October 8, 2009

LKL Exclusive TONIGHT: The Democratic Women of the Senate

Posted: 11:15 AM ET

dw040726139.JPGTune in tonight for a truly historic Larry King Live - all 13 Democratic women of the Senate join Larry to discuss their fight to improve health care for women.

Each of the Senators spoke passionately on the Senate floor this morning to bring attention to health care issues facing women. For instance, insurance companies in most states charge women more than men for the same coverage. Also, in eight states and the District of Columbia, insurance companies deny coverage to victims of domestic violence. Very few insurance companies even cover maternity care. The Senators will discuss these problems and more tonight only on Larry King Live!

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alex lyrics   October 8th, 2009 12:46 pm ET

We need to replace all the me, and keep all women, perhaps they can get a health care bill with a public option, or even better a single payer system

whyputaname   October 8th, 2009 1:50 pm ET

Alex, I agree, I think we should send all the men packing and start electing women, considering that the men have a tendency to be dellusional!!!!

If it don't affect them than it isn't happening, that is my impression of the men!!!

Rose   October 8th, 2009 1:58 pm ET

Female senators – well educated, well qualified, knowledgeable about policies, depth of experience, articulate. The ignorant Sarah Palin pales in comparison to them. Last July Palin fired Alaska's top public health official and women's health champion Beverley Wooley (after 20 years of service). The reason being that Palin felt Wooley's "personal values" wasn't in step with her own.

The issue was about legislation that would have required girls under 17 to get parental consent for an abortion. Palin supported that as it may cause fewer abortions. Wooley was unwilling to get up in front of legislators and support Palin on this without data, not based Palin's personal belief. Parental involvement requirements also showed that girls tend to get abortions later in their pregnancy which is riskier.

I hope the female Democratic senators are taking positive actions re: the need to improve women's health care. For Palin to fire a long standing health official because of "beliefs" and "values" (the two most abused words in America) was reprehensible. Anyone who thinks Palin is a GOP leader for 2012 needs a serious reality check.

Janie in Louisiana   October 8th, 2009 6:59 pm ET

Very interesting! Will be watching tonight. Shocked to learn that some insurance companies WILL NOT cover dr. and hospital expenses for victims of abuse. One more thing the abuser will use as an excuse to abuse her again. And some people are so worried about the poor insurance companies! This still amazes me!

Just the fact that there are 13 Democratic women in the senate is a bit amazing to me. I am 58. Yet, I know that they fall short of truly representing the large number of American women that need representing in areas like health care, etc.

If you can, please ask them what, if any, challenges they face as Democratic women in the Senate. Am proud of all of them! Even proud of some of the Republican women, except that one you had on your show with Cargill the other night! (smile)

LacrosseMom   October 8th, 2009 7:21 pm ET

To Janie: that's right, its immoral for BIG Insurance not to cover victims of abuse!

Gee, Larry, last night you had GOP-haters, tonight you have intelligent women of Congress on! BRAVO!

Dear Ladies of the House & Senate,

PLEASE pass the Healthcare Bill, 45,000 Americans die every year because they do not have healthcare. Passing Healthcare is about doing the right thing, the moral and Christian thing!

Rose   October 8th, 2009 7:57 pm ET

According to the World Health Organization the US health system spends a higher portion of its Gross Domestic Product than any other country but ranks quite low (37th) for a Western nation. Britain spends just 6% of GSP on health services and ranks high.

Many countries in Europe rank very high in taking care of their people's health needs. We should focus more on fixing a very broken and exploited health care system, where the poor are the most neglected and insurance companies are getting richer – instead of all the fear mongering about "socialism".

Access to affordable health care is part of a what a strong democracy is about. Neglecting the poor, abused and sick is unfair and un-American. Letting them die for financial reasons is criminal. Health care for all must be accomplished.

chaney   October 8th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

With all due respect Ladies.....we elected President Obama because of his campaign platform... healthcare being at the top.......Dems have a majority, the perfect opportunity to get things done.... and guess What? we cant.......... the opposition has constantly told bald faced lies about reform in order to derail it.... pure and simple....... please get this done.... before anyone takes any more breaks.......

