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SEIU: McCain Health Care: Putting Moms Last

August 18, 2008
1:03 PM

Sara Howard 202-320-1467

McCain Health Care: Putting Moms Last
Starting Tuesday, Nationwide SEIU Events Will Highlight
How McCain Care Leaves Women and Families Behind
WASHINGTON - August 18 - With health care costs rising out of control, more and more Americans are finding it impossible to keep up. Women, 90 percent of whom shoulder the health care responsibility for their families, are in particular feeling the strain.

Beginning Tuesday, August 19, SEIU members will hold a series of events across the country highlighting how John McCain’s health care proposals put moms last. Events are planned in Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, and Missouri – with a flagship event featuring SEIU Secretary Treasurer Anna Burger and Congressman John Dingell on Thursday, August 21 in Michigan.

As the primary caregivers in most families, it is women who make the doctors’ appointments, track the medications, and pay the bills. But instead of providing a comprehensive solution to the health care crisis, John McCain’s health care plan would make it harder to get affordable health care – particularly for women.

Senator McCain’s plan would:

* Force families to try to find coverage on the private market, where coverage costs far more – especially for women, with insurance companies charging women more through “gender rating” and refusing to cover pregnancy, labor, and neo-natal costs;

* Let insurance companies refuse coverage or charge exorbitant rates for people with preexisting conditions – which would disproportionately hurt women. Women are more likely to have chronic illnesses like diabetes –McCain’s plan would let insurance companies refuse coverage for these women, as well as millions of women who have suffered from breast, cervical, or other cancers.

* Allow insurance companies to refuse coverage for maternity care, leaving women with tens of thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs.

* Let insurance companies evade state regulations – like coverage for mammograms and minimum maternity stays - that are designed to protect patients.

“It should come as no surprise that Senator McCain’s proposals are so bad for women and families,” said SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger. “After all this is a man who has voted nearly 40 times against health care for women, children, and seniors.”


Cleveland, Ohio – Tuesday, August 19
McCain Care: Putting Moms Last Press Conference
McCafferty Health Center, 4242 Lorain Avenue
10:30 a.m. ET

Grinnell, Iowa – Wednesday, August 20
Iowa for Health Care hosts McCain Care: Putting Moms Last Roundtable
Grinnell Coffee Company, 915 Main Street
1:30 p.m. CT

Dearborn, Michigan – Thursday, August 21
SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Anna Burger and US Congressman John Dingell hold Town Hall Meeting on Women’s Health Care
Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave
10:15 a.m. ET – TOWN HALL

Waterloo, Iowa – Thursday, August 21
Iowa for Health Care hosts McCain Care: Putting Moms Last Roundtable
Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St.
12:00 p.m. CT

Hiawatha, Iowa – Thursday, August 21
Iowa for Health Care hosts McCain Care: Putting Moms Last Roundtable
Hiawatha Public Library, Large Conference Room, 150 W. Willman St.
4:00 p.m. CT

Davenport, Iowa – Thursday, August 21
Iowa for Health Care hosts McCain Care: Putting Moms Last Roundtable
United Neighbors, 808 Harrison St.
7:30 p.m. CT

St. Louis, Missouri – Thursday, August 21
McCain Care: Putting Moms Last Roundable
SEIU Local 2000, 5585 Pershing Ave.
11 a.m. CT

Denver, Colorado – Saturday, August 23
Coloradans for Health Care and the Road to American Health Care host McCain Care: Putting Moms Last Press Event
Sunken Garden, 1099 Speer Blvd.
12:00 p.m. MT

SEIU will announce additional events in Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and other states in coming days.

With 2 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare, and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers, not just corporations and CEOs, benefit from today's global economy.


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