Michelle Obama Declares Health Care Reform is a Women’s Issue

Michelle ObamaPresident Obama’s bringing in the big guns to get health care reform passed. Last week Michelle Obama weighed in on the subject and explained why health care reform is such and important issue for women. According to The Telegraph:

Mrs Obama made a forceful appeal on behalf of these reforms, saying they were “the next step” in the long quest to achieve equality and rights for women.

“Women aren’t just disproportionately affected by this issue because of the roles that we play in families,” she said. “Women are affected because of the jobs that we do in this economy.” [Read more...]

Tuesday News Roundup

mouse2Misconceptions #1: Only a “Certain Kind of Woman” Has an Abortion – Cherry Hill Women’s Center
When You Discover You’re Intersex – Womanist Musings
C-Sections: The New “Pre-Existing Condition” – RH Reality Check
Scott Roeder’s Trial to be Delayed Until January – Roeder Watch
South Dakota Appeals Abortion Ruling – Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Saturday News Roundup

weekendWe had some technical difficulties yesterday, and the click list didn’t run. So, here it is . . . the first Saturday click list (and hopefully the last). Have a great weekend!

First They Were Broke, Now Operation Rescue Says Everything’s A-OK – The Pitch
Health Insurance Companies Consider C-Sections a “Pre-Existing Condition” – Think Progress
Interview with Cecile Richards: “Women Shouldn’t Be Left Worse Off Under Health Care Reform Than They Are Now” – Jezebel
Randall Terry is Terrorizing Kids Now – Spare Candy
Anti-Abortion Group Targets 12 Democratic Seats in Next Election – RH Reality Check
Anti-Abortion Provocateur Takes Aim at Obama – Women’s e-News

Being Female Can Be A Pre-existing Condition

PregnantMotherDoctorEven people who are against healthcare reform realize that insurance companies regularly screw over decent hard working people all the time. Insurance companies take exploitation another level of women. This week there has been a lot of talk about how insurance companies in several states consider domestic violence a pre-existing condition.  This is a ridiculous policy, but is unfortunately not the only way women are abused by the system.

Thirty-eight states offer absolutely no protection for women purchasing insurance in the individual market. Women are charged higher premiums than men for identical plans. This higher cost is compounded by the fact women still earn approximately 78 cents to the every dollar a man makes. Therefore, programs such as employer financial assistance and tax credits for buying insurance unfairly leave women behind monetarily. [Read more...]