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ICYMI: NH Democrats accuse Bush, other Republicans of not caring about women’s health

Simpson charged that Bush, as governor “prevented state Medicaid funds from covering women’s health services. He vetoed $2 million for the Breast Cancer Institute at the University of Miami. He vetoed funding for the Cervical Cancer Task Force. And he vetoed over $300,000 in Planned Parenthood funding, making it harder for Florida women, many of whom had no health insurance nor eligibility for Medicaid, from getting the care and services they need.”

Sullivan said she has been “outraged with how some of the GOP candidates are so flippantly dismissing critical issues to women and families in New Hampshire” and elsewhere…

Sullivan said Bush’s comment earlier this week questioning the need to spend “a half billion dollars for women’s health issues” – comments he later walked back – show “he simply doesn’t think women’s health is a priority.” She said she does not believe Bush when he said he “misspoke.”

“When women have access to health care, families are healthier and stronger. Period,” Sullivan said. She said access to health care has improved since the Affordable Care Act became law, “but Jeb Bush and every single other GOP presidential candidate want to repeal that, too.”…

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New Hampshire Democrats accuse Bush, other Republicans of not caring about ‘women’s health’

WMUR // John DiStaso 

MANCHESTER, N.H. —Two key New Hampshire Democrats charged Friday that the Fox News Republican debate showed the candidates are taking pride in belittling women and denying them access to health services.

In a conference call organized by the New Hampshire Democratic Party, state Rep. Alexis Simpson, D-Exeter, and Democratic National Committeewoman Kathy Sullivan took particular aim at Jeb Bush, who is in New Hampshire Friday.

The Bush campaign countered that the former Florida governor has a strong record of providing health services to women while vetoing funding for the Planned Parenthood organization.

Simpson said that as a mother, “I believe politics should never interfere with a woman’s ability to obtain quality health care,” but she said Republicans “are more interested in putting politics ahead of women’s access to health care.”

Simpson charged that Bush, as governor “prevented state Medicaid funds from covering women’s health services. He vetoed $2 million for the Breast Cancer Institute at the University of Miami. He vetoed funding for the Cervical Cancer Task Force. And he vetoed over $300,000 in Planned Parenthood funding, making it harder for Florida women, many of whom had no health insurance nor eligibility for Medicaid, from getting the care and services they need.”

Sullivan said she has been “outraged with how some of the GOP candidates are so flippantly dismissing critical issues to women and families in New Hampshire” and elsewhere.

She said that at the Thursday night debate, businessman Donald Trump “made misogynistic and offensive comments and received applause.” She said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on a Friday morning talk show “failed to condemn Trump’s comments.”

She noted that Walker and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said during the debate they support a ban on abortions with no exceptions.

Sullivan said Bush’s comment earlier this week questioning the need to spend “a half billion dollars for women’s health issues” – comments he later walked back – show “he simply doesn’t think women’s health is a priority.” She said she does not believe Bush when he said he “misspoke.”

“When women have access to health care, families are healthier and stronger. Period,” Sullivan said. She said access to health care has improved since the Affordable Care Act became law, “but Jeb Bush and every single other GOP presidential candidate want to repeal that, too.”…

“Jeb Bush is falling in line with all the other Republican candidates for president, and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, and (Executive Councilor) Chris Sununu and other state Republicans who continue to spout ideas that are not only out-of-touch with Granite Staters, they’re just wrong,” Sullivan said…

 

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