The Affordable Care Act has run into its fair share of problems, both with technical issues and criticism from Republicans and many Americans. While some have valid points, one right-wing talker has gone off the rail...again.
The biggest issue that the new health care law has today is the computer glitches the healthcare.org website has been having. Open to criticism, President Obama voiced his frustration with the website, but has stated that issues will be fixed by the end of November. Following the government shutdown and the computer glitches, President Obama has watched his approval rating drop to an all time low of only 42 percent. With an economy still sluggish, unemployment falling, but at a slow pace and with popularity of Washington in general dropping, the president is at a cross roads in his second term.
One of the biggest critics of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act is one of the leading voices in the right-wing media, Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh went on the attack during his Halloween edition of his radio show, claiming that women's health care, such a breast pumps and birth control pills, were the equivalent to welfare, not insurance.
"I think, as usual, folks, Obama has things exactly backwards. Insurance is being stretched to cover things it should never have to cover and it didn't have to cover until Obamacare came along and mandated these things get covered, and all it does is drive up prices like breast pumps and birth control pills and wellness plans. I mean, it's all of that stuff, all of this touchy-feely liberal do-good stuff that ought never be part of insurance policies. Buy your own birth control pill! Buy your own breast pump!
That's not a health issue. It used to be our choice to go out and by a birth control pill or not. It used to be our choice to go out and buy a breast pump. If you want that, pay for it yourself. But no! These things are now part of insurance. It's not insurance. It's welfare."
Republicans were defeated across the board in the 2012 election, from the local to the national level, the GOP and their conservative agenda were smacked down. One of the main reasons for the fall of the Republicans in 2012 was the way women decided to vote. The gender gap in the presidential election was wide, with 55 percent of women voting for the reelection of President Obama and only 44 percent casting their vote for his challenger, Republican Mitt Romney.
Many thought that Republicans would ease up on their anti-women rhetoric in an attempt to win back part of the female vote, but with talking heads like Rush Limbaugh continuing the attack with outrageous claims, the GOP will only continue to struggle as the 2014 mid term elections inch closer.