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Conyers to Romney: Don't Turn Back the Clock on Women's Health


Location: Washington, DC

Today, Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released the following statement responding to Mitt Romney's pledge to roll back the clock on women's access to affordable health care for all by repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

"Today, a New York Times article highlighted a disturbing fact about our country's health care system: women still pay more than men for the same health insurance coverage," said Conyers. "Today, women pay up to 50 percent more than men for the very same health coverage. Even if a woman's policy does not cover maternity care, she can still be charged more because the insurance company fears it will be on the hook for complications from a pregnancy.

Starting in 2014, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, this so-called "gender rating' will be prohibited. This is a common sense solution to a unfair and discriminatory policy that negatively affects millions of women in Metro Detroit and across the country -- unless you're running to be the Republican presidential nominee.

Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republican primary field have all pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the protections provided against unfair price gouging based solely on a person's gender. In Mitt Romney's America, it's perfectly OK to charge someone more for the same health care service simply because she is a woman.

Millions of American women are fed up with unfair, discriminatory health insurance policies and if Mitt Romney is going to take a stand on the side of discrimination, then he is only making it more clear that he is wrong for American women."

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