Stiletto Nation: a new agenda for women

Mandates like these are why a majority of the American people opposed the new health care law last spring and support its repeal today.  The current health care system is far from perfect, but the new health care law moves the system in the wrong direction.  Empowering bureaucrats to dictate what all health insurance policies must contain reduces individual choice and will drive insurance costs higher.  Forcing employers to spend more on health insurance will discourage job creation and can reduce take-home pay.  Granting government so much control over the treatments made available to Americans can discourage investment in research and medical innovation, which is critical to improving the prospects for those suffering from the deadliest diseases.

The next Congress needs to focus on new reforms that make insurance more affordable and accessible, without sacrificing medical quality and granting so much control to Washington’s bureaucracy.

Finally, politicians all talk about education reform, yet years slip by while schools tinker with the status quo.  Throwing money at public schools will not make them better.  Policymakers need to consider meaningful, systematic reform in which everything is on the table.  They should focus on empowering parents, giving families more options, and supporting teacher excellence in all of our public schools.  America’s K-12 public schools need to compete for customers just like every other entity in America.  This will be the best way to ensure quality and efficiency.

This November, women voters won’t be focused on a small set of “women’s issues,” and they certainly won’t cast ballots out of a feeling of sisterhood.  This election will determine the role of government in our lives for years to come, and women know their ballots can make the difference.

Michelle D. Bernard is President and CEO of the Independent Women’s Forum and a Political Analyst for MSNBC.  Hers is the seventh installment in our fall series, “Stiletto Nation.”