Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Women are not a "pre-existing condition"
Right now, being a woman is considered a "pre-existing condition." In fact, insurance companies are charging women up to 50 percent more than men for the same coverage.
How many times have you heard Republicans say this is outrageous? Zero.
And how many times have you heard them vow to repeal the Affordable Care Act? We've lost track.
The Affordable Care Act will close the insurance gender gap once and for all. Beginning in 2014, it will be illegal for health insurers to charge women more than men for the same coverage.
So, by threatening to repeal this law, Mitt Romney and the GOP would essentially give insurance companies license to continue discriminating against women.
Don't let them get away with it.
Tell the GOP that being a woman should not be a "pre-existing condition."
Insurers charge higher premiums for women simply because they're women -- and more likely to visit doctors and have certain illnesses.
Under a Republican president, a 30-year-old woman in Chicago with a popular health plan would continue to pay 31 percent more than her male counterpart. In Kentucky, a 40-year-old woman would still be charged 53 percent more than a man for her insurance.
President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law to ensure that every American -- man or woman -- has an equal opportunity to access quality, affordable care.
Romney and every single Republican presidential candidate are campaigning hard against that idea.
Stand up for the Affordable Care Act and for women's right to affordable health care:
Deputy Constituency Director
Democratic National Committee
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