Eight new health care benefits under the Affordable Care Act, including no cost birth control and better preventative care coverage, go into effect for America's women on Wednesday.
The new benefits include low or no cost contraceptives, breast-feeding supplies, screenings for sexually transmitted infections, counseling for domestic violence, breast and pelvic exam check-ups, pap smear tests and prenatal care.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius hailed the coming into force of the new provisions, saying they will benefit 47 million American women.
"Too often, we put our own health last, and that's especially true when it come to preventive care. The regular checkups and screenings that are so important to staying healthy but can be too easy to put off," Sebelius said at a press conference with Democratic senators.
Many of the new female health care provisions under ACA are not controversial. However, one new rule requiring employers to provide no cost contraception to their employees is already drawing legal challenges. (Legal challenges that will ultimately fail.)
And remember ladies, THESE are the benefits that the Republicans are determined to repeal. Including that gaffe machine extraordinaire Mitt Romney.
For women at least this election should be a no-brainer. Also for blacks, Hispanics, middle income Americans, younger Americans, military members, small business people, and anybody with a working cerebral cortex.
So I guess the only ones who should be against Obama in this next election are stupid rich people and Palin-bots.