As of 2014, “gender rating”—where insurers can charge women higher premiums than men—becomes illegal in all new individual and small group plans.
Currently only 12 percent of plans sold in the individual market offer maternity coverage. Once the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented, about 8.7 million women will have guaranteed access to maternity and newborn care in all new individual and small group plans.
It’s common in today’s market for insurers to refuse to cover women because of gender-based “preexisting conditions.” These conditions can include issues such as having had breast cancer or a Caesarean section or having been a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault. This practice, too, will be outlawed under Obamacare in 2014.
Under Obamacare, insurers are now required to cover critical preventive services such as mammograms, Pap smears, and well-baby care without cost sharing.
In addition, starting this August, more services specifically for women will be added to the list of preventive care that must be covered at no additional cost. That list includes contraception, gestational diabetes screening, breastfeeding counseling and equipment, annual well-woman care (in other words, a visit to the OB-GYN), and screening and counseling for domestic violence and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and the human papillomavirus.
Other benefits for women include the ability to see their OB-GYN without a referral, guaranteed breaks and a private space for nursing moms to pump breast milk while at work, and home visiting programs for at-risk new mothers.
I guess these are some of the reasons why the GOP, who has engaged in a full on war against women, dosen’t want Obamacare in place: it gives women the same rights as men when it comes to be treated for health issues.
“Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women. Thank you. Good luck. The first act of your life is over. Welcome to the best years of your lives.”—
The ending of Nora Ephron’s commencement address to the Wellesley Class of 1996. RIP. (via bananacalamari)
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I was emailing with my dad last night and telling him about Adam Carolla’s comments that “dudes are funnier than chicks,” “they make you hire a certain number of chicks, and they’re always the least funny on the writing staff.”
My dad is in his seventies, was raised in the working class town of Lawrence, Massachusetts in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s and probably hasn’t taken one women’s studies class in his life - he technically is not your typical candidate for being more of a feminist than I am.
My dad gets livid at these stupid comments about women and he put his thoughts down in an email to me. Again - this is a guy from the generation where women WERE barefoot and pregnant and he is HORRIFIED at how backwards things seem to be going and the way that men of my generation treat their sisters. If more men were like my dad, girls wouldn’t ever have to feel like second class citizens. Love you Big Ron!
(So, I say to you young men who SHOULD FUCKING KNOW BETTER below is an email from a man who isn’t afraid of women….. my dad re: Adam Carolla and the whole “women aren’t funny thing”)
These modern day men that think women are not funny and this guy that has come forward and said comedy is a man’s game and that women are not good comedy writers or comedians, I take with a grain of salt. This “pretty famous guy” sounds like he’s from the Middle East.
I ask you, what would “I Love Lucy” be without Lucille Ball. Sid Caesar show without Imogene Cocoa. Mary Tyler Moore Show without Mary Tyler Moore. Laugh In without Ruth Buzzi or Goldie Hawn. George Burns Show without Gracie Allen. Mama’s Family without Carol Burnett and Vicky Lawrence. And The Carol Burnett show without Carol Burnett. Whitney Cummings new show. Chelsea Lately Show without Chelsea Handler and the female comedians. These are a few shows that come to mind. Another thing, these ladies were and are all good Business Managers.
Comedy is not only a man’s game but also a women’s game. Always remember, women understand men but men do not understand women. Therefore, men are taking a back seat and they don’t appreciate that. This is America and people are entitled say what they want - right, wrong or indifferent. Women are usually right more than men.
When some guy says as a rule comedy is a man’s game really irks me. I’ll tell you why. This guy probably feels that doctors and lawyers is a man’s game. Politicians is a man’s game. They probably still think that women should be kept in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant. By the same token he probably feels that only women should be teachers and not men, only women should be stewardess and not men, only women should be nurses and not men. You get the picture.
It’s a good thing these guys weren’t running our country during WWII. Women ran our factories in producing all our war material and even flew planes from America overseas to foreign countries for our pilots to fly in combat. Women even started the professional women’s baseball team during the war.
I have seen a lot of comedy shows at the MGM and the Foxwoods Theater at Foxwoods Casino. I personally think women comedians are as equal to men comedians if not better than their male counterpart. I personally would rather attend a show with female comedians than male comedians. - Love, Dad”
My dad is in his seventies, was raised in the working class town…
The New York Post published an interview with Adam Carolla on Sunday in which he said, among other things, “dudes are funnier than chicks,” and, regarding writing for television, “they make you hire a certain number of chicks, and they’re always the least funny on the writing staff.”
I disagree, and I know what I’m talking about.
