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One Million Reasons

Kristine Jacobus

Barack Obama gets it.

One million women live in New Mexico, and each has a unique story to tell. No matter where we come from, or what our backgrounds are, President Obama is fighting for every single one of us.

One of his very first acts as President was to sign the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, landmark legislation aimed at eliminating wage inequality.

He established the Equal Pay Task Force to enhance enforcement of equal pay laws and helped increase the participation of women and girls in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math).

And he passed the Affordable Care Act so that being a woman is no longer considered a pre-existing condition. Now women will be able to receive preventive services without co-pays or deductibles, including maternity screenings, well-woman visits, and mammograms.

Make no mistake: each and every one of these accomplishments – and there have been plenty more – is making a real difference in the lives of New Mexico’s women.

Improved access to health care is already saving lives.

Take the case of Judy, an Albuquerque woman whose breast cancer might otherwise have gone undetected.

In fact, last year more than 114,000 New Mexico women – and nearly 80,000 men in the state – received access to free preventive services thanks to the President’s leadership.

In addition to other preventive benefits provided to women by the Affordable Care Act, women soon won’t have to pay out-of-pocket for birth control. Starting August 1st, all women will have access to contraception through their employer or insurer without co-pays or deductibles, ensuring that more women can make health care decisions based on what’s best for them, not their insurance company.

And that’s not all.

Nationally, gender discrimination has cost women approximately one billion dollars annually in additional health care costs. Thanks to the President, by 2014, insurers will no longer be able to discriminate against women by charging them more.

President Obama’s leadership is also helping young women more easily achieve the American dream by allowing them to stay on their parents’ insurance coverage plans until they are 26.

As a result, young women are able to complete college, community college or trade school and explore the employment and post graduate studies options that will ultimately help them be happier and more productive members of their communities.

More than one million women live in New Mexico. In the workplace, at the doctor’s office and around our communities, Barack Obama is making a difference for each and every one of these women and their families.

The way I see it, that’s one million reasons to vote for Barack Obama.

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