Who in Washington really cares about women, especially the oldest, poorest, and sickest women in America, those so sick they can’t even leave their homes?

Of the 3.5 million elderly seniors in America who qualify for the home healthcare Medicare benefit because they are too sick to even leave their homes, about 2,060,000 are women.  And needlessly, they are the targets of the latest Obama administration Medicare healthcare cuts.  They will be hurt, along with the 480,000 women nurses who are scheduled to lose their jobs as 40 percent of the home health agencies for whom they now work are predicted by these latest cuts to go “under water.”  And they would be joined by the 2,625,000 young daughters who tend to be their family caregivers, and who would feel the weight of these latest 14 percent so-called rebasing cuts that come right out of ObamaCare. 

Thankfully several hundred congressmen and senators of both parties tried to convince the president not to authorize these cuts, but the White House approved these cuts anyway.

So who really cares about these women, cares enough to author legislation to stop these across the board cuts; cuts that hurt the best performing home health agencies along with the worst performers, alike?

Interestingly, it is Republican Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), along with 31 other prominent Republican House members - including Reps. Charles BoustanyCharles William BoustanyDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Americans worried about retirement should look to employee ownership Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns MORE (La.), Renee Ellmers (N.C.), Sam GravesSamuel (Sam) Bruce GravesLawmakers left with more questions than answers on Trump infrastructure plan Five obstacles to Trump's infrastructure ambitions White House still eyeing gas tax hike to pay for infrastructure plan MORE (Mo.), Walter B. Jones. Jr. (N.C.), Peter King (N.Y.), Tom Latham (Iowa), David McKinleyDavid Bennett McKinleySenators offer bill to close rural-urban internet divide Lawmakers battle Trump, PhRMA on discount drug rule House rejects Democrat's resolution to impeach Trump MORE (W.Va.), Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersOvernight Health Care: GOP chair blasts DEA over opioid enforcement | House passes bill to ease ObamaCare calorie rule | Patient groups oppose 'right to try' drug bill Overnight Regulation: EPA sued over water rule delay | House passes bill to ease ObamaCare calorie rule | Regulators talk bitcoin | Patient groups oppose FDA 'right to try' bill House passes bill to ease menu labeling rules under ObamaCare MORE (Wash.), Jeff Miller (Fla.), Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoAt least Alzheimer’s research is bringing Washington together Overnight Tech: Intel chief says 'no doubt' Russia will meddle in midterms | Dems press FCC over net neutrality comments | Bill aims to bridge rural-urban digital divide | FCC to review rules on children's TV Senators offer bill to close rural-urban internet divide MORE (W.Va.), Jim SensenbrennerFrank (Jim) James Sensenbrenner2018: Time for Congress to listen — or face the consequences After 'foreign surveillance' law, Congress must demand answers from intelligence community Oprah could be Democrats’ key to beating Trump MORE (Wis.), and Lee Terry (Neb.) - who have authored the Securing Access Via Excellence for (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Care Act of 2014, designed to replace these unnecessary cuts with a budget neutral “value purchasing” plan that protects the best quality home healthcare providers while penalizing only the questionable performers, truly a health care quality outcomes based idea.

Now it’s time to find out who really cares about these, the most vulnerable women in America.  Who will join these thoughtful, caring Republicans in sponsoring this bill and helping to preserve home health care services and jobs for millions of women who would love to spend their elderly years in the warmth and comfort of their own homes, rather than being denied their home healthcare benefits and forced into expensive institutional care?

Will more Republicans demonstrate how much they truly care for their aging mothers and grandmothers by co-sponsoring the bill?  Will Democrats, who earlier urged the President not to approve these unnecessary cruel cuts, also join them in supporting this good bill? Only time will tell. But in time, we all will learn who really care and who only say they do.

Tauzin served in the House from 1980 to 2005, as a Democrat until 1995 when he swiched to the Republican Party. He was president and CEO of PhRMA, the pharmaceutical industry lobbying group from 2005 to 2010 and is currently with Tauzin Consultants, a government relations and advocacy firm.