October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM).*
Many of us buy products in the traditional pink, a percentage of profits going to cancer research organizations or to the NBCAM alliance. Nationally, there are fundraisers including marathon runs and walks for the cause.
Even the Giants and Jets get in the act padding their goalposts in pink. And of course all of us can contribute our time or money directly to organizations such as the American Cancer Society or Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
But most importantly, more American women will get the message and start a process that includes regular breast screenings.
The statistics are brutal: 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime with 1 in 36 succumbing to it, making it the second most deadly cancer for women, right behind lung cancer.
Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Medicare and most private health plans now cover women’s preventive health care – such as mammograms and screenings for cervical cancer –with no co-pays or other out-of-pocket costs.
This means women can receive the services they need to detect or prevent breast cancer before it spreads or becomes fatal, without worrying about paying for these services out of their own pockets.
According to Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, more than 6 million women with Medicare received free mammograms last year because of the health care act that we now refer to as Obamacare.
The facts are clear: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a powerful tool that protects women and their families.
Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen voted against the Affordable Care Act. He is on record – as recently as an article published Oct 11, 2012 – supporting the Republican plan to abolish the Affordable Health Care Act.
The conclusion is obvious: Rodney Frelinghuysen does not have women’s best interests at heart and doesn’t deserve their vote.
Editor's note: We have decided to re-feature this blog post by Arvanites to provide a refresher for Nutley voters; Arvanites is the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 11th District. Election Day is Tuesday.