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Sebelius Accuses GOP Ticket of 'Romnesia'

Oct. 24, 2012

Peter Roper

Women's Health

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign brought three highprofile Democratic women to Pueblo to energize volunteers Tuesday and to underline what they called Mitt Romney's failings on women's issues.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Jackson and Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, were on a two-day swing through the state. Sebelius and Jackson were making personal, not official, appearances for Obama.

Sebelius, the former Kansas governor, said Obama's Affordable Care Act stops the health insurance industry's practice of charging women more for health coverage, sometimes 50 percent more.

"Being a woman should no longer be a pre-existing condition," she said.

EMILY's List supports pro-choice women candidates nationally and Schriock faulted Romney for not backing the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which struck down time limits on a woman's ability to sue over past wage discrimination. Obama signed it in 2009.

"We are up against a Republican Party that wants to send us so far back that we won't even recognize this country anymore," she said.

Sebelius said Romney suffered from "Romnesia" in now claiming he supports women's rights to contraception -- which differs from his support for legislation to let some insurers, such as the Catholic Church, opt-out from having to provide contraception in health insurance policies for women workers.

But the message from the three women Tuesday was for Obama volunteers to get their supporters to vote as soon as possible.

"The road to the White House runs through Colorado once again," Jackson told volunteers. The Democratic trio came here one day after Romney's running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, led a rally at Pueblo West -- underlining the intense focus on Colorado's role in the November election.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

Source: (c) 2012 The Pueblo Chieftain (Pueblo, Colo.)

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