Michele Carpenter, MD, chief of staff and a breast surgeon with St. Joseph
Hospital, Orange, discusses the effect the repeal or replacement of the
Affordable Care Act (ACA) may have on women’s health.
The current administration’s proposed repeal and replacement of the
Affordable Care Act is on the minds of a lot of women in Orange County.
Politics aside, every day in my office patients ask me questions about
what the future holds for women with breast cancer and those who are undergoing
screenings for early detection.
I can understand their worry, which unfortunately is piled upon their anxieties
about their battle with breast cancer.
While many in my profession have debated the merits of the ACA and its
changes to how we as physicians and surgeons practice medicine, most doctors
do believe the law improved health care for women, particularly in providing
incentives for preventive screenings. The law made it affordable for Orange
County women (and men) to get preventive tests, such as mammography or