Leni Preston

    I will NOT be denied: Protect women’s health care!

    Posted March 19th, 2012 by

    The Maryland Women’s Coalition for Health Care Reform is proud to join the National Women’s Law Center’s I Will NOT Be Denied™ campaign to educate the public about the benefits of the health care law and what is at stake if it is repealed. We are joining the NWLC in releasing their new campaign video, which uses intimate portraits of women to highlight the importance of protecting the benefits that women are already receiving from the law and will continue to receive as new benefits roll out through 2014.

    While opponents spread misinformation about the Affordable Care Act, the bottom line is that the health care law is already making a meaningful difference in peoples’ lives.  Here’s how:

    • Children with a pre-existing condition can’t be denied insurance!
    • Young adults coming out of college and looking for a job can stay on their family’s health plan!
    • Family members can’t lose their coverage due to lifetime limits when they need it most!
    • Women will get essential preventive care, including mammograms and family planning services without a co-pay or deductible starting on August 1, 2012!
    • Seniors will receive a check to help pay for prescription drugs until the “donut hole” disappears and can now get an annual wellness visit!
    • Small business tax credits help to provide insurance to employees.

    And this is just the beginning. But opponents of this landmark legislation are fighting to take all these important and common-sense protections away from us.
    Help us take a stand to protect women’s health care.  Join the campaign, learn the facts, share the video and tell opponents of affordable care “I Will NOT Be Denied.”™.  Follow us at MDWomen4Health and join @NWLC’s #NotDenied conversation on Twitter.

    Leni Preston is Chair of the Maryland Women’s Coalition for Health Care Reform.

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    May 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm by Gwynne Chesher

    This is something that we ALL must talk about with every woman we meet. We cannot let right wing men take what we have worked so hard for.
    If we don’t stand together, they win and we lose – big time!


    April 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm by Zoya

    I think gay marriage soluhd be voted on by people of the states. It is a moral issue, not a religious one. There are Protestants, Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and atheists who oppose gay marriage. It is not like telling someone to pray to Allah 5 x a day or take communion. It is not a central tenet of any one faith, so it does not constitute enforcing one religion on the rest of society, as England did 200 plus years ago. No state ever voted for gay marriage


    March 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm by Chris

    So why don’t we complete the phrase so that there is no doubt that the nation understands what we are about. Maybe it can be label in one of the manners below:

    - I will not be denied healthcare benefits that are to be paid from the properties and possessions of the 50% that pay any form of income tax.

    - I will not be denied government benefits for my personal needs today at the expense of my children’s careers and quality of life in the nation they will inherit.

    - I will not be denied for services I cannot be accountable to provide for myself.

    - I will not be denied for contraceptive services that would have otherwise cost me only 3 lattes per month, but instead can be provided forcibly through my church in violation of their conscience and faith…because after all, contraception is greater than our obedience to God.

    - I will not be denied, because I am self absorbed and selfish.


    Anonymous Reply:

    @Chris, Hate and ignorance don’t change the facts; health care reform is necessary. Preventative care for women is necessary, regardless of what any particular religion may believe. You can continue to give your allegiance to the liars and self-interested, or you can look at the facts. Your choice.


    March 20, 2012 at 11:55 am by Kim Felter

    I think it’s time for men to get out of the business of running the healthcare system for women and children. It’s women’s business. Let them take care of it.

    Form a female committee to take care of the needs of women. Men have NO PLACE making decisions that pertain to the needs we have. They have no way of knowing what we need! Time to boot them out! The females are taking over!
    Onward troops.

    Sincerely yours,
    Kim Felter


    Gwynne ChesherFrom: Gwynne [mailto:gwynneac@comcast.net] Reply:

    Who on earth is this woman in 2012 who doesn’t care whether she, her friends and sisters have access to birth control? (Paul Ryan has repeatedly voted for bills in Congress that would limit access to birth control and de-fund family planning programs and make in vitro fertilization illegal.)
    Who is this woman who allows naïve (or worse) men to define the meaning of “rape?”
    Who is this woman who doesn’t mind that, until Obamacare, insurance companies were charging women considerably more for the same policy than a man? (Obamacare stopped insurance companies from that practice.)
    Who is this woman who’s just fine with insurance companies denying coverage because she has a pre-existing condition or because she has been diagnosed with cancer or heart disease?
    Who is this woman who hates that 20.4 million women with private health insurance gained expanded preventive services with no co-pay in 2011, including mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, prenatal care, flu and pneumonia shots and regular well-baby and well-child visits (available now, thanks to Obamacare)?
    Who is this older woman who is angry that 24.7 million women enrolled in Medicare received preventive services without co-pays in 2011, including an annual wellness visit, a personalized prevention plan, mammograms and bone mass measurement for women at risk of osteoporosis, thanks to Obamacare? What tyranny!
    Who is this woman who thinks that it’s just fine that women earn just 70 cents for every dollar that a man makes for the same job? (The first law that President Obama signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Act, giving a woman a legal opportunity to earn equal pay for equal work.)
    The Republican Party, and especially this new Tea Party Republican Party, is about their perceived superiority over anyone who is black, female, brown or gay. It’s about billionaires, like the far-right Koch brothers, their PACs and corporations gradually eroding women’s rights, civil rights and our democracy. Don’t let them do it! Vote!



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