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Health insurance reform as a women's issue

First lady Michelle Obama argued in a speech last week that health insurance reform is "very much a women's issue." Appearing with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Obama noted that women are disproportionately hurt by inadequate health insurance because they are more likely to work as part-time employees or in small businesses — jobs that are less likely to offer health insurance, the Washington Post reported. Women pay more for insurance than men of similar age for the same coverage, Obama said, and they are predominantly responsible for making medical appointments for their children and dealing with sick and elderly parents.

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