• The League asked Senators to oppose an amendment to an upcoming Transportation bill that that would limit access to contraceptive services for women if any employer or insurance plan has a “religious or moral objection.”

  • The Honorable John Kitzhaber, Governor of Oregon, 1994-2002 addressed convention delegates and attendess on Sunday, June 15, 2008 at the start of the afternoon plenary session.

  • League President Elisabeth MacNamara sent a letter to Senators urging them to oppose repeal of the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.

  • Last night's vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the comprehensive health care law passed by Congress in 2010, was a step backwards in dealing with America's health care crisis.

  • Nearly one year ago, on Christmas Eve, health care reform overcame Senate roadblocks and headed toward final enactment by the Congress, with the President’s signature coming in March.

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 21, 2010
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    House Finally Passes Comprehensive Health Care Reform

    "Monumental, Historic and Transforming," Says League

     

    Washington, D.C. – Statement from Mary G. Wilson, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States:

    "Today’s votes by the U.S. House of Representatives mark an historic milestone in American political history.  The path that began with Social Security and continued with Medicare is reaching fruition with this health care legislation.  Comprehensive health care reform will begin to undo decades of neglect and inaction that has left millions of Americans uninsured and at risk.

    "This legislation is a monumental step in the fight for social justice. 

    "Too many citizens lack adequate health insurance coverage and rising costs threaten everyone.  Passage of comprehensive health care legislation greatly expands coverage to include millions more Americans; protects the coverage that currently delivers care to most; reduces costs over the long term; and accomplishes these goals at a reasonable cost. 

    "It would be difficult to overstate the importance of today’s actions, and we commend our elected representatives for standing up for Americans and having the courage to do what needs to be done to confront the health care crisis in our country.  The League congratulates the House leadership on a closely-fought victory. 

    "We can expect transformational reform from these bills.  Access to health care will be extended to all Americans.  Mechanisms to control rising costs will be put in place.  And the marketplace will be expanded and safeguards put in place to protect consumers.

    "Truly, this legislation is monumental, historic and transforming.

    "Today we took the critical step in dealing with the current health care crisis.  Tomorrow, many Americans will wake up to a new week and a new future that looks a great deal more promising."

    Reporters may contact Kelly Ceballos (kceballos@lwv.org or 202-263-1331) to set up media interviews with President Mary Wilson.

    The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages.

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    March 19, 2010 202-263-1331


    House Procedures “OK” According to League of Women Voters
    Objections “Disingenuous”

    Washington, DC - The League of Women Voters of the United States today called the planned procedures to pass health care reform legislation in the House of Representatives “OK.”

    The House Leadership has tentatively announced plans to adopt comprehensive health care reform legislation by a “deem and pass” procedure that would allow the House of Representatives to simultaneously pass both the Senate’s health care legislation and corrective measures in a reconciliation bill with one vote.  Those who have opposed health care reform from the beginning are attacking the procedure.   

    “As a nonpartisan citizen organization that has worked for 90 years to improve government procedures, educate the electorate, and make government at all levels more accessible and responsive to citizens, we are deeply concerned that opponents of health care reform have adopted a strategy of fear, delay and obfuscation,” said Mary G. Wilson, president of the national League of Women Voters. 

    “It is disingenuous to criticize the use of parliamentary procedures that have been employed for decades by the leadership of both parties.  This distracts from the real issue, which is health care reform,” according to Wilson.

    “The Constitution is very clear that the House of Representatives can adopt its own procedures for passing this kind of legislation,” said Wilson, referring to Article I, Section 5.

    “All the arguing by the pundits, partisans and politicians who oppose reform can’t change the fact that Congress decides on the procedures for passing a bill.  That is as the Founders intended when they created our representative, constitutional democracy,” Wilson concluded.

    Reporters may contact Kelly Ceballos (kceballos@lwv.org or 202-263-1331) to set up media interviews with President Mary Wilson.

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    The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

  • League President Mary G. Wilson sent a letter to the members of the House of Representatives urging them to vote for passage of the health care reform bill when it reaches the floor.

  • The League joined over 200 other national organizations representing consumers, medical groups, businesses and labor organizations urging Congress to pass health reform.

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kelly Ceballos
    January 27, 2010 202-263-1331

    CONGRESS MUST FINISH HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION
    League Urges Quick Response to Nation's Health Care Crisis

    Washington, DC –The following is a statement by Mary G. Wilson, national president of the League of Women Voters, on the fight for health care reform legislation in America.

    “We have a health care crisis in America.  Too many citizens lack adequate health insurance coverage and rising costs threaten everyone.  The failure of Congress to act on these issues over decades has simply compounded the problems and undermined faith in government. 

    “The League of Women Voters urges our elected members of Congress to finish work on health care reform and send a bill quickly to the President for his signature.  While many of the provisions of the House bill are preferable to those in the Senate version, we believe that the House of Representatives should step forward and pass the Senate bill.

    “Both the House and Senate have now passed comprehensive health care legislation, and the bills share many essential elements:  they greatly expand health care coverage to include millions more Americans; they protect the coverage that currently delivers care to most; they contain essential elements to reduce costs over the long term; and they accomplish these goals at a reasonable cost. 

    “Opponents of health care reform, however, have been irresponsible in adopting a strategy of fear, delay and obfuscation.  They have misled and lied about the provisions of the legislation and have relied on the 60-vote rule of the Senate to block progress.  These fundamentally anti-democratic tactics cannot be allowed to prevail. 

    “Medicare was enacted over strong opposition from those who opposed “socialized medicine.”  Social Security was adopted despite loud and prolonged complaints.  Yet, both these systems are now sacrosanct.  Many other accomplishments, from civil rights to environmental protection, were controversial when first adopted but have proven to be critical steps forward.  Health care reform is part of that tradition. 

    “We understand that there may be a number of ways for health care reform to succeed.  None of these possibilities will accomplish all that needs to be done, and Congress will need to revisit many issues in coming years.  But any of these alternatives moves us toward successful health care reform and thus is better than the status quo.  Congress should not miss this historic opportunity to enact comprehensive health care reform legislation.”

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