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