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Thank You Letter to Anti-Choice & Anti-Reform Friends

Posted by Thao Nguyen, Director of Outreach | Posted on: September 16, 2009 at 07:06 pm

by Thao Nguyen, Outreach Manager, 
National Women's Law Center 

Dear Anti-Choice & Anti-Reform Friends,

Can I begin by thanking you for so often being the same people? It makes it so much easier to not have to read twice the number of inflammatory blog posts and articles on the internet. You have so conveniently gone from one bad argument to another, melding the anti-reform and anti-choice messages so seamlessly into one incoherent mistruth – it’s just made it really easy for me to keep up by not expecting your claims to be based on any facts. This has been an amazing time saver allowing me to spend more time on taxing projects like watching the previous seasons of Mad Men so that I can understand the hype and outbid all my competitors on Ebay.

This brings me to my next point – thank you for providing shallow and outrageous arguments why women’s health should be undermined in the current health care legislation. Since polling shows that Americans want medical professionals, not politicians, to decide what should be part of a health benefits package, it did make me wonder – will this finally throw a wrench in their grand scheme of playing politics with women’s health?

Of course you didn’t disappoint. Amidst all your abortion talk, it’s funny that you never remember to mention the fact that the Energy and Commerce bill includes an amendment that would bar the use of federal funds to pay for abortions. The Senate Finance Committee mark that was released today has a similar provision.

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Abortion at Risk in Health Care Reform

Posted by Judy Waxman, Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights | Posted on: September 16, 2009 at 05:11 pm

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

Your action is needed immediately. Senators may be negotiating away insurance coverage for abortion services as we speak.

There is no time to delay. Call and e-mail your Senators and the White House right now.

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NWLC in the News

Posted by Mary Robbins, Program Associate | Posted on: September 16, 2009 at 04:31 pm

by Mary Robbins, Program Associate, 
National Women's Law Center

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Vote Tomorrow on Early Learning Challenge Fund

Posted by Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning | Posted on: September 16, 2009 at 12:23 pm

by Helen Blank, Director of Leadership and Public Policy,
National Women’s Law Center 

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Health Care Reform Has a Woman's Face

Posted by Jenifer Rajkumar, Fellow | Posted on: September 15, 2009 at 08:38 pm

by Jenifer Rajkumar, Fellow, 
National Women's Law Center 

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An Unstable Health Care System: A Girl's Best Friend?

Posted by Thao Nguyen, Director of Outreach | Posted on: September 14, 2009 at 06:26 pm

by Thao Nguyen, Outreach Manger, 
National Women's Law Center 

Yesterday I had one of those weird phone calls. The kind where, as soon as you get off the phone, you immediately go through your contact list looking for someone you can tell about it. The kind that makes you stop that downstairs neighbor you haven’t spoken to in three years and recount the story to her. The kind that inspires you to drop everything and write a post for your organization’s blog. On a Sunday night.
The call was from my friend, Lucy.* She was calling to tell me that she and her boyfriend of 10 years recently got married.

Okay, I suppose since you don’t know them this might not be mind-blowing to you. But Lucy and her beau, Dan,* had one of those painful relationships where the woman was hinting, making banners, and going just short of taking a full-page out in The New York Times to beg her boyfriend to propose to her — and he just couldn’t seem to get around to it. But Lucy, who works with bankers and lawyers for a living, has the patience of a saint.

And so 10 years have come and gone. Which makes today, for all the friends who have been rooting for her (and who may or may not have been condemning her boyfriend for his lack of action), a momentous time that rivals the recent replacing of judges. (Yeah – I was shocked by the Ellen announcement too.) 
So when I heard that the wedding, this miracle of all miracles, had actually taken place, I made some popcorn, got a glass of wine, and snuggled up on the sofa, expecting a long story about how Dan finally came to his senses. Only to have Lucy matter-of-factly tell me, “I don’t have a job anymore and the COBRA was too expensive. No health insurance, so marriage.”

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Weekly Round-Up

Posted by Mary Robbins, Program Associate | Posted on: September 14, 2009 at 05:16 pm

by Mary Robbins, Program Associate, 
and Robin Reed, Online Outreach Manager, 
National Women's Law Center 

Moms Rising is hosting a blog carnival today on health care, including posts on individual families’ struggles with the health care system and calls for action on reform.

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Preventive Health Services – Saving Lives and Money

Posted by Amanda Stone, Fellow | Posted on: September 14, 2009 at 01:04 pm

by Amanda Stone, Volunteer,
National Women's Law Center

This post is part of a series on Women and Health Reform.

Someone’s grandma always said, “a stitch in time saves nine.” My grandma said things like, “that red lipstick makes you look like a vampire”-but that is beside the point. “A stitch in time saves nine” goes not only for your clothes, but also for your health! Seeing your doctor early to prevent future illness saves money and grief.

But what happens when you take the responsible steps to seek out preventive health care? Well, that depends. Let me give you some background. Eighty-five percent of American women ages 18-80 were covered by health insurance in 2008. Of those women, 57.8 percent received benefits from an employer (either their own employer or that of a family member). Slightly over 10 percent of American women received health benefits from Medicaid. Approximately 30 percent received benefits from other government sources. Fifteen percent of American women were uninsured in 2008. For practical reasons, your access to preventive care will depend in large part on your insurance status.

Let’s talk about the best-case scenario: What will one of the best available insurance plans get you? Potentially inadequate coverage! Allow me to present you with an anecdote from a young woman named Olivia. Fortunately, Olivia is covered under a comprehensive insurance policy. Unfortunately, her family has a strong history of breast cancer. Olivia watched her mother and her aunt each succumb to breast cancer at the age of 40. She is determined to avoid a similar fate. Accordingly, she found herself one of the best breast specialists in the country. She is lucky: this is something her insurance covers.

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