President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a boon to maternal health, says Christy Turlington Burns. Burns, a model, advocate and founder of Every Mother Counts, notes that maternal health and maternal mortality in the U.S. is a much bigger problem than most people think; Amnesty International ranks it 50th in terms of maternal health. Watch Burns talk about how health care reform is a “big step in the right direction,” but that we still have a long way to go to protect maternal health:
“In the U.S., right here, we have a problem and we’ve had a problem and what the Affordable Health Care Act has done … is make every pregnant woman eligible for maternity care,” Burns said. “That’s a huge step because we lose two women per day in the United States and half of those are preventable deaths. And that’s just not acceptable when we’ve been spending more on health care per capita than any other country in the world.”
Burns is working to help every mother understand what every mother is entitled to under health care reform. “We can’t really say that we believe and care about families if we’re not looking after our moms,” she said. “So hallelujah to the ACA.”
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