Theodis Butler   October 8th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

No. This is for real. One new world order. How do you get all these people to agree? I wonder if they practiced this and how many times. Are they really looking out for our best interests? What if they weren't?

vicky   October 8th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Hi Larry what happened to you

Past 3 weeks your show is excellent

Anita McCloy   October 8th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Mr. King, you are a powerful voice of news. It is imperative that you ensure the truth on all matters, particularly the health care debate, be reported. I personally believe that a good deal of the information reported by the Democratic Women Senators on your show tonight did not speak the truth. Women do NOT pay more for insurance and I never heard of a state that treated pregnancy any different than "any other illness". You need to check with insurance commissioners in the majority of the states. Also about prescriptions. And you should discuss medicaid. It needs reformed but mostly that means medicaid needs oversight by accountability. The general public deserve to know the truth.

Craig Netzer, M.D.   October 9th, 2009 4:16 am ET

In tonight's conversation with the Women Democrat Senators, Debbie Stabenow said: "We're going to stop the bad insurance practices and strengthen Medicare. And for us, we know - we're confronted every day with the fact that 14 million people get up in the morning, got up today with insurance, and will go to bed tonight without it. That is absolutely unacceptable." This is a classic example of scare tactics. Given her math (logic / illogic) that would mean in TWENTY-ONE days, the entire U.S. population of 300 million would be without insurance. She is obviously manipulating statistics counting those who CHANGE insurance and insinuating something entirely different. Shame on you, Senator Stabenow! Is that really what you meant to say?!?

Susan62509   October 9th, 2009 4:31 am ET

In private insurance policies women's insurance does cost more . Also, the older you get, the higher the premiums are. For smokers, men or women, it's even higher that if you don't smoke.

With employer provided insurance, men and women, regardless of age, all pay the same amount which is deducted from our salary. The employer insurance is averaged together for men and women.

Also for those individuals that do not have medical insurance, you can go to any Walmart and they will charge you $4.00 for your prescription if it appears on their list. Check their website for the list. I've been using Walmart for 2 years, with and without medical insurance. It's great.

Dodie ~ California   October 9th, 2009 1:33 pm ET

Does it really matter what is being done about female coverage? Without government option, the insurance companies can continue as status quo! I see it as a way for these senators to regain their composure. Unfortunately, that is of little consequence or help to us now!

Jim Carroll internetfreepress   October 9th, 2009 8:22 pm ET

WHAT IS THE BIG FUSS OVER 829 BILLION DOLLARS FOR HEALTH-CARE? BACK POCKET CHANGE WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE THREE TRILLION DOLLARS THAT WE GAVE TO THE DEVIL DAMN FRIGGING BANKS. More than equal value will be created in goods and services for every dollar spent on health-care. We need to get off of a gold standard mentality. Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution provides all the gold mining tools needed. Money
must be created before equal value can be created. Goods and Services is what has real value–not gold and silver as Adam Smith, the Father of Capitalism, tried to point out to the News Media of his time.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   October 11th, 2009 2:06 am ET

Go ladies go.

Kathryn   October 11th, 2009 12:17 pm ET

Obama has done more about peace than miserably mean Limbaugh ever or will ever do! Limbaugh makes me want to puke when I hear his name.

As for Michael Steele, thank God for president Obama or he would never have been undeservingly placed in the position of chairman of the GOP!

Steele is the GOP's puppet that they string out in the media every now and then to tease or provoke the president.

alex lyrics   October 11th, 2009 7:25 pm ET

Michael steel should call President Obama his daddy, because he has been feeding off of Obama for almost a year now .

If Obama wasn’t president, the republican racist would have never given Michael Steele his job. So Michael Steele should thank Obama for putting food on his families table.

President Obama needs to not listen to the Republican party, just like they are refusing to side with or compromise with him .

Obama needs to not give in to republicans, and end the war in Afganistan, pull our troops out and back.

Why should Obama send more troops?

The Left wing Democrates want the troops home.

The republicans love warf, and hate, so they want to send more troops.

The republican party is a war party.

Why should Obama listent to them?? They have not worked with Obama on any issue.

It is time for Obama to piss of the republicans andd show them that they need to deal with him and negotiate on healthcare.

Obama needs to repeal the don’t ask don’t tell and give all gat people full equal rights, that would really piss off those republican clsoet cases.

Mr. President, if you want to know the riught thing to do, then always do the opposite of what the Republicans want.

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