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Obamacare has been great for women’s health

Americans remain deeply divided over the Affordable Care Act, particularly along party lines, with the majority of Democrats supporting former President Barack Obama’s 2010 health insurance overhaul, and most Republicans (and President Donald Trump) rejecting it.

But a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine claims that the Affordable Care Act (or the ACA, or “Obamacare”) has had “significant benefits” for women, with the greatest outcomes for low-income women below the federal poverty level.

The report notes that women faced challenges prior to the ACA that discouraged or prevented about one-third of them from getting affordable insurance and health care, citing examples such as: gender rating (women were charged higher insurance premiums than men); not being covered for pre-existing conditions (which included pregnancy or being a victim of domestic violence); and being denied coverage for maternity care and contraceptives.

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