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What The American Health Care Act Means For Women’s Health

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Planned Parenthood volunteers rallying for women's health to be included in health care reform.

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are expected to vote on the American Health Care Act Thursday. The bill would replace the Affordable Care Act, former President Obama’s signature legislation. Approval of the AHCA would mean approximately 24 million people could lose health care coverage by 2026, according to an estimate released last week by the Congressional Budget Office. 

Many people also worry that the AHCA would inhibit healthcare for women by cutting Medicaid benefits and decreasing funds to Planned Parenthood. Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with Lisa Levenstein, professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, about the history of women’s health care in the U.S. and the potential implications of the AHCA.

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Phoebe Judge is an award-winning journalist whose work has been featured on a numerous national radio programs. She regularly conducts interviews and anchors WUNC's broadcast of Here & Now. Previously, Phoebe served as producer, reporter and guest host for the nationally distributed public radio program The Story. Earlier in her career, Phoebe reported from the gulf coast of Mississippi. She covered the BP oil spill and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for Mississippi Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. Phoebe's work has won multiple Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards. Phoebe was born and raised in Chicago and is graduate of Bennington College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.