From Washington State to Washington, DC: Registered nurse and SEIU Healthcare 1199NW member Bonnie Chappell participated in the June 7th White House Townhall on women's health.
I have been a registered nurse for 38 years and I work in labor and delivery at Valley Hospital in Spokane Valley, WA. In 38 years I've delivered a lot of babies, and with the Affordable Care Act, mothers and babies are getting the care they need to start off life with the best possible odds.
At the White House townhall today, I was surrounded by citizens, practitioners and champions of the healthcare law like HHS Secretary Sebelius. From my experience, I believe that the Affordable Care Act is the most significant piece of healthcare legislation in decades.
Millions of women have access to free preventive care. This makes such a huge difference when you can see patients throughout their pregnancy and delivery. It means more healthy mothers and children.
I've been watching the coverage of the "War on Women" and all the political posturing around the healthcare law and that is one of the reasons I was happy to fly across the country and participate in the townhall at the White House. It makes me concerned that extremists are more interested in scoring political points rather than addressing the underlying issues that women, particularly pregnant women, can face.
For years women were denied health coverage, paid more for health insurance because of their gender and were unable to get maternity care covered- in fact only 13% of the plans on the individual market included maternity care. This is outrageous!
The "War on Women" was the time before the Affordable Care Act when women who had Caesarian sections were counted as pre-existing conditions, denied coverage and forced to fend for themselves. I would ask politicians to focus on the real people that this law helps.