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

"I want to thank my colleagues for their excellent presentations, their strong leadership, their constant work to pass this legislation this year. Since we began, we have been joined my Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California, Congresswoman Lois Capps of California, and I want to thank our friends in the Feminist Majority, and from all of the groups who are here and acknowledge Peg Yorkin, who is the inspiration for so much of this. Thank you, Peg.

"So our message is very clear to the women of America: if you are a young woman, if you are a woman of child-bearing age, this legislation helps you. It helps you by removing co-pays and deductibles for preventive care, whether that is for mammograms, whatever challenges there may be. If you are a young woman of child-bearing age, they consider pregnancy a pre-existing condition -- that will no longer be the case.

"So if you're young, the age of some of our daughters and the age of many of you here, you have much to gain from this legislation by eliminating high-deductibles and co-pays for preventive care like screenings, mammograms, etc. If you're of child-bearing age, this bill works for you because it does not consider pregnancy, c-section and the rest as a pre-existing condition.

"And I also want to say that if you are a woman, not quite on Medicare but in-between as Congresswoman Schakowsky referenced, the opportunity to participate in health insurance is greatly enhanced for you in this legislation -- say between 50 and 65, where you may lose your job and lose your insurance, but not old enough to go onto Medicare -- this legislation works for you.

"And if you are a senior, as some of us here are, and you're on Medicare, this legislation works for you in the following ways: seniors, men and women alike, benefit. First of all, by closing the donut-hole -- which means lowering the prescription cost to the American people. Secondly, by allowing you to retain your ben
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