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President Obama Warns Colorado Women That Romney Would Cut Health Benefits
2012-08-09 01:27:25 (211 weeks ago)
Posted By: Intellpuke
Seeking to rally female voters who helped push him to victory in 2008, President Barack Obama warned a crowd of mostly women in Colorado that Mitt Romney would slash health the benefits they received last week under the new health care law.

Standing in front of a big sign that read, “WOMEN’S HEALTH SECURITY” to emphasize the day’s message, the president touted recently-implemented measures in the health care law requiring all insurance companies to provide free preventive care for women. The Obama administration reports that 47 million women will receive free contraception, well-woman visits, breastfeeding supplies and family planning counseling.

Obama said Romney would slash those benefits on the first day of his presidency.

“He said he would take the affordable care act and kill it dead -- on the first day of his presidency. Kill it dead,” the president said as the crowd of 4,000 at the Auraria Event Center booed.

Reviving a debate over contraceptive coverage from earlier this year in which both parties accused the other of waging a “war on women,” the president said that Romney would let employers decide whether or not to offer women’s health services like contraceptives.

“I don’t think your boss should get to control the health care you get. I don’t think insurance companies should control the care that you get. I don’t think politicians should control the care that you get. I think there’s one person to make these decisions on health care and that is you,” he said.

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President Obama enlisted a familiar face from the contraception debate to introduce him in Denver: Sandra Fluke, a Georgetown law student and activist who testified on Capitol Hill about her school not covering birth control. She then became the face of the Democratic side of the issue after she was called a “slut” and “prostitute” by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Fluke praised the president for “defending my right to speak without being attacked. Mr. Romney could only say those weren’t the words he would have chosen. Well, Mr. Romney, you're not going to be the candidate we choose,” she said.

Obama’s two-day swing through Colorado, which he won by nine points in 2008, comes as a new Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS poll shows him trailing Romney in Colorado by five points, 50-45.

While Obama campaign officials stress that they always believed Colorado would be a competitive state, the president underscored how important he believes the Centennial State is to his re-election when he responded to the crowd’s chant of “four more years!”

“If we win Colorado, I’ll get four more years!” he said.

Obama continues his four-city Colorado trip later tonight in Grand Junction.

Intellpuke: You can read more of this article by NBC News Correspondent Ali Weinberg, reporting from Denver, Colorado, here:

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