Senator Barbara Mikulski’s amendment to help women afford the health care they need passed in the Senate today, with a vote of 61-39. The Mikulski amendment would help to end the inequality we have in this country when it comes to women and health care.

Currently, women are more likely to be uninsured, spend more of their income on out-of-pocket costs, and delay or avoid treatment, all because the services they need to stay healthy are less likely to be covered by our for-profit health care system.

The Mikulski amendment would make sure preventative care recommended by independent women’s health experts would be free, things like cervical cancer screenings or pregnancy and postpartum depression screenings. In all, it would make care more accessible and affordable for women, working to eliminate our disparity.

It was the first amendment to pass in the Senate debate.

As I mentioned yesterday, the Senate health care bill has a lot of wonderful things in it that would make health care better for women. Mikuslki’s amendment today adds to that list. Giving women better care with one hand and taking away reproductive health benefits women currently have with the other is profoundly unjust, cruel, and the wrong way to go.

(also posted at the NOW! blog)

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Jason Rosenbaum

Jason Rosenbaum

Writer, musician, activist. Currently consulting for Bill Halter for U.S. Senate and a fellow at the New Organizing Institute.