Health reform is slipping away

“We know that industry lobbyists are spending $1.4 million a day to lobby Congress”

That’s what we said on Thursday when a reporter asked MomsRising members and their kids were on the Hill demanding healthcare reform. Unfortunately, some groups are willing to do whatever it takes to stop Congress and the President. And with the recent announcement that the Senate will not vote on the bill until after the August recess, it looks like they may be winning.

Did You Know?

The U.S. is one of only five countries of 168 studied that doesn’t mandate some form of paid maternal leave, putting us on par with Papua New Guinea, Lesotho, and Swaziland.

In terms of women, those women who are lucky enough to have health insurance are still more likely than men to have health coverage that has too many gaps, from large deductibles and co-pays to life-time limits, and the exclusion of needed services (like maternity, for example) altogether. Women are also more likely than men to face challenges paying for their medical bills – making them more likely to skip necessary medical care. And then there’s gender rating – the insurance industry practice of charging women more than men for the exact same coverage.

I have to agree with the Baltimore Sun who published an article which had the title “Do health reform right instead of doing it quickly”. If time is taken and money pushing is received like a bacterial invasion rather than a wanted handout then I think good can come from a strong reform across the board.

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