Slaughter on current health coverage for women: 'Believe you me, that is really discriminatory'
Cong. Louise Slaughter (NY-28) doesn't mince words.
The EMILY's List alum got right to the point when she addressed the lawmakers and top administration officials gathered at today's health care summit. As one of only a handful of women at the event, Louise made sure women's issues were brought to the forefront of the day's debates.
We've highlighted some of the remarkable work our women have done on health care recently, and Louise's actions today demonstrate exactly how critical it is to have women leaders involved in these discussions.
Here's a video and some highlights of what she had to say:
Eight states in this country right now have declared that domestic violence is a preexisting conditions on the ground, I assume, that if you're been unlucky enough to get yourself beaten up once you might go around and do it again.
Forty-eight percent is the higher cost for women in many cases to buy their own insurance. Believe you me, that is really discriminatory.
In 1991, women were not included in any of the trials at the NIH because we had hormones. It wasn't until we had a critical mass of women here that said this will not do for more than half the population of the United States, who pay taxes, that we made certain that diseases like osteoporosis, mainly a woman's disease, cervical cancer, only a woman's disease, uterine cancer and others were really looked at.