If you think health care is a woman’s responsibility, you’re not alone.
It’s the other way around.
We’ve all been there.
I once attended a meeting with my colleagues in a crowded room where I was being grilled by a colleague who, after several rounds of questions, finally asked, “Do you have a problem with your health?”
I told her I did.
“What do you mean you have no problem?” she asked.
“You don’t have a health problem,” I replied.
“No, but you don’t feel good,” she said.
“Well, it’s a real thing,” I said.
She told me I was right.
She was right to feel that way.
The ACA has done a great job of getting people to take advantage of health care, but we need to be honest with ourselves about why.
We need to get to the bottom of why the ACA isn’t working and fix it.
The first step is acknowledging we need more female health care providers.
The second step is admitting that women’s healthcare is not what women are looking for in health care.
The third step is recognizing that health care costs are higher for women, and it is women’s responsibility to pay for the health care they need.
But the ACA has failed women, even in the face of overwhelming evidence that women are the healthiest people on earth.
In fact, women in America spend twice as much on health care as men.
So what can we do?
First, we need a real conversation about how to make sure the ACA makes health care affordable for women.
Second, we must take steps to create more female-led, community-led health care systems.
We also need to recognize the need for health care for everyone, including women.
We can and must move beyond the myths that health is for women and instead, we should look at how we can give women the best care.