Mr. MILLER of North Carolina. Madam Speaker, I rise today to support the provisions in the Affordable Care Act that close the gender gap in health care. Beginning in 2014, health insurers cannot charge women more just because of their gender. Health insurers cannot deny coverage because of preexisting conditions like having survived cancer or having been pregnant or having been a victim of domestic violence, a condition that is almost as disproportionately experienced by women as pregnancy. And health care will have to cover preventive services like mammograms, screening for cervical cancer and, yes, contraception.
Republicans in Congress are trying to block these and other reforms so that health insurers or employers or Members of Congress can make women's health and reproduction decisions rather than trust those decisions to women. Madam Speaker, women can make those decisions. They really don't need help from insurers or employers or politicians or radio talk-show hosts. Women want to make those important personal decisions for themselves, and they should.