Our own Amy Allina, of National Women’s Health Network, has written a piece for the National Council for Research on Women’s blog connected to their “The Big Five” campaign. The article discusses how 40% of people surveyed in October cited health care as the primary concern for their families. And women hold an even greater stake in the campaign for health reform:
“Women feel the squeeze first as health care becomes more expensive because of the cumulative effects of gender differences in health care needs and persistent economic discrimination.”
With the economy in crisis, millions of Americans are struggling with health care affordability, but women’s (especially women of color’s) particularized economic vulnerability places them at the front of the line when a slack economy forces families and individuals to cut down on expenses.