Washington, DC Â The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National WomenÂs Law Center (NWLC):
ÂReports of the death of healthcare reform are greatly exaggerated.
ÂThe key reason why health reform is not deadÂand cannot be deadÂis that the 31 million plus reasons why we need health reform did not disappear with yesterdayÂs news of the Massachusetts Senatorial election. The problems of a dearth of affordable health care, rampant insurance discrimination, gender rating, and insurance coverage that doesnÂt meet the needs of women are still here.
ÂFor women, the reasons why the healthcare reform fight must continue are particularly acute. Insurance discrimination for women with pre-existing conditions, like Chris Turner is still here. Turner couldnÂt get health insurance at any price because she had received treatment as a sexual assault survivor.
ÂA woman like Peggy Robertson can still be denied coverage for having had a C-section. And Karen Harriman, a small business owner with an almost entirely female workforce, will still pay more to insure her employees simply because they are women. These practices must stop.
ÂMake no mistake, we remain determined. While yesterdayÂs election results may have been a surprise, an even bigger surprise awaits those who would say that health reform is dead. The fight for health reform is far from over.
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ABOUT THE NATIONAL WOMENÂS LAW CENTER:
The National Women's Law Center is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1972 to advance and protect women's legal rights. The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women and their families including economic security, education, employment and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women. For more information on the Center, visit: www.nwlc.org.
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