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04/08/2006

Your cervix and the next recipients of the Super Bowl trophy will thank you

The U.S. Senate is currently considering S.1955, a measure that opponents are calling the "Lose Your Benefits" bill.  Formally and doublespeakfully titled the Health Insurance Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act, this bill would allow insurance companies to flat-out ignore nearly all state laws that require coverage for certain conditions or treatments — you know, those little extras like cervical cancer screening, bone marrow transplants, alcoholism and drug abuse treatment, mental health services, breast reconstruction, minimum maternity stay, provision of diabetic supplies, inclusion of domestic partners in policy coverage, direct access to your OB-GYN, continuity of care during pregnancy, mammography, contraceptives, infertility diagnosis and treatment...

Now, this is the part where you're supposed to be hearing a needle dragging abruptly across a record, if you are old enough to remember records.  If you are not old enough to remember records, you are too young to be reading my blog, because I am about to filth it up good.

I'm sure the distinguished dingus who sponsored this bill, Senator Michael Enzi of Wyoming, is a perfectly nice man — he does, after all, like ice cream, fishing, and Wyoming's largest illegal grow op tomatoes — but his record on issues that matter to me is abysmal.  If you ask me, it sounds like Sen. Enzi (R., duh), deserves the colorectal screening of his ever-loving life.  As I am not a medical professional, I am unfamiliar with the instruments normally used in such a procedure, but, heck, I'm resourceful and could probably figure something out.

If Enzi's bill is passed into law, people in every state could lose health care benefits (PDF) that insurers are currently required by law to offer.  Whether you're fortunate enough to have state-mandated infertility coverage, or buying oral contraceptives for the cost of a reasonable co-pay, or contemplating a hospital stay to give birth, or, heck, just walking around, minding your own business, while your cervix quietly does its thing, take note.

And please take action.  Contact your senator and urge him or her to oppose S.1955.

Many thanks to art-sweet for the heads up and for a boilerplate letter you can copy and send.

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