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SEIU: Pelosi Bill Outlaws Domestic Violence as PreExisting Condition; Grassroots Action Critical in Gains

The House health care bill language, released today, includes a clause specifically outlawing the practice of treating domestic violence as a “pre-existing condition.”

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Health Insurance for All: Necessary But Not Sufficient For Rural America

Expanding insurance coverage is important, experts say, but only half the battle. For many Americans, particularly in rural areas, access to high quality health care could remain elusive.

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VIDEOS: Insurance Company to Peggy Robertson: Want Coverage? Get Sterilized… and By the Way, Your Son is Too Small

Insurance denial continued: Now we have the case of Peggy Robertson, a woman who was denied coverage because of a prior C-section and told to get sterilized, and then her son was denied coverage for holding his breath, and for being too small.

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I Am Not A Pre-Existing Condition

Is the fact that women experience discrimination in regards to health insurance coverage even debatable at this point? It is critical at this point that health reform discussions must address the health issues that disproportionately affect women in this country. 

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Roundup: Employer-based Health Care Options Diminishing As Senate Dithers

Even as opponents of health reform use the specter of “losing your employer-based coverage” under a public option, many busineses are in fact planning to cut coverage without any health reform in place. Meanwhile, after months of closed door meetings the Senate Finance committee releases a bill with not one Republican co-sponsor. And Operation Rescue tells its supporters it is “broke.”

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A Taxing Problem: Abortion and Health Reform

On abortion–or any other issue being addressed under health reform–the “common ground” solution is to let the experts — not politicians — decide what services should be covered.

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Weekly Pulse: The Presidential Guilt Trip

During a strategy call with key congressional leaders last week, President Obama reportedly complained that liberal advocacy groups are attacking Democrats instead of trying to pass whatever healthcare bill the Senate happens to cough up.

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Weekly Pulse: Public Health Insurance Option Not Optional

During a press conference Tuesday, President Obama voiced support for government-administered health insurance for all who need it as a key component of healthcare reform.

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Insurance Inequity Harms All of Us

Besides harming women and their families, gender rating — charging women more for health insurance on the individual market — hurts society as a whole.

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Weekly Pulse: Insurance Companies on Charm Offensive

Has the health insurance industry seen the writing on the wall — or will their “cooperation” ultimately undermine Obama’s reform program?

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