Sebelius: Republicans Want to Roll Back the Last 50 Years of Women's Health Progress

 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has met the enemy, and it is the Republican Party.

Speaking at a fundraiser for NARAL Pro-Choice America, Sebelius made it clear that the GOP has declared a war on women's health. 

Via ABC News:

In a strongly worded speech, Sebelius said Republicans are not only working to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, but also want to take away benefits in Medicare, cut back Medicaid and eliminate health services provided by Planned Parenthood.

"In other words, they don't just want to go after the last 18 months, they want to roll back the last 50 years in progress women have made in comprehensive health care in America," Sebelius said.

"We've come a long way in women's health over the last few decades, but we are in a war," Sebelius said at a NARAL Pro-Choice America luncheon attended by about 300 people, who gave some of their loudest applause at her mention of the Obama administration's support for requiring insurance plans to cover birth control without copays.

Sebelius called the insurance companies out on gender discrimination as well, saying they call "Viagra an essential medication and birth control a lifestyle choice."


RH Reality Check / By Robin Marty

Posted at October 7, 2011, 2:42am

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