Friday, May 9, 2008

Elizabeth Edwards Addresses Senate Health Committee

Elizabeth Edwards recently testified before the Senate and made a clear case for what most rational people already know... people have a better chance of surviving (or preventing) an illness if they have affordable health coverage.

As reported by Think Progress:

Edwards urged the senators to “build on the successful system of employer-based coverage,” a system that covers 158 million Americans — and that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has promised to completely dismantle. Instead, he has proposed a paltry $5,000 tax credit for individuals to fend for themselves in the health insurance market, even though the average annual premium of an employer-based insurance policy is $12,000.

Edwards also mentioned the disturbing disparities in access faced by minorities. FamiliesUSA writes, “Although racial and ethnic minorities constitute one third of the total U.S. population, they comprise more than one half (52 percent) of the uninsured population. In fact, in 2003, 23 million of the 45 million uninsured were racial and ethnic minority Americans.” Rather than cover these people, McCain’s plan could result in 158 million more Americans losing their health insurance.

I agree with Elizabeth Edwards which is why I support Senator Ron Wyden's Healthy Americans Act

Yes, there are still a few people in Washington who are still trying help the average American.

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