Recovery also depends on strong anti-discrimination measures so we can ensure that discrimination no longer robs women, people of color and others of the wages they rightfully earn. We urge Congress to move quickly to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to address the gender-based wage discrimination that penalizes so many hard-working families.
We strongly support the President’s message that we must not balance the budget on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens. We must not renege on Medicare’s promise of financial stability for millions of older women. And people living in poverty and those with multiple health problems need a safety net that is strong and durable, not ravaged by arbitrary cuts that save money in the short-term but harm the very fabric of our society over time.
Finally, we echo the President’s call to fix what needs fixing in health reform, and move forward to implement the Affordable Care Act in ways that ensure that gender discrimination no longer pervades the insurance market, coverage is affordable for everyone, and our fragmented, uncoordinated system is transformed into one that provides quality, coordinated health care to every person and especially to those who rely on our health care system the most."
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at www.NationalPartnership.org.