To the editor:
As we celebrate the mothers and women in our life this week, we have a lot to be grateful for and a lot at stake in the upcoming election.
President Barack Obama, the father of two girls, has been a strong advocate for women throughout his life. He has protected and advanced policies that promote fairness, equal opportunity and a level playing field. From ensuring equal pay for an equal day's work to expanding access to quality, affordable health care, child care and education, the president's agenda demonstrates his belief that women's issues are America's issues.
Thanks to the president's resilience in passing the health reform law, the Affordable Care Act, women and their families now have more health security. Insurance companies must now cover preventive care services like cervical cancer screenings, mammograms and immunizations at no additional cost. The days where insurance companies could charge women more simply because they are women are finally coming to an end. And children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage.
Obama has also fought to increase women's economic security and build an economy meant to last. The first bill the president signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which ensures all women who choose to work will receive equal pay for equal work. Because when women make less than men for the same work, it hurts the entire family.
Obama also made college more affordable for working families by doubling Pell grant scholarships and demanded Congress act and not let student loan interest rates double last week. Finally, because of health reform our children can now stay on our insurance until the age of 26 and can no longer be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
The president has been a strong advocate for women and their families. We cannot afford to go back to the days when women could be discriminated against. We must move forward. That's why I'm supporting President Obama.