Letter to the editor: Obamacare gives women necessary choices

Monica Diaz

As a young woman, I am deeply disturbed by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s stance on women’s health care. They want to thrust us back into the ’50s when the pill wasn’t accessible, birth control was illegal and insurance companies ruled over women’s health care decisions.

Romney and Ryan are committed to overturning Obamacare. While this is horrible news in general, it is even more horrendous for someone like me. Prior to Obamacare, health insurance companies refused to cover many of the health services women need. In fact, in some cases they’d charge women 50 percent merely for being women. Obamacare has given women the control we need. As a young American, I have to worry about school and eventually getting a job, along with the day-to-day issues that affect all of us. It’s nice not having to worry about my health insurance too. Thanks to Obamacare, I will be able to stay on my parents’ plan until I’m 26. Thanks to Obamacare, I don’t have to get approval from my employer to gain access to birth control. Thanks to Obamacare, I will have access to countless preventative services like cervical cancer screenings and pap smears at no extra cost.

I find it troubling Romney and Ryan are so blindly committed to their ideology that they’ll sacrifice my health and the health of all Iowa women. Right now we have a president who defends women’s reproductive health care and works to increase our access to quality and affordable care. As women, we need to work together to re-elect President Barack Obama, because unlike Romney and Ryan, he trusts and supports our right to make our own health care decisions.