In 1998, I was a senior studying acting at NYU. I was crazy about comedy, but I hadn’t thought about making it my sole focus. One day a friend told me to go see these folks called the Upright Citizens Brigade do a long-form improvised show called “ASSSSCAT.” I did, and my whole world got fucked in the ass. I was RIVETED - NAILED - and otherwise fastened to the floor watching the UCB 4, Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, create the highest octane, uncut, funniest entertainment I had ever seen. I felt like I had my own little “Innerspace” Martin Short flying a tiny vessel around my brain, shooting endorphin missiles into every corner of my grey matter. I’m excited thinking about it fourteen years later. And though the members of the UCB were 75% male, they always, always had female guest improvisers that brought the onstage ratio to about 50/50. Guests like Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, and Miriam Tolan. Women with VICIOUS, UNSTOPPABLE intellect and comedic chops that could take any man I have EVER SEEN do comedy out behind the barn and SPANK HIM until he cried “AUNTIE!”
Unbelievable focus, unbelievable comic generosity and unbelievable SMARTS rocketed back and forth on the stage, and as such, unbelievable LAUGHTER erupted from the sweaty audience packed into the dirty blackbox shithole the UCB used to call home. Blackbox - If there’s a flight recorder for the modern American comedy experience as we know it, where its DNA, itinerary, crew roster and manifesto reside, it is that theater where I saw women and men working together week in and week out to make the nasty shit - the essence.
I hope it’s not too esoteric, but as I watched these crack improvisers work together and combine their brainpower, you could feel their intelligence multiply, their focus sharpen, and what with the scientifically proven differences between women’s and men’s minds, you could actually see their thought processes meld in a way that DEPENDABLY produced vomit-inducingly funny stuff.
I learned there that the funniest thing in the world is not a group of men, nor is it a group of women. It’s women and men working together. And if you want to make a collaborative, funny project, be it a sketch group, an improv show, a movie or a TV show, you better the fuck involve women and men together in your endeavor, or it simply won’t be all that it could be.
Some years later, Twitter came on the scene and rather elegantly revealed how systemic sexism truly is in the world of comedy. Here we had a TRUE meritocracy. You didn’t have to get hired by a team of producers to get your jokes out there; if you were funny, you were going to get noticed, and that was that. For an exercise, name three hilarious women you discovered on Twitter and hadn’t heard of before. Easy to do, right? I know I could name three times three times three in a jiffy and then keep going.
Funny, I tried to hire Megan Amram, Jamie Denbo, Morgan Murphy, Chelsea Peretti, Molly McNearney, and Shelby Fero (all of them are women, despite some of them having trans-gendered names) to work on my Comedy Central pilot last year either as staff or consultants, and NONE OF THEM COULD DO IT BECAUSE THEY ALREADY HAD JOBS BECAUSE THEY’RE SO WORLD-CLASS FUNNY AND THEY WERE INDISPENSABLE TO THOSE EXCITING, ENVIABLE JOBS - JOBS THAT ANY MAN WOULD KILL FOR, BUT - GUESS WHAT - PROBABLY WOULDN’T BE AS GOOD AT. So I actually wound up having a staff that had more guys than women because I couldn’t get the women I wanted. How do you like them, apples, Matt Damon (who fucked the OTHERWORLDLILY FUNNY Sarah Silverman in that delightful music video we can all hum)? Tell me Matt Damon! Tell me about female apples!
And I don’t feel like a feminist as I write this. I feel like a humanist. I am a comedian, and I am and will remain a consumer of comedy until the day I die, and I know in my bones that the funniest shit in the world was, is and will remain women and men working together.
To suggest otherwise is ignorance.
I know, this is preaching to the choir and we’re all tired of this argument… but this is still great. Especially the humanist part at the end. Good on you, Rob Delaney.
The lesson you learned from a sexual harassment seminar was “Don’t hire chicks.” Do you hate working with women?
Adam Carolla: No. But they make you hire a certain number of chicks, and they’re always the least funny on the writing staff. The reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks. If my daughter has a mediocre sense of humor, I’m just gonna tell her, “Be a staff writer for a sitcom. Because they’ll have to hire you, they can’t really fire you, and you don’t have to produce that much. It’ll be awesome.”
The “are women funny” debate has grown very contentious. You’re not worried about reactions to this?
Carolla: I don’t care. When you’re picking a basketball team, you’ll take the brother over the guy with the yarmulke. Why? Because you’re playing the odds. When it comes to comedy, of course there’s Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Kathy Griffin — super-funny chicks. But if you’re playing the odds? No.
If Joy Behar or Sherri Shepherd was a dude, they’d be off TV. They’re not funny enough for dudes. What if Roseanne Barr was a dude? Think we’d know who she was? Honestly.
WOW. Just WOW.
Adam Carolla has been a disgusting idiot for a long time. Also, Roseanne Barr is pretty funny, and much funnier than Adam Carolla. I will never forgot the time I listened to his WTF episode on a train to Hoboken and I kept falling asleep and waking up to different snippets of hateful ignorance and the whole thing felt like a nightmare I could not shake.
I get the same shiver of disgust hearing Adam Carolla saying ‘honestly’ as I do hearing racists say bullshit racist shit.
Adam Carolla is a hack. I can’t think of a person whose opinion is less important. He can suck it.
Adam Carolla is hilarious, right you guys? Because hating on women and on people from different ethnicities is hilarious. Right? Right?
Saying that he is an asshole would actually be an insult to assholes everywhere.