Just a tad over-dramatic.
(CNSNews.com) — In terms of health care, women will become “first-class citizens” as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare, according to Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.).
“American women have been second-class citizens when it comes to health care. In fact, women pay a billion dollars more per year for health care than do men,” said Speier during a press conference on Tuesday to highlight the benefits provided to women by the ACA, which was signed into law in March 2010.
“But with the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, starting in 2014, no longer will women be second-class citizens,” she said. “We will attain the position of first-class citizens in this country because no longer can there be gender discrimination in the providing of health care.”
Speier and several other Democratic congresswomen held the press conference to discuss the benefits enjoyed by women under Obamacare. While the health care reform was signed into law in 2010, many of its more sweeping changes to the health care system in the country do not go into full effect until 2014.