Why Women Must Lead the Fight for Health Care Reform

As part of its Online Series on Health Reform, HealthReform.gov reports these disturbing facts about women’s health care:

* less than 50% of women can get employer-based health insurance and even when they work for an employee that offers coverage, one in six is not eligible to take it, often because they are part-time workers;

* a 22 year-old woman can be changed one and a half times more than a 22 year-old man in the individual insurance market;  

* more than 50% of women have delayed care due to cost;

* state and federal laws that protect individuals with employer-sponsored insurance do not apply to health insurance sold in the individual market. These include anti-discrimination protections in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, as well as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which prohibits covered employers from charging different premiums or denying coverage based on age or health status;

* in the individual insurance market, many states allow insurance companies to calculate premiums based on an individual’s characteristics such as existing health problems, age, and gender.

Also, The National Women’s Law Center reports that the majority of individual health insurance policies do not cover maternity care. 

The most startling revelation of all is that it is still legal in nine states for insurers to reject applicants who are survivors of domestic violence, effectively punishing women for being the victims of violence! Sounds more like the behavior we would expect to find in Saudi Arabia than in the United States of America. This is completely unacceptable. 

It is women who take on the lion’s share of responsibility for the health care of children. Overwhelmingly, women are the ones who must leave paying jobs to become caregivers to elderly parents or other relatives. Woman bear the physical burden of childbirth and need ongoing care throughout our reproductive lives. 

Unfortunately, women are finding access to basic health care services lacking due to the inability to afford medical insurance. 

A big part of the problem is our system of having group medical insurance tied to place of employment. It’s a system that may have made sense at one time, but it just doesn’t work anymore, and women are getting the short end of the stick.

The health and well being of women affects the entire family. It’s time we set things right. Start by visiting HealthReform.gov to State Your Support for health care reform and Share Your Story.

Women must lead the fight for health care reform.





Allison J.
Past Member 8 years ago

Thanks for your information Care For A. It is very honest and helpful. It is about what I figured and didn't necessarily decrease my concerns. But I am going to support because it's better than what's happening now.

Allison J.
Past Member 8 years ago

Thank you Beth for your comment. Your comment is by far the best explanation of the goal of the single payer health plan and how it could work. I still have concerns but I am more willing to support it.

Beth C.
Beth C8 years ago

Administrative cost of private health insurance is up to 50% or more. Medicare's administrative cost is about 5%. A single payer program will reduce health care costs if it is structured correctly. We can learn from the successes and mistakes of other countries to model a plan that is cost effective and workable for the United States.

Care For A.
Past Member 8 years ago

Here is some good information on single-payer healthcare reform and what it is:




Why women need universal single-payer health care:


Only a single-payer approach to healthcare reform will END THE INHUMANITY OF OUR FAILED HEALTHCARE INSURANCE SYSTEM, WHERE PROFITS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN PATIENTS’ HEALTH, and where people die because of it.

There are two single payer bills in Congress:

In the House: HR 676, The United States National Health Insurance Act.

In the Senate: S 703, The American Health Security Act.

ASK your Senators and Representatives to support single-payer healthcare reform NOW!

Allison J.
Past Member 8 years ago

I would caution care and research before signing any health care reform and/or single-payer petitions. I've read some very misleading ones. For instance, some suggest a plan like Medicare. Be sure you are clear on what that means. Be careful what you agree to on the subject. Look at the whole picture. Don't stop at just the insurance. Think also about the pharmaceutical companies and what they charge for prescriptions. I have signed very few petitions on the subject due to not liking what I have seen.

Nancy Davis
Nancy Davis8 years ago

If I had the ability, all orgs., govts., globally, would be run by women. It's obvious, and way overdue.

Carol H.
Past Member 8 years ago

Because there isn't enough help for women to go through all what they have gone through in silence for the most part.

Dwight Baker
Past Member 8 years ago

Take the Lead ---- We Need You intro

The course for change to save or America Ship called Freedom will come from women. Their innate senses are much better than men, they see things in multi-layered panoramas of conception men do not. Their instincts lean more toward intuition men do not. They see families and children in a way men do not.

The driving and defining force will come from our good rock solid women; they know the scoop and can get it done and will check to see if folks do what is just expected or do what is inspected.

Recently I saw Katrina vanden Heuvel on a guest talk show. Her speed to respond with facts and her command of the topics laid all the men in the shade. Most reading know of all the other great ladies that can lead.

Dwight Baker
Past Member 8 years ago

Take the Lead 1-2
One of my good friends a great scholar that I am not --- had a chat today about this topic. His is bright and lets me talk then asks questions? Then he asked, “Do you know why women will be better at this tasks than men?”, I try to let him talk---“NO tell me why” I asked. He said. “The men will be going around to see how much they can get feather bedding and carpet bagging”

I recently asked Naomi Klein to co-write the book, We the People Advocates the how to do in upgrading democracies. Have not heard back but I will. I want to have a book published by her she writes the first part of the short book maybe 150 pages paper back—then last half of the book the how to section and I would assist best way I could. Publishing the book would do two things---first I suspect many good wealthy able to donate, scholars, and our millions of good women would buy and read it. Second it could be translated into other languages to help aid ALL in the world that are ruled by so-called Democracies.

Dwight Baker
Past Member 8 years ago

Take the Lead 2-2

The PLAN --- We The People Advocates WTPA are providing the only HOPE in saving our great nation. So JOIN IN and ENLIST to serve with your VOICES being heard and your VOTES being counted and moved along to our lobby group in Washington DC to power push the peoples needs, wants and wishes in our cities, states and Federal Governments for all Americans to have the rights to life in all ways in equity adjudicated by the Bar of Justice. Dwight Baker Dbaker007@stx.rr.com

By Dwight Baker
May 14, 2009