2 The economic crisis hasn’t suppressed that feeling
3 The economic crisis creates opportunity for us
a plan that…
keeps us healthy
gets more for our money
gives us peace of mind
… .really is smart really is right & it really is time
5 our campaign
1 People are desperate for change on health care
What is “ Joe the Plumber” thinking about health care?
an October 5 – 9 Lake Research national poll of likely voters
After the economy, health care is the most important issue to voters http://www.fightchronicdisease.org/resources/VoterSurvey.cfm
When asked what issue people are personally most worried about...
health care was the top issue
Specifically, people are worried about: Rising premiums & co-pays Losing their health insurance Quality of health care
Nearly 2/3 of voters favor providing access to affordable, quality health care for all Americans….
even if it means “ a major role for the federal government” or “ a tax increase”
“ Do you favor or oppose providing access to affordable, quality health care for all Americans……”
so…. the economic crisis hasn’t suppressed that feeling…. and may have even strengthened it
3 The economic crisis presents some opportunities for us
http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2008/09/28/weekinreview/20080928_MARSH_GRFK.html?scp=1&sq=700%20billion%20chart&st=cse When the crisis is big enough, we figure out how to deal with it
The debate over government’s role in the economy and in protecting people from economic forces and greed is over
The question now is how the government is involved and what does it do?
In both the financial and the health care worlds, the problem lies in the fact that the people who profit off the system are also the people running the system
The overall economy will be a big and lingering issue at the federal level
health care can and needs to be addressed at the state level
waiting is not an option
Need to act NOW at the front end rather than at the $700 billion back end
Half of all foreclosures are caused in part by medical problems including illness or injuries (32%), unmanageable medical bills (23%), lost work due to a medical problem (27%), or caring for sick family members (14%) August 2008 Harvard journal article http://works.bepress.com/christopher_robertson/2/