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Women's Health

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Ms. WOOLSEY. Mr. Speaker, women are just over 50 percent of the U.S. population, but we bear much more than half of the Nation's health care costs.

In so many ways, the American health care system has been geared toward men, men's bodies and men's needs. As women we've had to fight and struggle for parity, and finally the Affordable Care Act has given us that level playing field.

So naturally, my friends in the majority want to scrap this law that has helped so many women obtain life-saving preventive care services. They couldn't repeal it through the democratic process, so now they're trying to get the Supreme Court to do it.

We must say no. No, we will not tolerate discrimination in the health care system. No, being woman is not a pre-existing condition.

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