ACA.
— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) January 12, 2017
The vote was part of the ACA repeal process that is currently underway. Voting on the act’s amendments late last night took nearly seven hours. Democratic members fought to keep benefits like contraception coverage and pre-existing condition protection (which affects pregnant women on the plan), but lost on all democratic-led fronts due to the current Republican majority.
Kirsten Gillibrand's fierce defense of contraception coverage and other women's health protections under Obamacare. pic.twitter.com/Hfm5X6euWN
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) January 12, 2017
Kirsten Gillibrand made a strong argument in defense of birth control coverage before casting her ballot (see video of that above). Elizabeth Warren also made a statement before voting. Shouting over the gavel, Warren said, “On behalf of the Republicans and Democrats who worked for a decade in Massachusetts to bring health care to 97 percent of our people, I vote no.”
Just to add a little bit of context to the decision, this now requires 55 million women to pay out-of-pocket for contraceptives. That cost will vary from state to state, but on average one 30-day pack of oral birth control can cost almost $200.
In addition to these two female-focused repeals, the Senate also voted not to allow young adults (under 26) to stay on their parents’ plan or to protect Medicare, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Voted down tonight in Senate
❌ Keep preexisting conditions protection
❌ Let young adults stay on parents plan
❌ Keep contraceptive coverage
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) January 12, 2017
So, that’s scary. What happens now? The voting that went down last night was part of a budget reconciliation plan that will now go to the House. They’re expected to approve that by tomorrow. Then the House will then draft and approve its own bill on the ACA repeal that will be sent back to the Senate for another vote. If approved by them (which it likely will be), it will be sent to Trump’s desk to approve.
At the news conference Trump gave yesterday, he explained that after a secretary of the Health and Human Services Department is put in office, “It will be repeal and replace. It will be essentially simultaneously. It will be various segments, you understand, but will most likely be on the same day or the same week, but probably the same day, could be the same hour. Very complicated stuff,” he added.
Currently, there aren’t many details about what exactly those Trump-approved replacements would be, but if the repeal and replacement aren’t simultaneous, as many as 30 million people could end up uninsured.
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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