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The Color Pink Highlights Health Care Reform

October 23, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The health care reform debate has taken on a shade of pink. First Lady Michelle Obama held a White House event today (Friday) to make the case that breast cancer is proof of the need for health care reform. Breast cancer survivors, who pay more for health insurance or have been denied coverage, shared their stories, as well as their hope that health care reform legislation now in Congress will change their insurance experiences.

Wendy Wolf, a board member of the advocacy groups Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the Women's Donor Network, was at the event and says the message is clear: For women, the focus of reform should be on preventive care and lower costs, not pre-existing conditions.

"They can no longer be denied coverage or charged exorbitant rates because of the fact that they have survived breast cancer. Also, mammograms will be part of the basic package. So in all of these ways, women - and women who have been or will be affected by breast cancer - will benefit."

The health care reform plans now under consideration would not allow cancer, pregnancy and domestic violence, or any other pre-existing condition, to be used as reasons to charge more for health insurance. No matter which of the bills makes it through the maze of Congressional committees and votes, Wolf believes women's health stands to improve.

"All women are going to benefit tremendously from any one of the health care plans that are being considered - because of costs, because of coverage, because of the kind of preventive care and because of the choices they'll have."

A new government report, "Health Insurance Reform and Breast Cancer," cites cost as the reason many women skip mammograms, delay treatment or don't complete the cancer treatments suggested by their doctors. (It can be viewed online at

Critics of the current bills say they still don't include a viable public option, which means health care will not be affordable for some women.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WA