Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi Advocates Health Care Reform, Emphasizes What Women Will Gain

October 14, 2009

On October 6, 2009, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi,   along with Congresswomen Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH), Gwen Moore (D-WI), and Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal, held a press event calling to attention the importance of Health Care Reform to the women of America. She outlined what women stood to gain from the Health Care Bill, stating

We will be finalizing a bill soon, and among its provisions, it will address the issue that women are charged nearly 50 percent more than men for the same coverage when they purchase insurance in the individual market…We will eliminate co-pays and deductibles for recommended preventive services, such as early screenings, mammograms, well baby care, well child care, and maternity services...If you have ever had a c-section, pre-existing medical condition. Or being a victim of domestic violence. Think of this, you have survived domestic violence and now you are discriminated in the insurance market because you have a pre-existing medical condition. Well, that will all be gone under this legislation.”