White Men Can’t Jump: The Senator John Kyl Edition

Good morning,

So here’s a classic: Check-out today’s USA Today story regarding healthcare reform:

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/insurance/2009-10-04-womens-health_N.htm?csp=34

Here’s the key portion of the story:

“Some Republicans, such as Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, say basic policies shouldn’t be required to include coverage for things that not everyone will use.

“‘I don’t need maternity care and so requiring that to be in my insurance policy is something that I don’t need and will make the policy more expensive,’ Kyl said during a debate about the legislation last week.

‘I think your mom probably did,’ Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., shot back.

“Their spat has become a hit on YouTube, with nearly 150,000 hits as of Sunday.

Here are some of the facts about women and health insurance, as reported in the USA Today story, based on information from The National Women’s Law Center, one of the best organizations around, of any kind. See:
http://www.nwlc.org/reformmatters/

“According to the National Women’s Law Center, a non-partisan legal advocacy group:

“• Forty states and the District of Columbia allow ‘gender ratings,’ in which insurance companies can charge women more for the same health coverage as men and can charge businesses with mostly female workers higher group rates. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 4.7 million women last year bought individual insurance in states with this pricing practice.

“• In eight states and the District of Columbia, insurance companies can deny coverage to victims of domestic violence.

“• Insurance companies may offer policies that exclude coverage for some pre-existing conditions. If a woman has delivered a baby by cesarean section, for example, companies can deny coverage for future C-sections. In other cases, some insurers will deny maternity coverage if a woman is pregnant when she buys a policy.”

At my recent blogpost for Today’s Chicago Woman:http://www.tcwmag.com/Blogs/Sive-Siftings.aspx, I begin with the following quote from an amazing woman, Adolphine Fletcher Terry (check-her-out here: http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=716).

“The men have failed…it’s time to call out the women.”

I’m repeating myself.

Rebecca

P.S. If you have a chance, call Senator Stabenow and Senator Mikuski, and thank them. They are great leaders for all of us.

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