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Just Released: NWLC Statement on the Murder of Dr. Tiller

Posted by | Posted on: June 01, 2009 at 03:14 pm

Dr. George Tiller, a physician who provided abortion services in Wichita, KS, was murdered yesterday morning at his church.

The statement of Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women's Law Center, follows:

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What Women Want

Posted by | Posted on: May 28, 2009 at 05:19 pm

by Rose O'Malley, Program Assistant, 
National Women's Law Center 

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Tell Your Members of Congress We Need Real Health Care Reform

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: May 28, 2009 at 02:12 pm

by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights, 
National Women's Law Center 

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Just Released: NWLC Statement on the Nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court

Posted by | Posted on: May 26, 2009 at 04:39 pm

The following is a statement by Marcia D. Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women’s Law Center, on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Weekly Round-Up

Posted by | Posted on: May 26, 2009 at 02:50 pm

by Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager, 
National Women's Law Center

Today, the California Supreme Court is expected issue its decision in the challenge to Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that eliminated marriage equality in the state. More information is available from Equality California.

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Patients' Choice Act: Nice Rhetoric, Swiss Cheese Policy

Posted by Julia Kaye, Health Policy Associate | Posted on: May 22, 2009 at 01:33 pm

by Julia Kaye, Health Policy Associate, 
National Women's Law Center 

We’ve discussed many times before the difficulties that women face accessing health insurance in the individual health insurance market. So it’s heartening to know that members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have come to recognize the severe failures of the current health care system—nowhere more obvious than in the individual market—and more importantly, are introducing legislation to reform it.

On Wednesday, Senators Coburn and Burr and Representatives Ryan and Nunes held a press conference to announce the release of the Patients’ Choice Act of 2009 (no bill’s been released yet, but a 15-page summary is available here), in which they rightly acknowledged that “the health care system in America is broken.” The heart of the bill is a new model of state-based marketplaces for individuals seeking insurance, or “state health insurance exchanges.” By requiring plans participating in these exchanges to provide coverage regardless of age or health status, to meet a minimum benefit standard, and to be subject to an independent board that will penalize companies that cherry-pick healthy patients and reward companies that seek patients with pre-existing conditions, the bill aims to create “a consistent and fair market, so that everyone can afford coverage.”

And to sweeten the deal, every individual with a healthcare plan will get a tax rebate of $2,300 for individuals or $5,700 for families. Et voila. Affordability problem…solved?

Unfortunately not. The rhetoric is nice, but the policy’s swiss cheese. Let’s poke our way through some of the holes:

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