Obama to tout access to mammograms, cancer screenings under healthcare reform

President Obama's health plan will take center stage tomorrow when he meets with women who will tell their personal stories of how the law has already helped them and he promotes benefits available to women, including mammograms and cancer screenings, under the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

Obama is also expected to urge mothers to sign up their uninsured children for coverage when healthcare exchanges roll out in October. 

The event will promote the implementation of the healthcare law, which is opposed by Republicans, who argue that the sweeping legislation will result in wage cuts, lost jobs and higher health insurance premiums, according to USA Today.

But during a news conference last month, Obama said that in a country as wealthy as the United States no one should go bankrupt due to sickness because they don't have healthcare, according to a Kaiser Health News article

"If we keep that in mind," he said, "then we're going to be able to drive down costs, we're going to be able to improve efficiencies in the system, we're going to be able to see people benefit from better healthcare--and that will save the country money as a whole over the long term."

Meanwhile, the Energy & Commerce Committee reports that House Republicans continue to put the heat on the Obama administration, stating that compliance with the Affordable Care Act will now take roughly 190 million hours per year--or enough time to construct the Empire State Building 27 times.

The latest "Obamacare Burden Tracker," which the House Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and the Workforce Committees uses to track the administration's policies and mandates affecting employers and families, has increased to almost 190 million hours. They say that every hour and dollar spent complying with the healthcare law takes away time with family, business and job creation.

To learn more:
- read the Bloomberg article
- here's the Kaiser story
- read the Energy & Commerce Committee statement
- check out the USA Today article