Seeing the healthcare situation in other countries makes me appreciate our health service, paid for as it is through pay-as-you-earn contributions so it’s always there when and if you need it without having to worry about whether you can afford the treatment or whether insurance will cover it. Healthcare should be a universal basic human right in the 21st century.


Martha Burk

Money Editor, Ms. magazine; director, Corporate Accountability Project, National Council of Women’s Organizations

Women’s health has been under attack to an unprecedented degree for the past year — until Thursday. In upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Roberts Court threw a hand grenade at those who are waging an unrelenting “war on women” using access to health care as the main battering ram. The decision may not stop the war, but it surely feels good to win such a decisive battle.

While preserving the law will benefit virtually all Americans, women will gain the most. Big wins:

Birth control will be covered as a preventative measure, without co-pays. Yes, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will continue their assault on this basic service, but they’re now less likely to prevail. Other very important but less visible preventative services like pap smears, mammograms, and domestic violence screenings will…

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