Check out this White House Blog post from Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, on why the Affordable Care Act is good news for women and families:
"I had the privilege to be part of a town hall meeting to discuss the very important topic of women’s health and how the health care law is making the system fair for women and their families across the country.
"During the conversation, we talked about how the health care law, the Affordable Care Act, does more to advance women’s health than any other piece of legislation in the last 50 years.
"We talked about how the law is soon requiring insurance companies to cover anyone with pre-existing conditions, which means that women will get the care they need and won’t be charged more for it just because they’re women. And how community health centers, which are supported by the Affordable Care Act, provide critical care for families. We also discussed the fact that some women have skipped preventive care because of cost—which is why the Affordable Care Act ends co-pays for recommended preventive services.
"Our town hall reiterated one thing: that for women, the law means peace of mind. Peace of mind that no matter their circumstance there will be a health system that works for them and cares about their needs. That’s what the law is all about."