Ashlee M., a graduate student at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work, is going to see the President of the United States speak tomorrow.
She’s supported the President for a long time and for a lot of reasons, but she especially likes Obamacare and its women’s health care package (which took effect last week). “Everyone needs health care,” she says; it’s a basic necessity, the first and fundamental need in a person’s life:
“If you don’t have basic health care, there are a lot of other things that might not be possible for you, like work, and school, and other things. It’s really important to have good health care and total access to health care, especially in terms of women’s health because women need different things.”
As a woman who believes that men and women should have access to all of the same rights and benefits, Ashlee is proud that the President has worked to level the field on access to good, affordable health care.
While he's in Colorado, President Obama will be speaking to supporters about what’s at stake in this election, and at the top of that list is women’s health. The president has put women at the center of his policies for the last four years, from signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to ensure that women earn the same as men for equal work, to supporting a woman’s right to make decisions about her body, to providing all women the health services they need without extra costs – preventive services and pre-cancer screenings, birth control, well-woman visits, breastfeeding support and supplies.
“These are simple things that can really help people’s lives. They don’t just affect women; they impact children, and families, and communities, so it’s important.”