(TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) issued the following statement on Thursday, chiding the governor’s veto of legislation (A-2795) to expand Medicaid coverage for women’s health care:
“The governor’s lack of empathy for low income New Jerseyans is relentless.
“This bill would have helped women who may otherwise not be able to afford to go to the doctor, get the services they need by expanding Medicaid coverage for women’s health care.
“It was the right thing to do for moral and practical reasons. Many women play multiple familial roles, working and managing their homes. It is in our best interest to invest in their health.
“This is the latest in the governor’s dangerously dismissive attitude towards women’s health.
“The governor’s cuts to women’s health care funding have led to the closure of six women’s health care centers in the state, while others have had to cut back hours or increase wait times.
“Women in New Jersey again pay the price for the governor’s personal ambitions.”