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The U.S. Senate has amended its health care legislation to require insurance companies to cover women’s preventive care, including annual screenings and free mammograms.

That’s good.

For women who can afford health insurance.

The other 17 million of us will just have to keep waiting.

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The Planned Parenthood Action Fund has created a petition for letting representatives know that women’s health care is not optional. I think the situation calls for significantly more action than just signing a petition, but it’s a start.

The Action Fund, by the way, is the PAC associated with Planned Parenthood’s political efforts. They tend to focus on issues of abortion rights, so it’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that’s all the organization does.

In fact, Planned Parenthood, sans Action Fund, is the nation’s largest provider of women’s health care. Just think about that for a second. Several business types, such as Peter Drucker, believe that the nonprofit sector is the American capitalist version of socialism. What does that imply? So many women are unable to afford health care through other channels that “socialized” medicine is already the norm. The critical difference is that, in this American version of socialism, their care still depends on the voluntary — and often inadequate — generosity of others.

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