Last week, Obama hosted a Health Care Reform Summit. NLIRH has the details on what went down, and where our communities are in the newest version of the plan:
While the summit demonstrated the President’s commitment to seeing health care reform passed, the Republicans continued to urge Congress and the Administration to ‘start all over’. While there was very little dialogue on the issues that NLIRH has been advocating, such as abortion access, coverage for citizens of Puerto Rican and inclusion of immigrant families, there was some discussion on how health reform could benefit women.
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter offered an impassioned speech about the need to get rid of pre-existing conditions and other discriminatory practices that disproportionately impact women. The Republican also ticked off a list elements of the legislation that they didn’t agree with and falsely noted that the health care bill will provide federal funding for abortion. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi corrected this falsehood in her closing statement.
For more analysis of the President’s Health Care Summit, please check out the Raising Women’s Voices Blog.
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