Thursday, April 12, 2012

Opposite Land

Today in our thriving democracy, a candidate for the highest office in the land can convey messages that are the exact opposite of reality, with very little in the way of repercussion or notice. The New York Times reports that the Romney campaign will "outline how they believe women have suffered under Obama's administration".

There it is.  The total opposite of crystal clear reality.  Starting with the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Act that creates the most strict enforcement of equal pay for equal work in our nation's history, the Obama Administration has undoubtedly been the most pro-women administration of all time.  The Affordable Health Care Act established that "being a woman will no longer be treated as a pre-existing condition" to use the words of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX).  'Obamacare' bans insurance companies from the regular practice of charging women more for health care, and dropping a woman's coverage if she becomes pregnant or sick.  The Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 prevents denial(s) of health care for pre-existing conditions such as breast or ovarian cancer, and this historic legislation blocks health insurance companies from imposing 'life-time limits' on a mother's children, that have effectively left young children with chronic conditions to die. 

President Obama has also created the Council on Women and Girls which was designed to consult the administration on all matters before it.  As Barack Obama continues to advocate for the largest group in the country, the President's accomplishments in bettering the lives of women in America are now entered into history.  Surely Mitt Romney has some history that represents his feelings and opinions on the place of women in our society, and it will be interesting to see what the spotlight of this election year shines on in that regard.  Beware of opposites.  The Romney campaign will ensure there are more to come.

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