The Trump White House is continuing to attack women, this time with Senator Lindsey Graham and Senator Bill Cassidy's proposed new healthcare bill. The new bill, which is being referred to as the Graham-Cassidy bill, is projected to cut healthcare access for millions of Americans, and women, as per usual, are being targeted disproportionately.
It will give states more power to allocate federal funding.
As research has uncovered in the past, the most pro-life states also happen to have the most limitations regarding women's healthcare. In fact, women in these states, on average, experience higher rates of physical impairments, domestic abuse, and emotional health problems. This can be attributed to a lack of state legislation protecting women from these issues, and/or a lack of legislation working to help women seek care. If states get more freedom to establish the needs of their population, as this bill has proposed, many women will be screwed.
It targets young working women.
While the Graham-Cassidy bill will keep the ACA provision allowing patients to remain on their parents' insurance plan until age 26, those transitioning out of their parents' healthcare plans will have a harder time adding to their healthcare savings.
The new bill will force patients to make a higher maximum contribution for tax-free healthcare savings. According to CNN Money, individuals would have to set aside $6,650 instead of $3,400, and families would have to set aside $13,300 instead of $6,750. Not only will this put an added financial burden on single working women who continue to make less than men, this will be especially detrimental to working single mothers who may not have $13,300 to set aside.