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Women's Issues Front and Center at Democratic Convention

PHOTO: A packed house at the Democratic Women's Caucus in Charlotte, N.C.  Photo credit: Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service.
PHOTO: A packed house at the Democratic Women's Caucus in Charlotte, N.C. Photo credit: Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service.
September 5, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Women's issues are in the forefront of the Democratic National Convention.

On Tuesday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, D-Fla., chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, told the crowd of women delegates from California and around the nation to be proud of the Affordable Care Act that was enacted under President Obama.

"Being a woman will never again be treated as a pre-existing condition."

Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies can no longer deny coverage or charge more for people with pre-existing conditions. The act also includes free preventive health screenings for women.

During the Women's Caucus, Wasserman-Shultz shared her own experience as a breast cancer survivor and praised Obama for prioritizing health-care reform.

While some Republicans have used the term "Obamacare" disparagingly, Wasserman-Shultz urged the Democratic Women's Caucus to embrace it.

"We embrace the term, because we want a president in the White House who cares."

Wasserman-Shultz told reporters that the Democrats don't want to go back to the days when insurance companies could drop people or deny coverage, and she says they don't want any part of Rep. Paul Ryan's plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system.

Democratic leaders say reproductive rights and health care will continue to be highlighted during the convention.

Lori Abbott, Public News Service - CA