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Emmy(R)- and Golden Globe(R)-Nominated Actress Marcia Cross and Lifetime Television Deliver 20 Million Online Petition Signatures to Capitol Hill to Urge Congress to Stop 'Drive-Through' Mastectomies
Date:1/23/2008

islation empowers women and their doctors to make treatment decisions based on what is medically prudent, not simply what will achieve short-term savings. Four of the most frightening words any woman can hear is 'you have breast cancer.' And what begins as fear rapidly resolves into an enormous uncertainty -- asking questions like, what will I have to endure? What's the next step? To leave a woman with the knowledge that she must face a disfiguring procedure due only to her financial position, or to agree to surgery without proper hospitalization, is absolutely unconscionable. Passage of the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act will help relieve some of that anxiety," said Senator Snowe.

"Women who must undergo mastectomies deserve the appropriate hospital care that such an invasive surgery warrants. This bill will make the unseemly practice of kicking women out of the hospital against the law," said Senator Landrieu.

"After undergoing the physical and emotional trauma associated with having a mastectomy or lumpectomy, the last thing a woman should have to do is hassle with her insurance company over whether or not she can remain in the hospital. The bipartisan Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act will ensure that the doctors and patients make health care decisions," said Congresswoman DeLauro. "Over twenty million Americans agree -- it is time to pass this common-sense legislation."

"We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer," Congressman Moran said. "It is a traumatic experience for both the patient and the family. The difficulty of the situation should not be made worse by the uncertainties of insurance coverage. This bill will help ensure patients have adequate recovery time before being released from a medical facility following surgery."

"Though most of our viewers across the country have yet to cast a vote in this election year, more than 20 million have already made their voices heard on the critical issue of 'dri
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