Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Female Senators Stand Up for Women’s Health Care

Last Friday, Jodi Jacobson at RHRealityCheck gave a much deserved shout out to nine female senators for standing up for women in the health care debate.

Watch this video of Senators Gillibrand (D-NY), Stabenow (D-MI), Landrieu (D- LA), Shaheen (D-NH), Murray (D-WA), and Mikulski (D-MD) describing the discrimination women face in the current health insurance system.

Many of the Senators cited the “pre-existing conditions” that some insurance companies use to deny women coverage: being pregnant, intending to adopt, or even being a victim of domestic violence.

Maryland’s own Barbara Mikulski packed a fiery punch: “When it comes to health insurance we women pay more and get less… We want equal access and equal benefits for equal premiums!”

Later that night, the women of the Senate took the message to the nation, appearing on CNN’s Larry King Live. Senator Murray summed up their goal: “We want to make sure this insurance reform passes, so that women aren’t second class citizens anymore.”

It’s great to see that the women Senators are standing up for women, and the public is recognizing that health care reform is a woman’s issue!

Please take a moment to send Senator Mikulski a message of thanks for supporting women in the health care debate. Contact her through her website.

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