Seven years ago, after 32 hours of labor, my doctor recommended I have a Caesarean section. My cervix didn’t dilate and a c-section seemed to be the safest way to deliver my baby. Today, the very decision I made to keep my child safe could be the same reason I can’t provide insurance for him.
As you know, earlier this week the Senate Finance Committee voted to move forward on a healthcare bill known as the Baucus Bill. Now, it must be merged with a separate proposal from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee before it can go to the full Senate for a vote. There is still plenty of work to do. Over the coming weeks, our legislators will continue to examine discriminatory insurance practices and a public option.
Ladies, if you haven’t been paying attention to the healthcare discussion in this country, you need to start now. Here’s why:
- C-sections, evenly medically mandated ones, are considered pre-existing conditions by some insurance companies
- Domestic violence is considered a pre-existing condition by some insurance companies –no not for the batterer, for the victim
- Only 20 states require private insurance companies to cover routine mammograms*
- Women often struggle to find coverage for maternity care. And then they often lose valuable income while on earn maternity leave.
- Women, on average, earn less than men and the wage gap has widened. Our dollars need to stretch further.
- Yet women often pay 30 – 40 percent more for health insurance policies than men do.
I am not a pre-existing condition. I am 51 percent of the population. I am in control of 85 percent of consumer buying power. I am strong—I am able to grow a life inside of me, care for that baby on little to no sleep, recover from abdominal surgery and return to work all in less than three months. I am a breadwinner. I may not make as much as the guy in the office next to me who didn’t give birth, but I’m working on it. I am a registered voter. And I demand equal coverage for equal premiums.
Ladies, click here to tell Congress YOU are not a pre-existing condition. Demand equal care for equal premiums.
Thank you to RH Reality Check for alerting us to the “I am not a pre-existing condition” campaign. Read more here.
*From the National Women’s Law Center Reform Matters fact sheet