Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Why Women Owe A Debt of Gratitude to Nancy Pelosi

Women across this nation will come to thank Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for taking down the barriers for health care.


.....Among the immediate effects for women, insurance companies will no longer be able to charge higher premiums on the basis of gender. Kirsten Sloan, vice president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, says, "Every woman who has been overcharged because of her gender won a victory."

Nancy Taylor, an attorney and the former health policy director for the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, believes the bill provides women with greater information and health care purchasing power for themselves and their families. Preventative services like mammograms and immunizations, for example, will be fully covered by private health plans and Medicare.

The National Partnership for Women & Families notes that all health plans will also now be required to cover maternity and newborn care, as well as pediatric services expanded to include dental and vision care. Medicaid will expand services to pregnant women and new mothers, offering more family planning services, home visiting programs and postpartum education and support. Working moms will also get a boost, as employers will be required to offer breaks and space for nursing mothers to pump breast milk.....

The Republicans have had no new ideas and no solutions for the problems we face. They continued to repeat their worn out phrases of tax cuts for the rich, and tort reform. Those Republican suggestions amounted to nothing new.

On the other hand, Nancy Pelosi's leadership on health care reform will help every American woman get the health care they need, and this will dramatically improve our lives.