Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week. Mikulski is the longest serving woman in Congressional history, and she'll appear with Democratic women Senate candidates. She talks with WAMU All Things Considered host Pat Brogan about what to expect this week at the DNC.
What she expects to say and hopes to highlight with her event: "We're fired up. But our message is simply this, that every issue is a women's issue," Mikulski says. We want a stronger economy, a safer nation, and to make sure we're smarter about the funding. We'll show that we Democratic women in the Senate focus on the macro issues, but also the macaroni and cheese issues — the issues that affect families."
On whether the Obamacare law has become a liability for Democrats: "The Republicans have voted in the House 33 times to repeal Obamacare. They keep pounding their chests, banging on the table, saying they want to repeal, or replace [it], but they've come up with no ideas," Mikulski says. "The law's not a liability for those who are benefitting from this … take the young people who now can stay on their parents' health insurance until they're 26 … how about the fact that insurance companies cannot deny health care to families where their child has a preexisting condition, like juvenile diabetes or cerebral palsy? Do they want to just throw those people off? There are millions of people who are better off today because of Obamacare than they were under George W. Bush."
Listen to the full audio of Mikulski's interview.