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Pelosi: Health Insurance Reform Essential for Women
Date:10/6/2009

l from the Feminist Majority and then our wrap up will be Representative Gwen Moore. I also want to acknowledge that we are joined by Dolores Huerta, who has been a leader for equality in our country for a very long time.

"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. More than 50 percent more. That will end.

"Did you know that fewer than 50 percent of women get their health insurance through work? Fewer than 50 percent of women get their health insurance through work, which is also pointing out the need for us to create this legislation.

"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. We will eliminate these costs, especially pertaining to women. Very important -- eliminating the co-pays and deductibles.

"And because in our legislation with the insurance reforms that we have, no one will be denied coverage or charged higher premiums for so called pre-existing medical conditions and for women this is especially important. Because, did you know that having had a pregnancy was a pre-existing medical condition? I found out that myself. I had five children, and they told me I was a poor risk. I said: 'I thought I proved my strength?' 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.

"In its totality, when we present the bill, and that will be soon, I think all Americans will see that this is very important legislation for individuals and families -- their he
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