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Patty murray presentation

  1. 1. Patty Murray for US Senate November 2, 2010
  2. 2. Our country is undergoing a health care crisis: The number of Americans without health insurance is staggering, and is getting worse: • Americans without health insurance increased from 15.4% in 2008 to 16.7% in 2009 • The number of people with health insurance decreased from 255.6 million in 2008 to 253.1 in 2009 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010)
  3. 3. In our current economy…. -Unemployment is increasing…but the cost of health care coverage and out of pocket expenses are INCREASING! -Most vulnerable to lack of health care coverage are: • The unemployed • Low income families • Ethnic/racial minorities • Children!
  4. 4. Our Children……
  5. 5. NO child should have to worry about health insurance. -In 2009, 10.0 percent of children under 18, or 7.5 million, were without health insurance. -Children in poverty, are already at greater risk for sickness and health conditions…are most likely to lack health coverage (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010)
  6. 6. Older Americans Our population is aging, resulting in more health care needs, but access for older adults is decreasing! -Most older adults depend on Medicare for health care coverage: -Medicare benefits have been decreasing, while costs of out of pocket expenses have increased (AARP, 2010) -Many older adults are susceptible to poverty
  7. 7. Mental Health We often ignore those suffering from chronic mental illness…. Did you know…??? Millions of people in the U.S. experience one or more mental health disorders at some point in their lifetime. Nearly one-third of the U.S. population experiences one or more disorder in a year Many Americans who suffer from mental illness are hard working, productive members of society! For many others, mental illness can be debilitating and place them at greater risk for unemployment, poverty, and no health coverage
  8. 8. Rising Rx Costs….are one of the main sources of increasing health costs overall Many Americans are forced to go without needed medications, even for chronic illnesses such as mental illness and diabetes, and many more, due to the outrageous cost of prescriptions, without health care coverage.
  9. 9. • We NEED someone in the U.S. Senate who will fight for our rights to affordable and adequate health care……. For Washington State…Patty Murray, is our ONLY option!!!!!!
  10. 10. Patty Murray has always defended our right to health care!! Patty Murray supports the new national health care bill, which increases access for health care to ALL Americans: While in the Senate Patty has: -Helped write and pass legislation for new health care reform -Voted for increases in Medicare and Medicaid benefits, for older and low income Americans, including Rx coverage -Supported the expansion of SCHIP (State children’s health insurance program) by making 2-4 million more children eligible.
  11. 11. -Supported legislation increasing mental health benefits, through the Mental Health Parity Act. -Fought for coverage for individuals commonly denied due to “pre-existing conditions.” Patty will continue to support these issues in her re-election.
  12. 12. Dino Rossi will not fight for our right to health care! -Rossi opposes equal access to health care for all Americans! • -Dino Rossi opposes the Health Care reform bill, which will expand health care coverage to Americans! • -Dino Rossi falsely claims that the new bill takes away people’s rights to choose or keep their own existing private policies! – The facts….The new bill does not force Americans to give up a health insurance plan they already have
  13. 13. Dino Rossi CLAIMS to defend the interests of the middle class, yet denies that the health care crises affects middle class Americans as much as anyone -Recent losses in private employer based insurances and unemployment make the middle class vulnerable too!
  14. 14. Dino Rossi believes that the new bill will increase premiums for working and middle class families….and that Medicare will be reduced… The Facts….? the new bill will provide access to individuals who have no other health care options, and will greatly INCREASE Medicare benefits to older Americans.
  15. 15. Patty Murray’s Support for Health Care
  16. 16. Dino Rossi on Health Care…
  17. 17. A response to Dino Rossi, from a King County voter, 29 year old Male • “He [Rossi] has not a concept of what this health care reform is. The majority of the bill doesn't kick in until 2014., but because the Health care industry is being stupid (as they have been and the reason why we have this bill) he is playing into people’s base fears and blaming the monster stupidity of the health care industry, which is operating like a for profit corporation on the bill that Patty Murray helped make. It would be akin to me scheduling an appointment to fix my car next week then getting mad at the mechanic because my car is broken and telling people that my mechanic is helping to destroy my car because it is not fixed yet.”
  18. 18. Do we want a senator who will walk out on our health care needs?!
  19. 19. Do you care about health care??? You Should!! We must re-elect Senator Patty Murray to represent Washington State in the U.S. Senate …… Our Health DEPENDS on it!