Everything You Need to Know About Hillary Clinton, Health Care and Women’s Health …

By Christine |

… Or at least everything Our Bodies Ourselves has learned thus far is now available at OurBodiesOurselves.org/campaign08.

As previously mentioned, OBOS interviewed Clinton this fall about her national health care proposal and its effect on women’s health.

Laurie Rubiner, Clinton’s legislative director, then talked details with Judy Norsigian, OBOS executive director, and other women’s health advocates, including Cindy Pearson, executive director of the National Women’s Health Network; Maureen Corry, executive director of Childbirth Connection; and Byllye Avery, founder of the National Black Women’s Health Project, now the Black Women’s Health Imperative.

We’re pleased to post the full transcript of their conversation. You can also listen online or download for later.

According to Rubiner, “one of the central premises of her [Clinton's] plan is that if you have healthcare that you like, you can keep it and nothing will change. And we felt that that was a very important message to people because it’s one of the things that brought down her plan the last time around. I think one of the things that shows true leadership is being able to learn from the mistakes you’ve made in the past and use those lessons in a constructive manner as you’re moving forward to try to solve a problem.”

Some of the topics discussed include:

  • Issues of freedom of speech with direct-to-consumer advertising
  • Environmental pollutants and the adverse impact on human health
  • Empowering patients by making them better informed health care consumers

As always, comments and questions are encouraged. We can keep a dialogue going about Clinton’s health care plan on this post.

Update: I should have noted this yesterday — for the record, OBOS is in the process of putting together a larger section on the presidential candidates and their positions on health care and women’s health issues. Clinton’s campaign was the first to reach out to OBOS to address specific questions, and we hope the other candidates will respond to questions as well.

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  1. Any model for healthcare that does not guarantee universal access to care is not good enough. And requiring everyone to buy private health insurance is not the same thing as providing universal access to care. It is simply a gift to the for-profit insurance companies. It does not guarantee good care or even basic care, not even if there are federal guidelines for coverage or subsidies for the poorest individuals.

    Most Americans do not understand the complexities of healthcare financing, provider reimbursement, or cost containment. All they think about is how to afford going to a doctor or a hospital when they need to.

    This is not like being a “consumer” who can “choose” to buy a cheaper car or not to own a car at all. We can’t choose whether or not to get sick. Anyone can get sick and need medical attention. Everyone needs preventive care throughout life, to avoid more serious illness and more expensive treatment later.

  2. Pamela Bridgewater says:

    Thank you for this effort. I think it is important to hear what the candidates think on women’s health care in their own words. I also think it is important to hear what they dont say. there are a few important gaps in Senator Clinton’s interview such as the role she played in ending welfare as we know it which resulted in scores of poor women not getting health care benefits. She needs to answer questions on that directly.

    Finally, please make sure to include the voices of the other candidates, especially Obama, because we need to hear from him what his views on women’s health care especially reproductive health care are. thank you again.