Does a Candidate's Position on Health Care Affect Your Vote?

FlickrAs we reported last week here on this blog, President Obama's re-election campaign is hoping that women will be the key to winning the November election.

This news was a front page story in The New York Times on Sunday. Reporter Jackie Calmes wrote that Obama's campaign would use the debate over the new health care law to highlight differences between Democrats and Republicans on issues that affect women in particular, from abortion to contraception

This comes, of course, in direct contrast to the Republican presidential candidates' stance on the new law. Every GOP candidate has pledged to repeal the health care law if elected.

With so much focus right now on our nation's health care system, this week we're asking our political bloggers the following question:

How important are a candidate's views and proposed policies on health care when it comes to your vote? What do you think about having universal health care in America?


For background on the healthcare law, what it does now, and what it will do if it remains in effect, check out our CafeMom video:

As part of this effort, "Nurses for Obama" will debut on Wednesday. Nurses in communities across the country have pledged to advocate for the health care law in their towns. And millions of voters on Obama's email list will be sent links to videos about some of the people who've benefited from the law since it went into effect.

You can understand why the Obama campaign is hoping that women in particular get behind this law ...

For one thing, it mandates that all FDA forms of contraception must be available to women at no additional co-pay or deductible charge. You may personally disagree with this part of the law, but statistically, 98 percent of women (including Catholic women) use or have used contraception -- that's a pretty solid base of potential supporters.

The law also will prohibit insurance companies from charging women more than men for medical service. Insurance data shows that women currently pay a significantly higher cost for insurance than their male counterparts.

Add to this the fact that the law currently bans health plans from limiting or denying benefits or coverage for a child younger than age 19 because of a pre-existing condition, and you've got the ears of many moms.

For an opposing view to the new law -- one that covers women's issues in particular -- check out what the Cato Institute's Doug Bandow had to say about it in a recent issue of American Spectator.

See what our Moms Matter 2012 political bloggers have to say:

The Health of Our Nation Depends on Health Care

Obama's Health Care Law Is Great for Government Power Grab, But Devastating to Moms

Give Me Universal Health Care

The Government Can't Afford to Foot the Health Care Bill

Repealing Obamacare Will Be the Most Important Thing Our Next President Will Accomplish


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